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Qatar expected to have two more IMAX screens by next year

The Mall of Qatar, which is set to open next year, will host a 19 screen Cinemacity movie complex, including an IMAX screen equipped with a brand-new digital laser projection system. Continue Reading →

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Doha Festival City to offer country’s first 4D cinema

The technology allows viewers to experience sensations as well as visuals, such as rain, fog, wind, bubbles, scents and vibrations, depending on what’s on-screen. Continue Reading →

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Opening of new West End Park cinema offers low-cost entertainment

Seats at the new cinema are QR15 each, half the price of tickets are other movie theaters in Qatar, and all are welcome. Three other screens are expected to be open in the coming months. Continue Reading →

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Controversial Indian film ‘Grand Masti’ banned in Qatar, UAE

A newly released Indian comedy that has drawn criticism for vulgar dialogue and obscene content even its its home country has now been banned from movie theaters in Qatar and the UAE. In a message on its Facebook page yesterday, Qatar Cinemas, which operates movie theaters at the Mall, Royal Plaza and Landmark mall, announced the news about Grand Masti:

Attention please! Hindi movie Grand masti has been banned in Qatar. All shows will be canceled!!! Sorry for inconvenience…

The film, a sequel to the 2004 Masti and loosely based on the American Pie movie series, was also banned in the UAE, with the National Media Council citing “sexually explicit scenes” as the primary reason, Maktoob reports. Continue Reading →

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Pearl-Qatar to be home of country’s second IMAX theater

As part of an expanded partnership with IMAX Corp., Gulf Film will open three new IMAX theaters across the Gulf, including in Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE. The site of that theater in Qatar will be inside of a new cinema complex at Medina Centrale at the Pearl, Gulf Film has told Doha News. It will be Qatar’s second experience with IMAX, which has a screen at the cinema in Villaggio mall. 
Speaking about the agreement, which was reached this week, IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond said:

“With 50 percent of the population under 25 and a growing appetite for Hollywood blockbusters, we view the Middle East as a region with tremendous growth potential and, with today’s agreement, we are capitalizing on these opportunities and executing against our goal of international network expansion.” As the first second* standalone cinema complex in Qatar, the Pearl project will include 10 screens, a private lounge and dining options, among other offerings. It was originally slated to open last year, but is now on track for a 2014 opening, a Gulf Film spokeswoman confirmed. 
The UAE-based group was acquired by Q.media last year, which has announced plans to open dozens more theaters in Qatar over the next three years. That includes a site in Al Khor and a huge cinema complex in the northern part of the country. 
Meanwhile, competing UAE-based company VOX Cinemas has also said it plans to pursue opportunities in Qatar. Continue Reading →

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DFI to screen hit Korean action movie ‘The Thieves’

Starting tonight at 7pm, the Doha Film Institute will screen top-grossing Korean film “The Thieves” at the Katara Drama Theatre. In a similar vein to Ocean’s 11, the action movie follows a group of thieves’ attempt to steal a $20 million diamond locked up in an impregnable vault in a casino. But unlike the American hit film, in this movie, “there’s no honor among thieves.”
Here’s a trailer of the the flick, which has a running time of two hours and 16 minutes. Tickets are QR35 and the movie, which will be subtitled in Arabic and English, will be screened through Aug. 28. Continue Reading →

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Pearl-Qatar to see new Spinneys in September, cinema complex next year

Over the next year, the Pearl-Qatar will expand its offerings to include the country’s first standalone cinema complex and a Spinney’s supermarket that is four times the size of its existing Pearl branch. The news comes as the real estate development battles negative publicity over an ongoing alcohol ban on the island and complaints from residents about excessive engine noise from “joy-riding” drivers. The previously-estimated $10 million movie theater was slated to open last year, but is now looking at a 2014 completion date, Qatar Media Services announced this week. It is being built by UAE-based Gulf Film, which Q.media acquired last year. According to a company statement, the 10-screen complex will include a VIP theater, a private lounge and dining options, as well as “blockbuster” movie releases. Continue Reading →

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Pearl-Qatar to see new Spinneys in September, cinema complex next year

Over the next year, the Pearl-Qatar will expand its offerings to include the country’s first standalone cinema complex and a Spinney’s supermarket that is four times the size of its existing Pearl branch. The news comes as the real estate development battles negative publicity over an ongoing alcohol ban on the island and complaints from residents about excessive engine noise from “joy-riding” drivers. The previously-estimated $10 million movie theater was slated to open last year, but is now looking at a 2014 completion date, Qatar Media Services announced this week. It is being built by UAE-based Gulf Film, which Q.media acquired last year. According to a company statement, the 10-screen complex will include a VIP theater, a private lounge and dining options, as well as “blockbuster” movie releases. Continue Reading →

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Villaggio mall cinema-goers evacuated after snack machine malfunctions

For the second time this week, Villaggio Mall has been evacuated due to a fire-related matter, this time in the cinema area. Here’s the latest. UPDATE | 12:43pm
Here’s a short video of the mall during the evacuation, courtesy of Fahad Al-Hedfa:

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Late-night Villaggio Mall movie-goers were evacuated from the cinema around 1:15am Saturday morning, reportedly following an incident with a malfunctioning snack machine there, eyewitnesses have told Doha News. It is the second fire-related evacuation this week. Civil defense at villaggio #doha #qatar now twitter.com/Eslam3amer/sta…
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@dohanews A fire has broken out in Villaggio’s cinema. Continue Reading →

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UAE’s VOX Cinemas eyes Qatar for expansion

Embarking on an ambitious plan to quadruple the number of screens it has by 2016, UAE movie theater chain VOX Cinemas may add Qatar to its base, the National reports. “We have a few opportunities in Qatar that we are pursuing that we will be announcing pretty shortly,” said Cameron Mitchell, chief executive of Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas, the conglomerate that controls VOX. Previously, an official at Doha Festival City told Doha News that VOX Cinemas is expected to be a tenant in the 500 shop-development. Mitchell continues:

Qatar, he said, is “under screened” and lacks international grade cinemas. “The cinemas there are quite old whereas we are entering the market with 100 per cent digital, more 3D, bigger screens, more VIP,” said Mr Mitchell. Continue Reading →

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