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BIG Cinemas goes to Chicago
Launches BIG Cinemas-Golf Glen a five screen multiplex on May 29th
The 1000 seater multiplex will be digitally connected to Adlabs India

Mumbai, 25th May 2009... BIG Cinemas, the exhibition division of Adlabs Films Limited, a member of the Reliance Group, India's largest multiplex chain with 430 screens spread across India, US and Malaysia is opening its first BIG Cinemas branded cinema property in the US with a 5 screen multiplex and one premium lounge. BIG Cinemas-Golf Glen is located in Niles, Chicago.

BIG Cinemas-Golf Glen has a seating of 950 for the five screen multiplex along with the 60 seater premium lounge, all with top-of-the –line and high-end seats spread across 26,549 sq. feet area. The multiplex will be digitally connected to Adlabs India. This would enable the films to be transported on fiber optic cable within 4-6 hours making the physical film prints usage history. It will play a mix of Hollywood, Indian, Polish and Korean films and will have stadium seating to enable live telecasts of cricket matches and other events.

BIG Cinemas- Golf Glen’s will have a fully equipped kitchen (serving South Asian cuisine) and bar, which will be managed by one of Chicago’s top award winning restaurants – India House.

Commenting on this, Anil Arjun, CEO, Adlabs Films says, “The Chicago launch is in keeping with our vision to establish a strong foothold for BIG Cinemas worldwide in markets which have an appetite for Indian cinema. BIG Cinemas has a significant presence in the US with 170 screens and contributes 25% of the box office for Hindi Films and over 65% for Tamil and Telugu films released in the US. This multiplex at Niles, Chicago is part of BIG Cinema’s strategy to actively promote and ensure better reach of Indian movies.”

Over 1000 special guests are expected to attend the launch on May 29th. . From time to time this multiplex will also screen Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Bengali, Marathi and Punjabi films.

Recently Adlabs announced the launch of its Media BPO services which will be one of the world’s largest comprehensive digital restoration and content processing services facilities. Spread over 90,000 sq ft, it will employ 1200 employees within a year and will comply with MPAA (Motion Pictures Association of America) standards. The BPO is aimed at providing a comprehensive one point solution for the transition from Analog to Digital and Physical Media to Digital Data. The BPO has recently obtained a prestigious order for digitization and digital restoration of 1000 films preserved by the National Film Archive of India (NFAI), Pune, a media unit of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India.

Adlabs Films Limited (www.adlabsfilms.com), a member of the Reliance Group, is India’s fastest growing film and entertainment services company with business interests which cover entertainment in films and television.

Adlabs operates BIG Cinemas, India's largest cinema chain with about 430 screens spread across India, US and Malaysia. Adlabs also has a significant presence in the film distribution space with a nationwide presence across India as well as offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Malaysia
Adlabs Film & Media Services consists of the following businesses: Motion Picture Processing, Film Post Production/DI, Digital Cinema, Studios/Shooting floors, Film and Television Equipment Rental, Visual Effects and Restoration & Image Enhancement. Adlabs also owns Lowry Digital, a premier and prestigious image enhancement entity based in Los Angeles. Adlabs' television venture, BIG Synergy, is among the top players in the television programming industry.

For further press release related queries, kindly contact:
  • Preeti Puri Sharma
    Vice President, PR
    BIG Pictures
    M : +91 9323367815
  • Rohini Bhandari
    Manager, PR
    BIG Pictures
    M: +91 9323290523
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