HCMC gets new film studio

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A VND77 billion (US$4.1 million) film studio in Ho Chi Minh City has been officially opened by Viet Family Joint Stock Co.

The 4,000-square meter studio is located on Nguyen Van Linh Street in Binh Chanh District.

Viet Family Joint Stock Co., in cooperation with HCMC Television, plans to begin work on an indoor studio and an outdoor studio on a 5-hectare site in Cu Chi District this month.

Megastar Cinemas plans to open three new 3D screens in Vietnam after "Avatar" grossed over US$1 million in the country this winter.

Megastar is the 3D pioneer in Vietnam and opened its initial two 3D screens for the premier of the James Cameron blockbuster on December 18.

Brian Hall, CEO & Chairman of MegaStar, said both 3D theaters in Hanoi and HCMC had received an enthusiastic and positive response greater than initially expected.

He said two of the additional screens would be put in "Vietnam's top two movie destinations," Megastar Vincom City Tower in Hanoi and Megastar Hung Vuong Plaza in Ho Chi Minh City, the original homes of Megastar's 3D facilities here. The third screen will be opened at Megastar CT Plaza near Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Megastar will launch its second 3D movie, Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," on March 12.

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