Al Arabia Cinema Production & Distribution

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Al Arabia Cinema Production & Distribution (ACPD) is a film distribution and production company based in Egypt. Founded in 2000, it has distribution networks spanning the Arab region. It owns Renaissance Cinemas operating 21 cinemas in Egypt covering 99 screens. It is a member of the Mediterranean Distribution Network. Al Arabia produced and distributed over 100 movies. The current head of Al Arabia is actress Essaad Youniss.

1st Logo (2000-)

Logo: The environment of the logo is filled with revolving glass panels that reveal parts of the golden logomark. Part of the logo then begins to zoom out, being a golden coin, revealing to have an engravement of a knight in horseback with a ring spinning around it. As the logo zooms away from the screen the glass panels move away to the sides and the ring stops spinning, as the Arabic and English names of the company the wipe in on the vertical sides. The logo shines, and "Presents" and the Arabic translation of same word fade in between the logo.

Technique: CGI.

Music/Sounds: A majestic-sounding synthesized fanfare. On some releases, the music is high-pitched.

Availability: Currently seen on Arabic movies, including Africano.

2nd Logo (2001)

Logo: On a black background, we see a blurry circle revealing a drawing of an Egyptian desert at dusk, complete with pyramids. The Arabic/English name ring is seen spinning around the circle during the first half of the logo. Meanwhile, we see a hand-drawn animation of a knight on horseback, although more clearly shown than the previous logo and with a blacker shade. The horse neighs and stands up, and the text and knight/horse animation freezes. The logo then shines.

Technique: A mix of hand-drawn animation and CGI.

Music/Sounds: A traditional Arabic fanfare followed by a horse neighing.

Availability: This was only seen on Jala Jala.

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