About schedules, new releases, different language versions, subtitles, 3D versions
You can find this information:
- on this page: http://www.utopolis.lu/en/movies/showtimes
- through the Utopolis app, available from the Apple App Store
- in daily and weekly newspapers
Our ‘Coming soon’ page provides details of the films that will soon be showing on our screens. If you can’t find the title you’re looking for, we probably don’t yet have any concrete information about the release date of the film you’re searching for. Of course, you can always get in touch with us if you have any questions.
The schedule for the week’s films is devised every Monday, and the decision as to whether a film’s run is extended or if it is removed from the schedule is made on the basis of the numbers from the previous week. Because of this, it isn’t possible to tell weeks in advance how long a film will run for.
If a film’s run isn’t extended, this is either as a result of box office takings or contractual obligations. As a general rule of thumb, films that lots of people go to see will stay on the schedule for longer.
Why are some films released at the same time as in Germany or France, but others come out earlier or later?
A film’s official release date is set by the distributor, not cinemas. In some cases, the production company may impose a global release date on the distributors, whereas in other cases the distributor may be free to choose a release date for each country individually. Cinemas in Luxembourg procure their films from Belgian distributors, who in most cases determine the official release date.
Since there are no distributors exclusive to the Luxembourgish market, Belgian distributors supply films to Luxembourg. These films are produced for the bilingual Belgian market, and therefore have bilingual subtitles.
Occasionally, the Belgian distributors provide us with what we in the business call ‘Swiss copies’. Cinema operators such as ourselves can request these versions, but otherwise have no control over whether or not we receive them.
Some films are dubbed into German or French, as well as being shown in the original English version. Why is that?
This is mainly the case for films aimed at a younger audience. German is generally the strongest language of most children who go to primary school in Luxembourg, while French is the main language of non-Luxembourgish speaking citizens. By showing films such as Despicable Me 2, Frozen or The Lego Movie in three different languages, we are able to give the many international citizens of Luxembourg the chance to enjoy a visit to the cinema.
Since Luxembourg procures its films from distributors in Belgium, films are typically shown in their original version. Analysis of box office figures clearly shows that people go to see films in their original version in far greater numbers, and so these are given priority. Moreover, not every film is available in German for the Belgian/Luxembourgian market.
There are audience members who don’t want to watch films in 3D for a whole host of reasons: the EUR 1 extra charge, a physical inability to watch 3D versions, etc.
To date, the 3D version has been shown exclusively in the first few weeks of a film’s run, with the 2D version following four, five or even six weeks later. There are two reasons for this policy: firstly, this is the official version, which has been approved by the director and producer; and secondly, we as cinema operators have carried out substantial alterations and enhancements to our theatres in order to accommodate state of the art 3D projection. We are, however, increasingly looking to show both versions simultaneously, though not necessarily at the same location.
HFR stands for high frame rate. Until now, the worldwide standard frame rate for cinemas was 24 frames per second – HFR doubles this. The first film shown in this format was Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit‘. Jackson (director of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy) developed this new standard alongside James Cameron (director of ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’). The increased frame rate makes the images sharper and lends greater contrast, creating a lasting impression of realism. In short, it creates a less tiring and therefore more enjoyable 3D experience.