BIG Cinemas, the film exhibition division of Adlabs Films Limited, is opening its first branded cinema property in the US with a five screen multiplex and one premium lounge. Christened BIG Cinemas-Golf Glen the 1000-seater; 26,549 sq. feet multiplex in Niles, Chicago will be digitally connected to Adlabs India enabling films to be transported on fiber optic cable within 4-6 hours. The multiplex 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. Commenting on the development, Anil Arjun, CEO, Adlabs Films said, “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.” 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. Adlabs Films, a member of Reliance ADAG, has 430 screens spread across India, US and Malaysia. The company had recently announced the launch of its digital restoration and content processing services targeted at the international market.