(chief executive officer)
(chief financial officer)
Alberta Investment Management Corporation
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. 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, 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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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, Eastleigh, 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.
- Basingstoke Festival Place
- Bristol Cribbs Causeway
- Bristol Longwell Green
- Bury The Rock
- Cheshire Oaks
- Croydon Grant's
- Croydon Purley Way
- Edinburgh Ocean Terminal
- Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Gateshead Trinity Square
- Glasgow Fort
- Hull Princes Quay
- Leamington Spa
- Leeds Kirkstall Road
- Leeds The Light
- London – Acton
- London – Finchley Road (O2 Centre)
- London – Fulham Broadway
- London – Harrow
- London – Islington
- London – North Finchley
- London – Piccadilly
- London – Shepherd's Bush
- London – West End (Leicester Square)
- London – Westfield London
- London – Westfield Stratford City
- London – Wood Green
- Manchester Lowry
- Merthyr Tydfil
- Westwood Cross, Thanet
- About Vue Cinema
- Clarity Partners: Vue Entertainment Announces Management Buyout
- Doughty Hanson buys Vue cinemas
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- Murray, Adam (April 2005). "Vue Entertainment Purchases Ster Century UK & Ireland" (Press release). BV Investment Partners. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- "Vue acquires rival Apollo for £20m". Financial Times. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
- Vue Entertainment buys Polish Multikino
- Vista Case Study: Vue Entertainment