IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theaters to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles, with additional offices in London, Dublin, Tokyo, and Shanghai. As of June 30, 2018, there were 1,410 IMAX theater systems (1,314 commercial multiplexes, 12 commercial destinations, 84 institutional) operating in 79 countries. On Oct. 8, 2015, shares of IMAX China, a subsidiary of IMAX Corp., began trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “HK.1970.”
Owned and operated by Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas, VOX Cinemas is the cinema arm of Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa. VOX Cinemas is the Middle East’s most innovative and customer-focused exhibitor.
With 36 locations totaling 355 screens across the region, including 193 screens in the UAE, 15 screens in Lebanon, 47 screens in Oman, 30 screens in Bahrain, 28 screens in Egypt, 18 screens in Qatar, four screens in Saudi Arabia and 17 screens in Kuwait, VOX Cinemas is the Middle East’s largest and most rapidly growing exhibitor.
Across the UAE, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt and Lebanon, the company is undergoing an AED1.2-billion (USD326-million) investment to expand to operate 300 screens by 2020. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim Cinemas will invest AED1.96 billion (USD517 million) to develop 600 screens across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia by 2023.
Tailoring every cinema location to the surrounding market place and customer preferences, VOX Cinemas offers a mix of experiences including luxury concepts, THEATRE by Rhodes and GOLD by Rhodes both in collaboration with Michelin-starred Chef Gary Rhodes. Another signature VOX Cinemas concept, MAX is the mega-screen designed for the biggest blockbusters and features Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. VOX Cinemas was also the first to introduce IMAX with Laser to the Middle East and the only exhibitor to offer IMAX with Sapphire. The company also offers a multisensory movie-watching concept, 4DX. For young movie fans and families, VOX Cinemas offers the only cinema dedicated to children, KIDS. Complementing its portfolio of world-class experiences, VOX Cinemas offers OUTDOOR, an open-air concept.