Novo Cinemas

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Novo Cinemas
Private company
Founded May 15, 2000; 18 years ago (2000-05-15)
Headquarters Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Number of locations
15 ( August 2017)
Area served
UAE, Qatar and Bahrain
Key people
Debbie Stanford-Kristiansen, CEO
Selim Azar, CEO Gulf Film LLC[1]
Owner Elan Qatar W.L.L
Website novocinemas.com

Novo Cinemas is a movie theatre chain owned by Gulf Film LLC operating in the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), Qatar and Bahrain. It is headquartered in Dubai and considered as the largest cinema chain in the Middle East.[2] [3]

It was previously known as Grand Cinemas since 2000 until it relaunched on May 6, 2014 under the Novo Cinemas name,[4] with theatres located in Qatar,[5] Bahrain,[6] Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras al-Khaimah.

Despite the 2014 rebrand, the Grand Cinemas brand itself continues to exist as a separate corporate entity based in Lebanon, owned by Selim Ramia & Co., one of the co-founders and former executives of Gulf Film LLC.

History[edit]

The Grand Cinemas brand name was launched in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2000. It was relaunched on May 6, 2014 as Novo Cinemas.[7]

In July 2005, Grand Cinemas launched the first IMAX in the Middle East at Ibn Battuta Mall Megaplex in Dubai.[8]

In July 2007, the Grand Cinemas franchise expands into Lebanon under the ownership of local businessman Selim Ramia, one of the co-founders of the Gulf Film LLC Group. The company continues presently as an independent entity despite the 2014 rebrand in the U.A.E.

Features[edit]

  • Novo SKY - Standard balcony seating
  • MediaMation's MX4D - Dedicated theater to utilize MX4D motion seat technology programmed to the movie.
  • Novo EDGE - Top vantage point seating[9]
  • Novo COOL - Seating designed for optimal viewing comfort[10]
  • Novo 3D - Real 3D experience[11]
  • Novo 7-Star - Retractable seats, personalized "Butler Service", Exclusive amenities and privacy[12]
  • IMAX - Large screen with IMAX technology[13]

Services[edit]

  • Online booking
  • Mobile booking

Private Bookings[edit]

  • Private screenings
  • Birthday parties
  • Special events
  • Team building

Branches[edit]

United Arab Emirates[edit]

Dubai[edit]

  • Ibn Battuta Mall (IMAX)
  • Dubai Festival City
  • Dragon Mart 2

Abu Dhabi[edit]

  • The Mall of The World Center
  • Bawabat Al Sharq Mall, Baniyas

Ras Al Khaimah[edit]

  • Manar Mall

Sharjah[edit]

  • Buhairah Centre
  • Mega Mall
  • Sahara Center

Qatar[edit]

  • The Pearl (IMAX)
  • 01 Mall
  • Mall of Qatar
  • Souq Waqif

Bahrain[edit]

  • Seef Mall, Muharraq (IMAX)[14]

See also[edit]

The Movie Masters Cinema Group, Grand Cinemas is also a cinema chain, operating under parent company Movie Masters, in Western Australia. "Movie Masters" also operates Ace Cinemas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DEBBIE STANFORD-KRISTIANSEN". Executive Women. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Revealed: New Novo Cinema in Dubai". Time Out Dubai. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  3. ^ "Grand Cinemas Announces Rebranding as Novo Cinemas; Presenting a new and Innovative Cinematic Experience". Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  4. ^ "Grand Cinemas Announces Rebranding as Novo Cinemas; Presenting a new and Innovative Cinematic Experience". Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  5. ^ https://www.imax.com/theatres/t/novo-cinemas-imax-the-pearl/
  6. ^ "Novo Cinemas opens first IMAX in Bahrain". ArabianBusiness.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  7. ^ "Novo Cinemas UAE". Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  8. ^ "IMAX Theater - Grand Megaplex - Ibn Battuta Mall [Dubai] - TEN Movies". movies.theemiratesnetwork.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  9. ^ Sethi, Gaganjeet Singh (2014-05-09). "iThink: Events: Unveiling Novo Cinemas". iThink. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  10. ^ Sethi, Gaganjeet Singh (2014-05-09). "iThink: Events: Unveiling Novo Cinemas". iThink. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  11. ^ Sethi, Gaganjeet Singh (2014-05-09). "iThink: Events: Unveiling Novo Cinemas". iThink. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  12. ^ Sethi, Gaganjeet Singh (2014-05-09). "iThink: Events: Unveiling Novo Cinemas". iThink. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  13. ^ Sethi, Gaganjeet Singh (2014-05-09). "iThink: Events: Unveiling Novo Cinemas". iThink. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  14. ^ "Novo Cinemas opens first IMAX in Bahrain". ArabianBusiness.com. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 

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