12-screen cinema to open in Jeddah by end of year

The chosen films will reflect community values in the Kingdom. (Reuters/File)
Updated 26 October 2018

12-screen cinema to open in Jeddah by end of year

  • The cinema occupies an 8,000-square-meter space and will have 1,472 seats in 12 halls

JEDDAH: The Red Sea Mall will host the first cinema to open in Jeddah following the decision in December 2017 by the General Authority for Audiovisual Media (GCAM) to reopen cinemas in the Kingdom.

“We are expecting the opening to be by the end of this year,” said Mohammed Al-Asiri, the mall’s marketing manager. 

He added that the cinema, operated by regional company Vox, occupies an 8,000-square-meter space and will have 1,472 seats in 12 halls, including standard and VIP halls, an IMAX screen, a 4DX auditorium with motion-controlled seats, and halls for children.

“There will also be special seats for people with special needs,” said Al-Asiri. “The standard halls will contain 165 or 130 seats, there will be 48 seats in each of the golden (VIP) halls, the IMAX hall will have up to 280 seats, the 4DX hall will have 62 seats, and there will be 66 seats in each of the halls allocated for children.

“The IMAX screen is about 13 meters long and is 24 meters tall, which is equivalent to 10 regular displays, according to experts. This technology has the ability to film and display movies with greater size and accuracy than any traditional film system.”

Ticket prices, Al-Asiri said, will be set according to rules and regulations set by the relevant authorities. “Tickets will be sold both online and on site, with the option to select desired seats,” he added.

Regarding the choice of movies to screen, he said: “There is certainly no specific quality but the focus will be on family movies in general.” He added that the chosen films will reflect community values in the Kingdom and the tastes of all age groups.

The cinema is part of an expansion at the mall that includes other entertainment facilities and a large number of restaurants and coffee shops. A source in the mall said that Gate No. 9, overlooking King Abdul Aziz Road, will be named the “Entertainment Gate” as it will be the main entrance for the cinema.

Al-Asiri said that the mall had signed an agreement with Vox, a Majid Al Futtaim company, which he described as one of the region’s leading cinema operators.

“Vox cinema will invest SR2 billion ($530 million) in the (Saudi) cinema industry to develop up to 600 screens, and will provide 3,000 job opportunities over the next five years to contribute to achieving a goal of Vision 2030 to diversify the local economy and output,” he added.

 


G20 media committee holds first press conference in Riyadh

Updated 17 February 2020

G20 media committee holds first press conference in Riyadh

  • There will be coverage of over 135 meetings and conferences, to which end we will be creating an international media center that can accommodate up to 10,000 journalists

RIYADH: The media committee of the G20 Summit held its introductory press conference on Sunday afternoon at the headquarters of the Saudi Press Agency in Riyadh.

Both local and foreign media were invited to view the year’s schedule of events, ask the media committee questions and understand the objectives of the summit.
“Thanks to the direction of King Salman and constant support from the crown prince, the Kingdom has prepared a full schedule that will guarantee the success of this historic event,” said Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah.
He talked about the facilities that would be made available to the members of the press throughout the year, including an international media center that would serve as the central hub for all media activities in the summit.
“The media committee has prepared a full strategic plan to provide members of both foreign and local press with all of the resources they will need to cover the G20. There will be coverage of over 135 meetings and conferences, to which end we will be creating an international media center that can accommodate up to 10,000 journalists,” he said.
He added that media facilities would be available to accredited journalists and in multiple languages for journalists across the world.
Fahd Al-Mubarak, minister of state and Saudi Arabia’s G20 sherpa, said: “Having such a large number of media professionals really underscores the importance of the role the Kingdom plays in leading the 2020 G20 Summit.”
Al-Mubarak highlighted some of the challenges the summit was facing this year, notably the coronavirus, which he said that they were actively discussing and trying to overcome.
Fahd Al-Tunisi, adviser at the royal court and secretary-general of the Saudi Secretariat for the G20, highlighted the importance of the media in getting Saudi Arabia’s messages across.
Due to the G20’s own rules and regulations, not all of the G20 meetings and conferences will be open for members of the media to attend. However, Al-Tunisi told reporters that all of the necessary resources would be made available to them online and at the international media center, and that more press conferences would be held as necessary to bring them up to speed.