BARCELONA: The Balkan cinema chain Blitz-CineStar was awarded the International Exhibitor of the Year award by the Union of Cinemas (UNIC) at the CineEurope Convention in Barcelona. The award recognised Blitz-CineStar as a company which keeps raising the bar and creating continuous growth, with particular emphasis put on the quality of the cinema experience and paying special attention to innovation, which made Blitz-CineStar into one of the leading and fastest-growing exhibitors in the region as well as Europe.
The award was accepted on behalf of Blitz-CineStar by Hrvoje Krstulovic, a Co-Founder and Member of Blitz-CineStar's Board .
Accepting the award, he said, „This award comes as a crown to our operations and true acknowledgement to our entire team of the excellent job they have been doing over these past years. We kept raising the bar higher and higher, and the key driving force behind our efforts has always been to give our audience the best possible cinema experience. And we will not stop at this – because the team behind Blitz CineStar's success is connected by their enormous enthusiasm and their love for film, for cinema and for moving the line in the cinema exhibition business.“
Blitz-Cinestar is a joint venture of the German exhibitor Kieft & Kieft GmbH and Blitz Film & Video Distribution Ltd, the leading film distributor in Croatia and adjacent countries. Founded in 2003, the Blitz-CineStar chain has 23 multiplexes in Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, including a soon-to-open venue in Belgrade, with 145 fully digital screens and over 23,000 seats. Admissions have shown a steady increase and now are nearly 5 million per year.
Everything started sixteen years ago with the first multiplex site - CineStar Zagreb, which, with its 13 screens and 2,940 seats, remains to date the largest multiplex in the region, and which was included in the Magnificent 15 by Film Journal International, in its edition dedicated to the 15th CinemaExpo in 2006. Steady growth and improvement of its services and technologies made Blitz-CineStar into one of the region's most recognisable brands. Thus far, it won seven SuperBrands awards, including a SuperBrands Exclusive award, as well as several Best Buy Awards, including the Best Buy Award Millennials 2018. Last year, Blitz CineStar received the Best New Build Cinema Award for CineStar 4DX Mall of Split, its largest venue in Dalmatia, coastal region of Croatia.
CineEurope 2019 will take place 17-20 June at the Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), 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).