|Founder||Timothy Richards (CEO)
Alan McNair (CFO)
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
Alberta Investment Management Corporation
|Slogan||The Future of Cinema
Big Screen Entertainment
Vue Entertainment (otherwise known as Vue Cinemas, and 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 June 2013, Doughty Hanson & Co announced the sale of the company to the Canadian firms OMERS and Alberta Investment Management Corporation for £935 million.
"Inside Vue" Magazine
When Vue opened, the company began publishing a free monthly magazine based upon reviews and listings of films. The magazine is issued on the first Friday of every month. The magazine's last publishing was issued in April 2016.
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.
By 2013, it was reported that Vue had 143 cinemas. In May 2013, Vue Entertainment acquired Multikino, the Polish cinema operator owning 30 cinemas with almost 250 screens in Poland and Baltic countries.
In November 2015, Vue changed its slogan from The Future of Cinema to Big Screen Entertainment, due to new lease funding. Also around this time, Vue Cheshire Oaks & Leeds were upgraded to be the first two cinemas to have IMAX screens.
Over the past few years, Vue has also been host to Andre Rieu's Maastricht Concerts. According to the staff, it is by far the most popular live annual event in history. The 2016 concert, which is three hours long and is streamed from Maastricht's outdoor arena, will be held on Saturday 23 July from 7.00pm, and Sunday 24 July from 3.00pm. The Christmas concert (inc. Q&A with Andre) is on Saturday 19 November from 5.00pm.
At the company's North Wales branch in Rhyl, the staff organise special festive parties every December, as of 2015. In 2016, the staff plan to sell Christmassy jumpers and have another staff party during Christmas week 2016.
Vue's multiplexes vary from 4 to 30 screens. Each cinema is run by a team consisting of one general manager assisted by between two and five other members of the management team. 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.
All cinemas have a dedicated projection team, responsible for the running of the "box" and the maintenance of the projection and sound equipment. The Technical Manager has overall responsibility, supported by a Senior Projectionist. They are accompanied by a team of two to four 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 have no dedicated box office, meaning that all transactions are carried out at retail stands - these include Aberdeen, Accrington, Birkenhead, Blackburn, Bury The Rock, Camberley, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Carlisle, Cwmbran, Eastleigh, Hull Princes Quay, Lancaster, The Leeds Light, Hartlepool, Merthyr Tydfil, Harrow, Northampton and Swansea.
|Aberdeen||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound||1,531|
|Accrington||4||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||849|
|Altrincham||6||Digital Dolby Surround Sound||897|
|Barrow||6||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||951|
|Basingstoke Festival Place||10||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||2,166|
|Bicester||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||854|
|Birkenhead||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,756|
|Birmingham||25||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||5,128|
|Blackburn||10||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,635|
|Bolton||12||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, VueXtreme||2,477|
|Bristol Cribbs Causeway||12||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, VueXtreme||2,470|
|Bristol Longwell Green||13||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||2,686|
|Bury The Rock||10||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, VueXtreme, 4K||1,690|
|Camberley||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,839|
|Cambridge||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,724|
|Cardiff||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,600|
|Carlisle||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,647|
|Carmarthen||6||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||900|
|Cheshire Oaks||16||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, IMAX||3,390|
|Cleveleys||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,066|
|Cramlington||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, VueXtreme|
|Croydon Grant's||10||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,778|
|Croydon Purley Way||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,996|
|Cwmbran||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,179|
|Dagenham||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,724|
|Doncaster||11||Digital Dolby Surround Sound||1,386|
|Eastleigh||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,578|
|Edinburgh Ocean Terminal||12||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||2,602|
|Edinburgh Omni Centre||12||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||2,188|
|Exeter||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,044|
|Farnborough||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||921|
|Gateshead Trinity Square||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D|
|Glasgow Fort||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,900|
|Halifax||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound||1,400|
|Hamilton||10||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,478|
|Hartlepool||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,773|
|Hull Princes Quay||10||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,694|
|Inverness||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,758|
|Lancaster||6||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D||1,574|
|Leamington Spa||6||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||898|
|Leeds Kirkstall Road||10||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K, IMAX||1,886|
|Leeds The Light||14||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||2,834|
|Leicester||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||2,391|
|Livingston||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,645|
|London: Acton||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||2,332|
|London: Finchley Road (O2 Centre)||12||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,710|
|London: Fulham Broadway||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||2,252|
|London: Harrow||12||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,808|
|London: Islington||10||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, VueXtreme||1,753|
|London: North Finchley||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||2,102|
|London: Piccadilly||5||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||481|
|London: Shepherd's Bush||12||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||2,557|
|London: Leicester Square||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||2,471|
|London: Westfield London||17||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, VueXtreme, 4K||3,000|
|London: Westfield Stratford City||20||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, VueXtreme||2,600|
|London: Wood Green||6||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,742|
|Manchester Lowry||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||2,087|
|Merthyr Tydfil||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,212|
|Newbury||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||973|
|Newcastle-under-Lyme||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,976|
|Northampton||10||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||2,547|
|Norwich||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,800|
|Oxford||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,712|
|Plymouth||15||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, VueXtreme, 4K||3,315|
|Portsmouth||14||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||3,203|
|Preston||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,848|
|Reading||11||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,840|
|Redditch||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,172|
|Rhyl||5||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||601|
|Romford||16||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||3,715|
|Scunthorpe||7||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,500|
|Sheffield||11||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,953|
|Southport||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,403|
|Staines||10||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||2,126|
|Stirling||8||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,061|
|Stroud||6||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||796|
|Swansea||12||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,762|
|Thurrock||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,322|
|Torbay||9||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,638|
|Watford||11||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,844|
|Westwood Cross, Thanet||10||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K||1,644|
|Worcester||6||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K|
Republic of Ireland
|Dublin||14||Digital Dolby Surround Sound, 3D, 4K|
- About Vue Cinema
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- Doughty Hanson buys Vue cinemas
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