Mr. Rahul Singh promoted to be the Chief Operating Officer of PVR Cinemas: New Delhi, 13th October, India: Mr. Rahul Singh has been promoted to be the Chief Operating Officer of PVR Cinemas, the largest cinema exhibition company in India and will be based out of their corporate office in Gurgaon. Mr. Singh brings with him expertise, perspective and market intelligence of the hospitality and cinema business. He joined PVR in 2008 as Sr. Vice President Operations. In his capacity, he was also heading the F&B initiative of the company, which saw a phenomenal growth of 16% CAGR in the last 4 years and F&B revenue contribution grew from 25% to 38% against the ticket revenues. Has a rich career in hospitality and operations with Taj group of hotels and ITC Welcomgroup, he comes with an experience of over 24 years. In his new role at PVR, he will oversee the entire business operations of the company with a focus on company?s expenditure & revenues. He will further streamline operational processes, procedures and introduce strategic operational initiatives at PVR. Mr. Rahul Singh holds a Hotel Management degree from IHMCTAN, Kolkata and a post-Graduate Diploma in Management from IMT, Ghaziabad.
PVR inaugurates a 6-screen multiplex marvel at Xperia mall, Palava: Mumbai, 3rd August, 2016: PVR, the largest cinema exhibition company in India, today inaugurated its newest multiplex at Xperia Mall, Palava. Mr Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Ltd, Mr Abhishek Lodha, Managing Director, Lodha Group, Mr Gautam Dutta, CEO, PVR Cinemas and Mr Shaishav Dharia, Regional CEO, Lodha Group inaugurated the 6-screen hi-tech multiplex at Xperia mall. Jacqueline Fernandez and Tiger Shroff, the star cast of upcoming movie Flying Jatt, graced the occasion by unveiling a larger than life cutout of the movie as part of their movie promotion. PVR is one of the first properties to open at Lodha Xperia mall at Palava. The mall has a 20 minute proximity and sound connectivity to areas panning right up to Thane-Belapur road, Thane, Navi Mumbai as well as Kalyan- Dombivli. With some of these areas being starved of high quality entertainment options, PVR at Xperia is set to offer the residents of these regions a world-class cinematic experience. With this launch, PVR's screen count in Maharashtra reaches to 147 screens across 35 properties. The cinema is spread across an area of 35,000 sq ft and can accommodate up to 1178 patrons at a time. The multiplex offers an added convenience to movie-goers with the availability of Quick - tix, a time saving technology to instant ticketing solution allowing patrons to enter the theatre quickly by avoiding the long queues. The cinema also follows the QR code concept wherein the patron can walk in straight in the auditorium without any physical tickets. The property boasts of 7.1 Digital Dolby surround sound along with, 2K & 4K projection system and Next Generation 3D. The last row of all the auditoriums has recliners seats for comfortable seating. At the launch, Mr Gautam Dutta, CEO, PVR Cinemas said, "Though the city Palava is a rapidly evolving destination, there is a dearth of a premium movie watching destinations in the region. Residents here usually travel long hours to watch movies in a refined format. With PVR opening at Palava, residents can now avoid long driving hours to reach a premium cinema to watch movies. With the state of the art technology and comfortable seating, we are sure that our multiplex at Xperia mall would be the next go to place for our patrons." Adding further, Mr Ajay Bijli, Chairman and Managing Director, PVR Ltd said, "It is indeed a pleasure to extend our presence in Maharashtra. We have a strong presence in the capital, Mumbai and have always received a tremendous response from the patrons there. We look forward to an equally rewarding response from Palava's citizens and patrons from the neighboring regions as well. On behalf of PVR, I would also like to thank Lodha Group and Palava City Management to provide us with a strategic location to cater to the fast growing suburban catchments of Palava, Kalyan-Dombivli, Mahape, and areas in Navi Mumbai around the mall." Inaugurating the first multiplex of the region, Mr Abhishek Lodha, Managing Director, Lodha Group said, "Rapid urbanization is widening the gap between growth and quality in our mega cities. Palava was envisaged to fill this gap and enhance the quality of living by creating communities, not just developments. Our flagship mall, Xperia, is an attempt to become the shopping, entertainment and socio-cultural hub of Palava city and Kalyan-Dombivli region. We thank PVR for partnering us in our journey of making Palava as one of the top places to live and grow." Speaking at the launch of the brand new multiplex, Mr Shaishav Dharia, Regional CEO, Lodha Group said, "At Palava, we have always focused on creating high quality public spaces that enhance the quality of life and avenues where people can come together and interact with each other. Lodha Xperia mall at Palava, our first endeavor in the retail industry, is planned to become the fastest growing retail and entertainment destination not just for our 25,000+ families but also for others in the neighboring regions. PVR's high quality cinematic experience fits well with Palava?s philosophy of offering great lifestyle in a well-planned urban environment. " Tiger Shroff and Jacqueline Fernandez added, "It's always a pleasure to watch movies at PVR. Whether we are in Mumbai, Delhi or out here at Palava, the brand is impeccable. It's good to be back here at Palava - we shot a few scenes of Flying Jatt out here. It's a beautiful place with a well-planned, green and clean environment that can be seen in the film. We had a blast shooting here." With this launch, PVR reaches a total count of 557 screens at 121 properties across 48 cities (including 18 states and 1 Union Territory).
PVR introduces Japanese cuisine at its Gold Class screens across the country: PVR Cinemas, a pioneer in the movie and entertainment space in India, is adding yet another innovation by introducing Japanese food to all its Gold Class cinemas across the country. Always ahead of the trend, PVR has, over the years, placed a distinct emphasis on its F&B offering, recognizing cinema viewers needs to make the entire movie-going experience an all-encompassing one, be it a film, delicious snacks, gourmet popcorns or chilled drinks. The focus is on making the experience of watching a movie a fun, holistic one. Japanese cuisine has had a tremendous takeoff in India; once considered unfamiliar and inaccessible, it has become food that is consumed regularly by Indian consumers. The reason behind the popularity of Japanese food is that it is created from fresh, seasonal ingredients, be it meat or vegetables or fish. Japanese food is pleasing to the eye, and is also served in a distinctive style. Always the preserve of expensive restaurants in five-star hotels, Japanese food will be available at affordable prices at PVR?s Gold Class cinemas. PVR?s vision of enhancing its F&B offering is driven by the noted Chef Yutaka Saito, who after setting up famous Japanese restaurants across the globe, is for the first time developing menus exclusively for cinemas. This is an innovation unique to PVR cinemas and establishes the company?s customer focus. On this development, Mr Renaud Palliere, CEO- International Development, PVR Ltd, said, ?Movies and food go hand-in-hand and food and beverages (F&B) are a great attraction for the audience. Today?s generation is independent and is keen to experiment with food while watching movies. Thus F&B in cinemas provides a huge support to multiplexes.? He further added, ?Under the clear guidance of internationally renowned Chef Saito, we have designed in-house kitchens at PVR director?s cut and our premium Gold Class properties in Delhi (NCR). We are gradually looking towards getting the same quality and standards for our Gold Class across pan India.? Chef Saito is bringing the best of his talents to PVR and will also for the first time introduce a first time-to-India invention, the Japadadog; these are hotdogs with Japanese twist like the chicken sausage with Teriyaki sauce, Japanese mayo and seaweed. At Gold Class, moviegoers can order up all this food in bento boxes made fresh in live kitchens at each cinema. The emphasis will be on delicious, light and affordable Japanese menus. PVR has recently acquired DT Cinemas and currently stands at a total count of 553 screens at 121 properties across 47 cities pan India.