Downtown Cairo's Cinema Lido to reopen after 20 years

Ahram Online, Sunday 13 Jul 2014

Company behind LE15 million restoration of downtown cinema says it wants to revamp other movie halls, build film production facilities

Lido Cinema
Lido Cinema (Photo: Archives)

Twenty years ago, a fire ate up most of Cinema Lido on Emad Eddin Street and forced it to close – with many other cinemas on the street soon following suit.

Now a company called Egypt's Company for Sound, Light and Cinema – under the leadership of engineer Fawzy Abdel-Hamid – has decided to reopen the theatre after a nearly LE15 million renovation.

Like all new cinemas in Egypt, Cinema Lido will follow the multiplex model – its large hall has been divided into four screens with the latest technology and seating arrangements.

Abdel-Hamid says that the renovation of Lido is the start of a long-term plan to expand cinema halls. He says plans are also in the works for a whole range of facilities for film production such as studios, labs, film storage units and distribution plans that his company is taking on.


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