Magazine article Screen International

Europa Cinemas Awards Crowns Exhibitor Trio

Magazine article Screen International

Europa Cinemas Awards Crowns Exhibitor Trio

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European exhibitor network Europa Cinemas has crowned a trio of winners at the 2016 edition of its annual awards, which celebrates cinema teams across the continent.

Pedro Borges of Cinema Ideal in Lisbon, Portugal was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year. Since renovating and reopening two years ago in spite of considerable financial challenges, Cinema Ideal - which originally opened in 1904 - has already won awards for its architecture and equipment.

Director Borges said: "These last two years have taught us many things and we have used our knowledge to put pressure on local and national government with regard to the need for three, four, five or more Cinema Ideal theatres to be created, not just in Lisbon but in the whole of Portugal."

Europa Cinemas general director Claude-Eric Poiroux called Cinema Ideal's reopening "a brave and risk-taking choice and a statement of confidence."

Kino Europa in Zagreb, Croatia picked up the award for Best Programming. The single-screen cinema was entrusted to Zagreb Film Festival in 2008 with the aim of making the theatre a regional hub for film art. …

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