Vue Cinemas

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Vue Entertainment
Type Private
Founded 2003
Founders Timothy Richards
(chief executive officer)
Alan McNair
(chief financial officer)
Headquarters London, UK
Owners Omers Private Equity
Website www.myvue.com

Vue Entertainment (stylised as vue), formerly SBC International Cinemas, is a cinema company operating in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. The company was formed in May 2003 by the acquisition of Warner Village Cinemas by SBC and the subsequent rebranding of the business as Vue. As of 2013 the company has 80 cinemas in the UK, making it the third largest cinema chain in the country, with 755 screens.[1] The company's flagship site is Vue West End, the former Warner Village cinema in Leicester Square.

The company expanded through a number of acquisitions, including the Ster Century chain, Apollo cinemas and Multikino. In June 2006, Vue's executive team completed a management buy-out with the backing of Bank of Scotland Corporate,[2] taking a 51% stake in the business and buying the four remaining Warner Village sites it had been operating under contract from Village Roadshow. The company was bought by the private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co in 2010.[3]

In 2013, Doughty Hanson & Co announced the sale of the company to the Canadian firms OMERS and Alberta Investment Management Corporation for £935 million.[4]

History[edit]

Vue at The Light in Leeds

The company was formed in 2003 when SBC bought Warner Village Cinemas from Warner Bros. for £250 million. At the time, SBC owned four cinemas, and Warner Village Cinemas owned 36.[5]

In April 2005 the chain acquired the Ster Century chain from Aurora Entertainment; this included the highest grossing cinema in the UK or Ireland at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin, Ireland.[6]

On 20 June 2006, Vue's executive team completed a management buy-out of the company with the backing of Bank of Scotland Corporate; the management team retaining a 51% stake.[7] Also, as part of the buy-out, Vue took full ownership of the four Village sites it had been operating under contract from Village Roadshow. The private equity firm Doughty Hanson & Co acquired Vue in 2010.[8]

Vue bought the company Apollo in 2012, retaining 14 new sites across the UK, making it the third largest cinema company in the UK behind Odeon and Cineworld.[9]

In May 2013, Vue Entertainment acquired Multikino, the Polish cinema operator owning 30 cinemas with almost 250 screens in Poland and Baltic countries.[10]

In June 2013, Doughty Hanson & Co announced the sale of the company to the Canadian firms OMERS and Alberta Investment Management Corporation for £935 million.[11]

Facilities[edit]

Vue's multiplexes vary in size from 4 to 30 screens and as a result the staffing of each site is slightly different. Each cinema is run by the management team. This team will consist of one general manager (GM) assisted by between 2 and 5 other members of the management team, depending on the size and complexity of the site. The general manager has general control of the running of the cinema at site level, while assisted by the other members of the management team. Team Leaders act as duty managers and are responsible for the operational running of a cinema on a shift basis. Customer Assistants serve guests throughout the cinema and report to the management team.

In addition to this, all cinemas have a dedicated projection team, responsible for the running of the "box" and the maintenance of the projection and sound equipment. The projection department is structured much like the rest of the cinema. The Technical Manager has overall responsibility, supported by a Senior Projectionist. They are accompanied by a team of 2 to 4 full or part-time projection staff, some of which can also share duties with the standard operation of the cinema. However, all Vue sites are now fully digital, and therefore ran by the management team, or Technical Manager.

Vue completed the rollout of the Vista Entertainment Solutions integrated Point of Sale software to every site in 2006.[12] Prior to this the majority of Vue cinemas ran the WaBITS ticketing system, developed in-house in London by Warner Bros. International Cinemas. This was an internal system used in all former Warner Village cinemas until 2007, when the division responsible for development was closed owing to the sale of the remaining joint venture cinema chains. WaBTIS continues to be used in Japan by Warner Mycal Cinemas who now own the rights to the system.

The new system enables customers to buy tickets at any retail point in the cinema, as well as online through the company website. Vue were the first major cinema operator in the UK to implement this "single point of sale" concept. Some cinemas (including those in Aberdeen, Accrington, Birkenhead, Blackburn, Camberley, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Carlisle, Cwmbran, Hull Princes Quay, Lancaster, The Leeds Light, Hartlepool, Merthyr Tydfil, Harrow, Northampton and Swansea) have no dedicated box office, meaning that all transactions are carried out at retail stands.

Venues[edit]

Vue at The Oracle in Reading
Vue Purley Way, Croydon
Vue in Swansea
Vue in Exeter
Vue at Cardigan Fields in Leeds

United Kingdom[edit]

Location Screens 3D Screens Sound Other
Aberdeen 7 1 6.1 Surround sound Free WiFi, plenty of parking,
Accrington 4 1 6.1 Surround Sound
Acton 9 4 Dolby Surround Sound Free WiFi
Altrincham 6 4 Digital sound Formerly Apollo
Barrow-in-Furness 6 4 Dolby surround sound Formerly Apollo
Basingstoke, Festival Place 10 3 Dolby Digital CP650 Free WiFi
Bedford 7 3 Opening 2014.
Bicester 7 2 Dolby Surround Sound plenty of parking
Birkenhead 7 1 5.1 Surround Sound Free Wifi
Birmingham 30 3 Digital sound 3 Gold class screens
Blackburn 10 2 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi, Plenty of parking
Bolton 12 2 Dolby Surround Sound Free WiFi
Bristol, Cribbs Causeway 12 4 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi,
Bristol, Longwell Green 13 3 Dolby surround sound Free WiFi
Bury, The Rock 10 4 Digital sound
Camberley 9 4 Dolby surround sound Wall-to-wall, ceiling to floor screens
Cambridge 8 2 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi, Plenty of parking
Cardiff 14 1 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi, Discounted Parking
Carlisle 7 2 5.1 Surround Sound
Carmarthen 6 6 Dolby Surround sound Formerly Apollo
Cheshire Oaks 16 5 5.1 Surround Sound
Cleveleys 8 1 5.1 Surround Sound
Corby 8 Opening 2015
Cramlington 9 3 Dolby Atmos
Croydon, Grant's 10 2 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi, Discounted parking
Croydon, North End 16 5 Opening 2014
Croydon, Purley Way 8 3 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi
Cwmbran 8 2 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi
Dagenham 9 1 5.1 Surround Sound
Darlington 9 Opening 2014.
Doncaster 7 2 5.1 Surround Sound
Eastleigh 9 3 Dolby SR-D Surround Sound
Edinburgh, Ocean Terminal 12 2 6.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi
Edinburgh, Omni Centre 12 2 Dolby SRD Surround Sound Free WiFi, Plenty of parking
Exeter 7 3 Dolby CP750 Surround Sound
Farnborough, The Meads Shopping Centre 7 2 Opening 2014
Finchley Road, O2 Centre 12 2 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi
Fulham Broadway 9 2 Dolby CP650 Surround Sound Free WiFi,
Gateshead, Trinity Square 9 3 Dolby Atmos Opened 2013
Glasgow Fort 8 3 Dolby Atmos Opened 2013
Halifax 9 0 Dolby Surround Sound Plenty of parking
Hamilton 9 1 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi, Plenty of parking
Harrow 12 2 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi
Hartlepool 7 1 Dolby Surround Sound Free WiFi
Hayes 9 Opening Soon (Unknown date)
Kingston upon Hull, Princes Quay 10 2 6.1 Surround Sound
Inverness 8 3 Dolby CP750 Surround Sound
Ipswich 9 Opening 2014
Islington 10 4 Digital sound
Lancaster 6 1 5.1 Surround Sound
Leamington Spa 6 4 Dolby surround sound Formerly Apollo,
Leeds, Kirkstall Road 10 3 6.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi
Leeds, The Light 14 2 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi
Leicester 9 2 5.1 Surround Sound Free WiFi
Leicester Square 9 3 Dolby Surround Sound Free WiFi
Livingston 8 1 6.1 Surround Sound Plenty of parking
Manchester, Lowry Outlet Mall 9 2 5.1 Surround Sound 1 gold class screen
Merthyr Tydfil 8 2 Dolby Surround Sound Free WiFi
Newbury 7 3 Dolby surround sound
Newcastle-under-Lyme 8 1 Digital sound
North Finchley 8 2 Digital sound
Northampton 10 2 Dolby Surround Sound Free parking
Norwich 8 1 Digital sound Plenty of parking
Oxford 12 1 Digital sound 3 screens not currently in use
Piccadilly Circus 5 4 Dolby Surround Sound Formerly Apollo
Plymouth 15 2 Digital sound Free WiFi
Portsmouth 14 4 Dolby Digital surround Free WiFi, Plenty of parking
Preston 7 1 Dolby Digital surround
Reading 11 4 Digital sound
Redditch 7 4 Digital sound Formerly Apollo, Plenty of parking
Rhyl 5 5 Dolby surround sound Formerly Apollo
Romford 16 2 Dolby surround sound Free WiFi
Scunthorpe 7 1 Digital sound Free WiFi
Sheffield (Meadowhall) 11 1 Dolby surround sound Free WiFi
Shepherd's Bush 12 2 Digital sound
Southport 8 2 Digital sound Free WiFi, Plenty of parking
Staines-upon-Thames 10 2 Dolby Surround Sound Free WiFi
Stirling 8 1 Dolby Surround Sound Free WiFi, 1 Beanbag Screen
Stoke-on-Trent Opening 2015
Stroud 6 4 Dolby Surround Sound Formerly Apollo
Swansea 12 1 Digital sound Free WiFi, 6 Beanbag Screens
Thanet, Westwood Cross 10 3 Dolby Surround Sound Free WiFi
Thurrock, Lakeside 9 3 Digital sound Free WiFi
Torbay 9 5 Digital sound Formerly Apollo
Walsall 9 2 Opening 2014[13]
Watford 11 4 Dolby Surround Sound Free WiFi
Westfield White City 17 7 Dolby Surround Sound Wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling screens
Westfield Stratford 17 5 Dolby 6.1 Surround Sound Plenty of parking
Weston-super-Mare 12 Opening 2014[14]
Wood Green 6 2 Dolby Surround Sound
Worcester 6 1 Dolby Surround Sound Free WiFi
York 12 1 Dolby Surround Sound Free WiFi

Former sites[edit]

Vue at the O2 in London, now operated by Cineworld
Location
Newcastle upon Tyne (closed in 2004)
Greenwich, The O2 Arena (as of June 2010 now run by Cineworld)
Pilsworth, Park 66 (closed 14 July 2010)
Basingstoke Leisure Park Now run by Odeon Cinemas

Ireland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

  • Faro, Forum Algarve

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