Mukta A2 Cinemas is Now Open in Bahrain

One of India’s most reputed and esteemed film banners, Mukta Arts Limited has taken a huge leap to cater to cinema fans of the Kingdom of Bahrain with launch of Mukta A2 Cinemas’ first 6 screen luxury cinema in Juffair Mall.

Mukta A2 Cinemas, is set to create a benchmark, after signing with VKL Group, to become the first Indian exhibitor to set up and operate its cinema, and at the same time establish its foot hold abroad with the launch of its property in Juffair Mall. The Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) has played an important role in supporting Mukta A2 Cinemas opening their first location in Bahrain.

A press conference to announce the opening was held last week (Thursday 22nd September), where they officially opened their doors to the Bahrain crowd. The Guest of Honour at the event was H.E. Shaikh Khalifa bin Daij Al Khalifa, President of HRH the Crown Prince’s Court, Chief Guest for launch was H.E. Mr. Alok Kumar Sinha, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Bahrain, along with important personalities, Mr. Subash Ghai, Chairman of Mukta Arts Ltd, Mr. Varghese Kurian, Chairman & MD - VKL Group & Al Namal Group, Dr. Simon Galpin, Managing Director of the EDB and a number of VIPs, dignitaries and media representatives.

After creating a mark in India with 43 screens, this is truly a huge leap on capturing the Middle East audience. Mr. Subhash Ghai, Chairman of Mukta Arts Ltd and Mr. Rahul Puri, Managing Director, Mukta Arts Pvt Ltd, announced the launch of Mukta A2 Cinemas’ first 6 screen luxury cinema in Juffair.

Commenting on the development, Mr. Subhash Ghai, Chairman of Mukta Arts Ltd said, “It is a matter of huge pride that Mukta A2 Cinemas has opened its first property outside India in Bahrain. We are one of the first Indian exhibitors to design, conceptualize and build a theatre in a foreign country and it is a testament to the entire team and their hard work. I am delighted the company has taken this big step and I have no doubt that there are many more such steps to come in the near future”.

Mr. Rahul Puri, Managing Director, Mukta Arts Pvt Ltd further added, “The company has worked really hard to achieve this milestone. Mukta A2 Bahrain will be a flagship property in the Middle East and will showcase the best of English, Indian and Arabic cinema for our audiences. The team has worked really hard to ensure we have met international standards of quality with this cinema and we will match these global standards in our delivery every single day to the patrons. It’s the first of a larger plan for Mukta A2 in the Gulf region and more such properties will be on the horizon.

It is worth noting that Mukta A2 Cinemas has signed a long term lease with VKL Group to have its property in Juffair Mall. In the effort to deliver high quality product, the cinema has entered into strategic partnerships with market leaders such as Coca cola to be the exclusive beverage partner of the property and Awan media for its exclusive in-cinema branding rights.

On behalf of VKL Group, Mr. Varghese Kurian Chairman & MD - VKL Group & Al Namal Group commented saying, “VKL Group is proud to be in partnership with one of India’s well-known entertainment company. With the launch of the flagship Mukta A2 Cinemas in Juffair Mall, we hope to see a tremendous increase in the footfall of visitors to the mall. In addition to this, we are very excited to witness the growth with Mukta Arts Limited and look forward to a nurturing relationship.”

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Khalid Al Rumaihi Chief Executive of Bahrain Economic Development Board said: “We are delighted to welcome Mukta A2 to Bahrain. Having attracted 11.6m visitors last year, Bahrain’s strategic location has made it a popular leisure destination for people from around the region. This new cinema adds to our portfolio of tourist attractions that serve our visitors. I am also very pleased to be welcoming yet another investment from an Indian business - we believe that there are excellent opportunities in the Gulf and are encouraged to see so many world-class Indian businesses coming to Bahrain to access them.”

Speaking with regards to Mukta A2 Cinema’s partnership with Coca Cola, Mr. Mohammed Akeel, Managing Director of Coca Cola said, “Mukta A2 Cinemas, after their successful and growing presence in Indian Entertainment business, makes their entry to the Bahrain Market with their state-of-the-art cinemas at Juffair Mall incorporating the latest innovations of the cinema industry. We are extremely happy to be their beverage partners We plan to conduct wide variety of promotions with Mukta A2 Cinemas and will also be launching our new beverages with Mukta A2 Cinemas by the end of the year.”

Mr. Anil Pattani, Director of Awan Media Co. WLL, said, “We’re thrilled to partner with Mukta A2 Cinemas for advertising. Partnering with Muktaa A2 Cinemas expands and reinforces our commitment to provide our clients great platforms to showcase their brands and keep movie-goers well informed about our client offerings and movie information. This partnership is a win for us, Mukta A2 Cinemas, our clients, and move-goers”.

The new cinema is a six screen multiplex with a total seating capacity of 960 persons. The theatre will feature the latest releases from Hollywood, Arabic and Bollywood. For an alluring movie experience, the cinema is equipped with state-of-the-art technology like the renowned Dolby Atmos and Quantum Logic 3D surround sound systems, Light Tripler polarization 3D technology and modern projection system. The cinema also offers dynamic seating options such as VIP recliners, sofas and rocker seats, in addition to the variety of gourmet food & beverage options, providing patrons with service on seat facilities for a more personalized experience.