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Apr 5, 2023 Hans-Joachim Flebbe to Receive 2023 UNIC Achievement Award
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HANS-JOACHIM FLEBBE, Founder and Managing Director of Astor Film Lounge and Zoo Palast, has been named as the 2023 recipient of the UNIC Achievement Award, given each year in recognition of outstanding dedication and service to European cinema exhibition. The Award will be presented as part of the CineEurope Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 June at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain.

Jun 20, 2022 Celebrating the Big Screen Experience at CineEurope 2022
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Phil Clapp and Laura Houlgatte, President and CEO respectively of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the European cinema trade grouping, today celebrated the Big Screen experience and the positive recovery results around Europe and globally at CineEurope 2022.

Mar 1, 2022 UNIC Stands in Solidarity with Ukrainian Exhibitors and the Ukrainian People Following Russian Invasion
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UNIC, the trade body representing the interests of  cinema operators across 39 European territories, has today issued a statement  expressing its solidarity not just with Ukrainian exhibitors but also the Ukrainian  people as they look to repel the attack on their country by Russian forces.


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May 24, 2023 Cinionic Named Official Cinema Projection Provider Of CineEurope 2023
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Cinionic, the global leader in laser cinema technology, has partnered with the Film Expo Group to become the Official Cinema Projection Provider of CineEurope for the fifth year in a row. All projection equipment in the CCIB Auditorium will be supplied by Cinionic, powering the studio product presentations and screenings with Laser Projection by Cinionic.

Apr 5, 2023 Hans-Joachim Flebbe to Receive 2023 UNIC Achievement Award
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HANS-JOACHIM FLEBBE, Founder and Managing Director of Astor Film Lounge and Zoo Palast, has been named as the 2023 recipient of the UNIC Achievement Award, given each year in recognition of outstanding dedication and service to European cinema exhibition. The Award will be presented as part of the CineEurope Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 June at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain.

Jul 6, 2021 Odeon Cinemas Group to Receive “International Exhibitor of the Year” Award at CineEurope 2021
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ODEON Cinemas Group has been named as the 2021 recipient of the “International Exhibitor of the Year” award at CineEurope. The award will be presented to Mark Way, President of AMC Europe and Managing Director ODEON Cinemas Group, and Juan Antonio Gomez, Chief Partnership and Content Officer, as part of the CineEurope Awards Ceremony hosted by the Coca-Cola Company on Thursday, October 7, at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain.

Jun 17, 2019 UNIC’s 2019 Annual Report Celebrates Cinema-Going in Europe
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The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the European cinema trade grouping, has today published its Annual Report, examining key cinema trends across the 38 territories represented by the association, accounting for 1.29 billion admissions and €8.1 billion in box office revenues in 2018 – close to a quarter of the global theatrical market for films.



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Brussels, New York—Apr 5, 2023

Hans-Joachim Flebbe to Receive 2023 UNIC Achievement Award

HANS-JOACHIM FLEBBE, Founder and Managing Director of Astor Film Lounge and Zoo Palast, has been named as the 2023 recipient of the UNIC Achievement Award, given each year in recognition of outstanding dedication and service to European cinema exhibition. The Award will be presented as part of the CineEurope Awards Ceremony on Thursday 22 June at the Centre de Convencions Internacional de Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain.

Hans-Joachim Flebbe has dedicated his career to the cinema industry for over 40 years, with a continued passion for and commitment to the highest standards of theatrical presentation.

From his debut in 1972 as a booking officer then programmer at the Apollo Cinema in Hanover, to opening his first cinemas in 1977 with the Kinos am Raschplatz, founding the CinemaxX Group and opening the first CinemaxX cinema in Hanover in March 1991, Flebbe has re-invented the cinema experience several times, with an unique ability to mix technology with tradition.

CinemaxX grew to be number one operator in Germany with at least 38 sites and more than ten locations in Denmark, Switzerland and Turkey. CinemaxX went public on the stock exchange in 1998. After 20 years as Managing Director and Board member, Hans-Joachim Flebbe left CinemaxX AG at the end of 2008.

Hans-Joachim’s passion has always been around art-house films and the renovation of historical cinemas. In 2008, he took over several cinemas including the Filmpalast Berlin, and converted them into luxury lounge cinemas, founding the ASTOR Film Lounge chain and developing an innovative premium cinema offer. Flebbe also renovated and reopened Berlin's long-established Zoo Palast cinema in 2013, which he still operates to this day.

Today, the premium cinemas of the ASTOR Group are present in other major German cities, with Germany's most traditional "Grand Cinema" – the Zoo Palast in Berlin – and the ASTOR Grand Cinema in Hanover (which was the first CinemaxX in 1991) also being part of the group.

Welcoming the announcement of the Award, Phil Clapp, President of UNIC said:

“We are absolutely delighted to honour Hans-Joachim at CineEurope 2023. The award recognises his incredible passion for the Big Screen, his outstanding career and his key role in developing both the German and European cinema-going experience.

On behalf of the UNIC Board and colleagues from across the industry, I would like to congratulate Hans-Joachim for this wonderful achievement.”


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About CineEurope: CineEurope 2023 will take place June 19-22 at the Centre Convencions Internacional Barcelona (CCIB) in Barcelona, Spain. CineEurope is the longest-running and most successful European convention and trade show for major, regional, and independent cinema professionals. CineEurope will feature exclusive screenings and product presentations of upcoming films, sponsored events, timely and informative seminars, and the CineEurope Trade Show. CineEurope is the Official Convention of the Union Internationale des Cinémas/International Union of Cinemas (UNIC). CineEurope Directory page CineEurope Web Site
About Film Expo Group: The Film Expo Group is the premier organizer of events in the motion picture industry. The Film Expo Group produces CineEurope, held in Barcelona; ShowEast, held in Miami; and CineAsia, held in Bangkok. Film Expo Group Directory page

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UNIC, the trade body representing the interests of  cinema operators across 39 European territories, has today issued a statement  expressing its solidarity not just with Ukrainian exhibitors but also the Ukrainian  people as they look to repel the attack on their country by Russian forces.

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