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Study: Book loans on the wane while more Qatar residents watch movies

Despite Qatar’s ongoing population boom, the total number of books checked out of the seven state-run libraries in the country dropped 30 percent between 2011 and 2013, according to government figures. Continue Reading →

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West End Park Cinema

Movie-goers disappointed after Qatar’s West End Park cinema closes

Due to management changes, and a need to revamp some of the interior, the cinema will be temporarily shut for an indeterminate amount of time, a supervisor there told Doha News. Continue Reading →

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Pearl Cinema

PHOTOS: Pearl-Qatar IMAX cinema to open on July 28

The Monday opening is set to coincide with Eid al-Fitr, which falls either on July 28 or July 29 this year. The complex will have 12 screens, including a VIP theater and an IMAX theater. Continue Reading →

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remembering ada

Fundraising campaign launched for film set in Qatar & the Philippines

“Remembering Ada” follows a couple who falls in love in the Middle East but are separated for political and cultural reasons, only to be reunited 50 years later. Continue Reading →

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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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Vox Cinema

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 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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