PVR Cinemas expand their presence in Uttar Pradesh With a Multiplex in Bareilly : PVR Cinemas, India?s largest film exhibition chain announces its presence in Bareilly with a 4-screen multiplex at Phoenix United Mall, today. Located in the highly developed residential catchments of the city in Pilbhit Bypass, the cinema caters to a seating capacity of 986 customers at one time. With this addition, PVR strengthens its growth in Uttar Pradesh with 62 screens in 13 properties and a screen count of 207 screens at 49 properties in Northern India. PVR now operates a cinema circuit of 638 screens at 137 properties in 54 cities (19 states & UTs) with this new addition.
PVR Cinemas launch its first Multiplex in Mysuru: PVR Cinemas, country?s largest cinema exhibition chain inaugurated its first -screen multiplex in Mysuru today. Located at Garuda Mall and featuring state-of-the-art cinema projection and immersive audio technologies, it is well-equipped to deliver the most exciting and cinematic experience to movie-goers in the city. With this launch, PVR boasts a total screen count of 89 screens across 12 properties in the state of Karnataka and a screen count of 164 screens at 25 properties in Southern India. Centrally located in the heart of the city, the property is spread across an area of 29,500 sq. ft. and can seat 911 audiences in its four auditoriums equipped with prime seats. The brand new multiplex offers world-class cinematic features including 4K projection system along with Dolby 7.1 surround sound and next-generation 3-D bringing an exceptional digital movie experience with excellent visuals and audio quality. At the opening, Mr. Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Ltd. said, ?South has been a very successful market for us. We are going bullish in terms of expansion in the region as the market is ripe; people are ready to consume different programming mix. We envision huge footfalls to our multiplex owing to this one-stop destination mall that brings in popular brands under one roof. Garuda Mall is a renowned name in the industry and we look forward to a resounding association.? Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Gautam Dutta said, ?We are absolutely delighted to bring the PVR experience to our discerning patrons in Mysuru. As the leading cinema chain in India, we remain strongly committed to offering the best-in-class cinema with in-house technologies for an ultimate cinematic experience with the finest visuals and audio. Our latest multiplex in Mysuru will surely enable us to draw in the crowds from the city and the neighboring areas,? PVR Garuda has been designed as a heritage property with a unique royal look. While the central location of the property provides ease of access; the cinema offering steps up to serve its patrons with an instant ticketing solution, the Next-Gen Quick Tix, for added convenience. Moreover, a wide range of gourmet delicacies further complement the offerings of the multiplex. Customers can also take advantage of redeeming PVR gift cards and attain a privilege membership at the cinema. With this opening, PVR stands at a total screen count of 634 screens at 136 properties in 53 cities.
PVR Nest Launches 'ECO GRANTS' in association with PLAN India : PVR Nest, the CSR arm of PVR Ltd., India?s largest cinema exhibition company, announced the launch of its seeding programme, 'ECO Grants - Incubating Youth Ideas' at PVR Plaza, Connaught Place today. Curated by PVR Nest and actioned in partnership with PLAN International (India Chapter) and Centre for Youth (C4Y) as the Secretariat, ECO Grants seeks to address the burgeoning environmental challenges through citizen activation. The inauguration ceremony witnessed the presence of Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog as the Chief Guest along with H.E. Ms. Harinder Sidhu, Australia's High Commissioner to India and Mr. Rahul Bose, Actor and Social Activist as honorary guests. The congregation also included a select gathering of Government representatives, international & national CSOs, policy makers, creative and technical experts and students from participating institutes and colleges. The morning further grew into a multi-sectoral panel session, moderated by Mr. Manak Matiyani, Executive Director, The YP Foundation, with industry elites and activists such as Ms. Ravina Raj Kohli, Int?l Media Veteran and Social Impact Activist; Dr. Amrita Bahl, Sr Director Strategic Partnerships, Hriday; Mr. Afroz Shah, Lawyer and Nature/Ocean Lover, and Mr. Vimlendu Jha, Founder, Swechha opining on the need of citizen awareness around sustainable management of the environment and identification of solutions, which can address India?s aggravating concerns on the natural ecosystem. Earmarked for the young aged between 18-29 years, the programme encourages citizen participation by inviting applications for innovative green solutions. The programme will commence with an extensive grant vetting and selection process by a grand jury of developmental experts and will subsequence to experiential support by industry experts before the on-ground implementation of the solutions. Curated as an end-to-end solutions programme, ECO Grants hopes to address the most pressing environmental needs in our community that have been identified through a needs assessment, in the most efficient and effective way possible. On the occasion, H.E. Ms. Harinder Sidhu ? Australia?s High Commissioner to India said, ?Australia and India have long been described as natural partners. The foundations of this partnership are our shared values ? democracy, support for a rules-based international order, and, through the Sustainable Development Goals, commitment to environmental sustainability. Governments, businesses and civil society working together at all levels could help optimise our impact in tackling environmental challenges. These collaborations focus on harnessing the power of collective will to inspire and support a new generation of problem solvers who can drive change." Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog said, "I am fascinated by this unique initiative by PVR Nest, PLAN India and Centre for Youth to drive sustainability in India. ECO Grants will generate many sustainable ideas and a huge movement among youth. ECO Grants is poised to generate great ideas for disrupting pollution. NITI Aayog will be happy to support the sustainable solutions that will come out of ECO Grants. We, as a generation have failed the environment. We hope the future generation will rise to the environmental challenges as changemakers." Ms. Deepa Menon, Sr. VP, CSR, PVR Ltd. said, "Through this initiative, we are one step closer in reaffirming our commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet. We are duty-bound to bestowing a greener and eco-friendly legacy to our children. PVR NEST is proud to partner with Plan India and Centre for Youth (C4Y) and contribute towards this important cause of fostering environment sustainability by developing practical and scalable solutions for environmentally buoyant communities. PVR NEST's 'ECO Grants' initiative combines altruism and movement to create awareness and dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)." ?Plan International is proud to walk with PVR NEST and Centre for Youth (C4Y) for this inspiring 'Eco Grants' programme for the welfare of the next generation" said Ms. Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan International (India Chapter). "The youth of today is extremely conscious of prevalent issues that plague the environment, most particularly air pollution and waste management. This partnership aims to create awareness and dialogue on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and embed sustainable development skills in young people. For the success of such programmes, we need to adopt a comprehensive approach where the government, corporates, private health sector, civil society organisations and NGOs come together and pool their resources and expertise and help India in inching towards the global development goals.? Mr. Rahul Bose, actor-director and acivist said, "I am encouraged by PVR NEST?s ECO Grants initiative. For organizations, one of the key business objectives should be to care.
Al-Futtaim and PVR signs a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a Joint Venture cinema business in MENA: Al-Futtaim, one of the most diversified and progressive privately held regional businesses headquartered in Dubai, and PVR Limited, the largest and most premium film exhibition company in India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore opportunities for jointly developing a cinema business in the MENA region. The joint venture will introduce a collection of unique experiential cinema formats to the region including, PVR?s Director?s Cut, a format that blends the best in high-end hospitality and entertainment. ?We see great potential in the cinema business in the region, and particularly in Saudi Arabia, following the government?s decision to reopen the cinema industry,? said Marwan Shehadeh, Group Director, Corporate Development at Al-Futtaim. ?PVR is the perfect partner for Al-Futtaim, given its 20 years? proven track record of operating and creating experiential cinema formats, catering to customers looking for best in class experiences. To begin with, we have already identified locations in Al-Futtaim real estate developments such as Dubai Festival City and Festival Plaza in Dubai and are in discussion with landlords to secure other locations in Dubai and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.? Commenting on the partnership Mr. Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Limited said ?We see a great opportunity in taking the PVR brand to the MENA region, particularly expansion in UAE and entry into the Saudi Arabian market which has recently decided to open up the cinema industry. We are delighted to partner with Al-Futtaim, which is one of the most diversified and progressive privately held businesses in the region.