After years of operating as a distribution company, Blue pictures have branched into the film exhibition sector as they launch their first cinema, Blue pictures Cinema at City mall Onikan, Lagos.
The Cinema which boasts of two screen halls, that comfortably sits above a 100 guest each was launched over the weekend with the screening of a Blue pictures first-ever production movie, Gone. The event which was sponsored by Access Bank and Nigerian breweries was attended by some of the big wigs in the entertainment world like; Richard Mofe Damijo, Mo Abudu, Sammy Okposo, Gideon Okeke, Owen G, etc.
The MD of Blue pictures, Mrs Joy Odiete, talked about the dream brought to life that was Blue pictures cinema and the journey to get here.
“As an Entrepreneur in Nigeria, it is incredibly difficult to get funding for your business, so I want to say a big thank you to access bank, for believing in this dream, after writing so many proposals and getting rejections. Apparently having a beautiful proposal cannot get you funding.
I remember in 2005 when I walked into City mall while distributing movies for the distribution company I was working for, I told one of colleague then that I will own my own cinema and they laughed at the idea, saying I could not do it and it was impossible. In their words, ‘do you know how much a sit alone cost?’ but we are here today. To every dreamer out there, your dream is valid; you can be everything you want to be no matter what the situation looks like if you have God and work hard at it.” She said
The Acting Executive Secretary, Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Mrs. Bukola Agbaminoja, who was representing the Lagos State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, expressed her excitement over the launch of the Cinema and urged more people to go into the film exhibition business, So as to take the Nigerian Movie industry farther.
“It’s a wonderful feat you have achieved and we are impressed and excited by it. It is not enough as it is in Lagos state; we still need more cinemas to come up. The film and videos censors board have been following blue pictures achievements over the years and we were not surprised that they are opening a cinema in the city mall. They have the support of the commissioner and we hope to have another opening not too far. The film industry needs it and Lagos needs it.
The film industry in Nigeria has done well so far but we are not where we ought to be, to get there we need more cinemas to display our content. And when we hear there is an opening of a cinema, we are happy because it’s more profit to the industry and it’s taking us to where we ought to be. I want to implore everyone here to let your family know about this cinema, encourage them to come because the business grows when family patronizes.
I loved the movie I just watched and we look forward to more contents like this from blue pictures.” She said.
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