Kinepolis Group opens Europe’s very first all-laser cinema theater
Kortrijk, Belgium, 22 June 2016 – Digital cinema leader Barco is thrilled to see adoption of its laser projectors expand rapidly across the world. Kinepolis Group, will soon open Europe’s first ‘all-Barco laser’ multiplex in Breda, the Netherlands. The brand-new, ten-screen Kinepolis cinema complex will feature one Barco Flagship Laser and nine Barco phosphor laser projectors. A long-term Barco customer, Kinepolis group has always been an early adopter of Barco’s Flagship Laser projectors: in 2014, it was the first European cinema exhibitor to introduce Barco’s Flagship Laser technology.
The Kinepolis Group has been committed to providing Europe’s cinema-goers with a unique movie experience ever since its foundation. Barco has been its trusted technology provider along the way. “Just like Barco, Kinepolis Group is on a constant quest to introduce new, innovative technologies that help bring back the magic of the movies. We knew that our investment in Barco’s laser-illuminated projectors would help us bring the movie-going experience to new levels. We’ve been proven right,” said Eddy Duquenne, CEO of Kinepolis Group. Duquenne and his team have now confirmed their trust in Barco’s laser technology by going all-Barco laser in Breda.
Best possible movie-going experience + huge operational efficiencies
The largest auditorium in the Breda multiplex will feature a top-of-the-range, ultra-bright Barco Flagship Laser projector (DP4K-30L). In the other cinema rooms, Kinepolis will install five DP2K-15CLP and four 20,000-lumen DP2K-20CLP laser phosphor projectors. Duquenne: “We’ll now be able to offer the moviegoers in Breda the best possible imaging technology. More than that, the choice of Barco’s Flagship Laser and laser phosphor projector also ensures enhanced ease of use and even cost and energy savings, thanks to the absence of lamps.”
Another European première
“With our laser phosphor projectors, the Kinepolis multiplex in Breda is sure to enjoy superior image quality, while saving money due to the absence of xenon lamps. Our Flagship Laser projector, for its part, will ensure exceptional image quality at Kinepolis’ Laser Ultra theater. More than that, surveys have confirmed that moviegoers will return more often to the cinema theater for a movie in razor-sharp, laser quality. Kinepolis choice of laser was therefore also a smart one from a revenue – and marketing – point of view,” says Stijn Hendrickx, Vice President Cinema for Barco.
Wim Buyens, Barco’s Head of Entertainment, is proud to strengthen Barco’s longstanding strategic relationship with Kinepolis. “Kinepolis and Barco have always been at the forefront of cinema technology innovation. With this exciting new all-laser complex, we’re taking our engagement another step further.”
Kinepolis Group was formed in 1997 as a result of the merger of two family cinema groups and was listed on the stock exchange in 1998. Kinepolis offers an innovative cinema concept which serves as a pioneering model within the industry. Kinepolis Group NV has 46 cinemas spread across Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Poland. In addition to its cinema business, the Group is also active in film distribution, event organization, screen publicity and property management. 2,300 employees are committed each day to providing millions of cinema visitors an unforgettable movie experience.
Barco, a global technology company, designs and develops visualization products for a variety of selected professional markets. Barco has its own facilities for Sales & Marketing, Customer Support, R&D and Manufacturing in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR) is active in more than 90 countries with 3,300 employees worldwide. The company posted sales of 1.029 billion euros in 2015.
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