Qatar firm set to open first women’s only cinema

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Aspire Zone Foundation says cinema will open on June 30; will have seating capacity for 154 women

The first women’s only cinema is set to open in the Qatari capital Doha later this week, the first of its kind in the Middle East, it was reported on Monday.

Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) is opening the cinema on June 30. Based in AZF’s Ladies Club, it will show the latest releases currently being screened elsewhere in Doha, Qatar daily Gulf Times reported.

All films for the Aspire Ladies Cinema will be provided by the Qatar Cinema and Film Distribution Company, which already operates some of the largest cinema outlets in Doha, the paper added.

The cinema will have a seating capacity of 154 and three different films will be shown each weekend.

The cost of tickets will be in line with current prices of VIP seats in Doha’s main cinemas, the paper said.

Last week, Qatar Media Services (Q.media) said it planned to open more than 50 cinema multiplexes in the next three years.

The move comes as Q.media announced a deal to take a 60 percent stake in Qatar Cinema and Film Distribution Company following an acquisition deal worth nearly QR2bn.

The two companies said in a statement they are currently involved in negotiations with mall owners to explore possible locations for opening new cinema facilities.

Following the acquisition, both companies also intend to establish a number of multiplex entertainment facilities, and have initiated talks with designers from the US to create innovative cinemas.

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