|Founded||1999 (as Spean Bridge Cinemas)|
13 May 2003 (as Vue)
|Founder||Tim Richards (CEO)|
Number of locations
|226 (as of 2022)|
|8 European countries • Taiwan|
Vue International (//, like "view"), is a multinational cinema holding company based in London, England. It operates in the United Kingdom and Ireland as Vue, with international operations in Denmark and Germany (as CinemaxX); Italy (as The Space Cinema); Poland and Lithuania (Multikino); Netherlands (Vue Netherlands); Taiwan (SBC Cinemas).
The company was founded in 1999 as Spean Bridge Cinemas by Stewart Blair, a former executive of United Artists Theatres and Tim Richards, a former executive of Warner Bros. International Theatres. It was named after a holiday to the Scottish Highland village of the same name by Blair.
The first cinema to open was under The Circuit Cinema brand in Livingston, Scotland, on 5 October 2000. The company was later renamed as SBC International Cinemas and opened cinemas in Faro, Portugal (closed in 2014) and Taipei, Taiwan (still operating as SBC).
In May 2003, SBC bought Warner Village Cinemas from its owners, Village Roadshow and Warner Bros., for £250 million. At the time, SBC owned four cinemas, and Warner Village Cinemas owned 36. In April 2005, the chain acquired the Ster Century chain from Aurora Entertainment; this included the highest grossing cinema in the United Kingdom 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 November 2010.
In November 2014, Vue International acquired The Space Cinema in Italy.
In March 2015, Vue announced it would build the United Kingdom's first eSports arena in cooperation with Gfinity, costing £350,000. The Fulham Broadway cinema was converted into a six hundred seat 'Gfinity Arena,' to host e gaming events 
In August 2015, Vue International acquired JT Bioscopen, the second largest cinema chain in the Netherlands, bringing Vue's number of sites to over 200.
In June 2018, Vue acquired the Irish operator Showtime Cinemas, adding a further two cinemas to their estate in the United Kingdom and Ireland, now totalling 89 cinemas.
In March 2020, Vue temporarily closed its cinemas due to the COVID-19 pandemic, stating that it would "remain closed until further notice". Though numerous lockdowns affected a brief reopening in mid 2020, eventually, all cinemas reopened in May 2021, with COVID restrictions in force until spring 2022.
Vue International operates 226 sites and 2,010 screens globally.
|Country||Operating brand||No. of cinemas||No. of screens|
|United Kingdom and Ireland||Vue UK & Ireland||91||864|
|Denmark||Vue Danmark & Cinemaxx||3||33|
|Italy||The Space Cinema||36||359|
|Poland and Lithuania||Multikino||46||330|
|Taiwan||SBC International Cinemas||1||20|
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