Industry representatives believe that this is how cinemas are trying to force the company to return to the local market or obtain rights to use its equipment – IMAX ceased operations in Russia last June, although there were no public statements about this.
An appeal to the court was sent last week, and the general director of the united cinema chain mentioned such an intention in August. At the same time, the first such lawsuit appeared, which was filed by the owners of the network. “Soft Cinema” — it closed 32% of its halls in the first half of 2022.
Representatives of IMAX did not appear at those meetings, and sources say that the company has no employees left in Russia at all. At the same time, the keys needed to rent films in this format are issued only by the corporation itself – there is no other way to get them.
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