Empire Cinemas celebrates a Wonder-ful opening night in Jeddah

Empire Cinemas celebrates a Wonder-ful opening night in Jeddah
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Empire Cinemas marked the opening of its 18-screen multiplex at Al-Andalus Mall in Jeddah with a special screening of the superhero sequel “Wonder Woman 1984.” (Supplied)
Empire Cinemas celebrates a Wonder-ful opening night in Jeddah
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Empire Cinemas marked the opening of its 18-screen multiplex at Al-Andalus Mall in Jeddah with a special screening of the superhero sequel “Wonder Woman 1984.” (Supplied)
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Empire Cinemas marked the opening of its 18-screen multiplex at Al-Andalus Mall in Jeddah with a special screening of the superhero sequel “Wonder Woman 1984.” (Supplied)
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Updated 21 December 2020

Empire Cinemas celebrates a Wonder-ful opening night in Jeddah

Empire Cinemas celebrates a Wonder-ful opening night in Jeddah
  • Middle East’s first home-grown cinema chain launches its third Saudi location with a special screening of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’
  • The 18-screen multiplex at Al-Andalus Mall includes the first regional example of the Sphera premium-cinema concept

JEDDAH: Empire Cinemas, the Middle East’s first home-grown cinema brand, has opened its third venue in Saudi Arabia. The launch of the 18-screen multiplex, at Al-Andalus Mall in Jeddah, was marked by a special screening of the superhero sequel “Wonder Woman 1984.”

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The venue includes a number of innovations, including the region’s first example of CinemaNext’s Sphera premium-cinema concept. The 142-seat auditorium is fitted with state-of-the-art audiovisual technology, including Flexound Augmented Audio.

Other screens offer offers Dolby Atmos technology, and two of Empire Cinemas’ signature concepts: Minis, which includes a private play area and special concessions and entertainment for little ones; and Empire Premiere, which offers discerning movie lovers a more luxurious cinema experience, including a private lounge in which customers can enjoy serviced dining before watching the film while relaxing in lavish, reclining seats.

“We have a high standard for comfort, design and innovation,” said Gino Haddad, the chain’s CEO. “Empire Cinemas is proud to be the first cinema operator in the region to have installed CinemaNext’s Sphera, with its innovative ambient LED wall system, as well as augmented audio technology seats through its association with Flexound Augmented Audio.”

Empire Cinemas opened its first Saudi venue in Jazan in December 2019, followed by a second in Abha last month.

“We plan to expand up to 15 locations (in the Kingdom) within the next three to four years,” said Haddad.

The history of Empire Cinemas can be traced back more than 100 years to the opening of a cinema in Beirut in 1919.


Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 
Updated 18 January 2021

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

DUBAI: US TikTok star Addison Rae stepped out in a pair of heels by Lebanese footwear designer Andrea Wazen this week.

The Beirut-based designer, who is the younger sister of Lebanese fashion influencer Karen Wazen,  launched her eponymous, celebrity-approved label in 2013 following stints with some of the most renowned footwear designers in the world, including Christian Louboutin and Rupert Sanderson. 

The designer’s impressive list of celebrity clientele covers a broad spectrum of stars, from Hailey Bieber to Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Lopez to Kylie Jenner, who have all donned Andrea Wazen’s strappy sandals and stilettos.

Rae, who rose to fame doing fun-to-replicate dances, opted for the Immy mules in multi-color. The fanciful footwear features mesh lined with leather  and a cone-shaped heel. She paired it with a bright yellow sweater and mom jeans. 

It’s not the first time the 20-year-old has been seen rocking an Andrea Wazen design. 

Last month, the Tik Tok star shared an Instagram Story with her 33.2 million followers in which she was spotted wearing clear pointy-toed shoes with white-strap detailing, called the Dassy PVC pumps. 

She styled the shoes with a white shirt dress from French luxury label Louis Vuitton that featured large pockets on the sides and was tied at the waist with a matching belt.

Indeed, Rae seems to be a fan of the Wazen family’s businesses. 

In recent months, she’s also been seen wearing  sunglasses by Karen Wazen Eyewear, including a pair of “Vicky” in navy blue shades from Karen’s line, which launched in December 2018.

Meanwhile, Rae isn’t the only star who has fallen head over heels for Andrea Wazen. 

US actress Emma Roberts recently donned a blush, floral Ganni dress paired with shoes by Lebanese footwear designer.

She opted for the Denver Lavender pumps, a pair of mesh sandals with an adjustable buckle strap.

“The Kissing Booth” star Joey King is also a fan. 

The 21-year-old was spotted wearing the 90s-inspired Gloria mules for a recent press event in Los Angeles. She paired the mules with a top and matching leggings from New York-based label Lirika Matoshi and a By Far bag.