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Since 2010 Agora has been the owner of Helios SA. Through dynamic growth and successful acquisitions, the brand that has developed Poland’s largest chain of multiplex cinemas. Helios currently operates 53 cinema theatres around Poland, with as many as 296 screens and almost 55 thousand seats. The chain is present mostly in medium-size towns, with some in Poland’s largest cities, including Warsaw, Łódź, Poznań, TriCity and Wrocław.
Most of Helios cinemas were opened between 2005 and 2008 and are thus thoroughly modern facilities with state-of-the-art equipment, inviting interiors and interesting architecture. Helios cinemas offer its users the best quality of viewing experience through the use of state-of-the-art sound and picture systems, such as digital projectors with DOLBY 3D and HFR technology, capable of showing films at 48 frames per second. All Helios cinemas are equipped with digital projection systems.
Helios cinemas screen latest film releases in 2D and 3D technology as well as – in some locations – amateur and independent titles. Helios organizes special events in their cinemas around Poland as well as thematic film cycles. Cinemagoers are offered screenings in theme cycles such as Kino Konesera, Kultura Dostępna, Kino Kobiet, Maratony Filmowe, Helios dla dzieci and Helios na scenie. In selected locations Helios cinemas also deliver original programs for children and youth.
As a producer, Agora has been involved in the production of over a dozen movies, including record-breaking popular titles such as Bogowie directed by Łukasz Palkowski, Po prostu przyjaźń dir. by Filip Zylber or Sztuka kochania. Historia Michaliny Wisłockiej by Maria Sadowska, as well as Polish films awarded on Polish and international festivals, including the winner of Berlin Festival Silver Bear Spoor by Agnieszka Holland or Jestem mordercą a picture by Maciej Pieprzyca awarded with Silver Lions at Gdynia Film Festival and Orzeł (Eagle) Polish Film Award. Since May 2017, Agora Group has conducted all its film production activities through NEXT FILM.
NEXT FILM specializes in promotion and distribution of Polish projects. So far they have released nearly 30 domestic and foreign titles to Polish cinemas, including all films produced or co-produced by Agora. NEXT FILM was responsible for the distribution of titles such as: Drogówka, directed by Wojciech Smarzowski, Bogowie, dir. Łukasz Palkowski, Po prostu przyjaźń, dir. by Filip Zylber, Sztuka kochania. Historia Michaliny Wisłockiej dir. by Maria Sadowska, Spoor by Agnieszka Holland and Tarapaty Marta Karwowska – Poland’s most popular production for youth.
The catalogue of NEXT FILM includes also foreign projects such as the highly successful paint-animated Loving Vincent directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. NEXT FILM has been operating in the film market since 2012.
Every year we get many awards and distinctions.