Credit: Geoff Thompson

On Friday evening, Kinepolis Kirchberg was finally inaugurated, four years after the purchase of the Groupe Utopia in Luxembourg by the Belgium-headquartered Kinepolis chain which currently owns 54 cinemas in Europe (Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Poland and Luxembourg) as well as 55 in North America (Canada and USA), representing 1,065 screening rooms, 200,000+ seats and 4,600 staff in total.

2019 has seen significant investment by Kinepolis across its three cinemas in the Grand Duchy - in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg (Ciné Uopia), Esch-Belval (Kinepolis-Belval) and Luxembourg-Kirchberg (Kinepolis-Kirchberg), including the Kinepolis branding appearing on the flagship Kinepolis-Kirchberg building just last week. The investments had included screening technology (laser, 3D and 4DX screening room), the interiors of screening rooms being completely modernised and replaced, the concession areas being completely revamped including more variety of choice, plus the ticketing / welcome areas being upgraded too.

At both a press conference held early in the evening, plus later to a group of VIPs invited to the inauguration, Eddy Duquenne, CEO of Kinepolis Group, reviewed the renovations and talked too about 2020 seeing the group innovating more in Luxembourg, including putting Laser ULTRA projection technology in all screening rooms across the three complexes in the Grand Duchy.

A ribbon was cut with both Eddy Duquenne and Christophe Eyssartier, National Theatre Manager at Kinepolis Luxembourg, and a gala reception was laid on, including a free-flowing bar and a gastronomic walking dinner, before the guests were treated to a special Avant-Premier screening of the new comedy whodunnit "Knives Out", directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer and Ana de Armas.