Scala Win UK Cinema Chain Contract?
Adrian J Cotterill, Editor-in-Chief
Beaver Group (a Scala reseller) seem to be hinting that they have won a big UK deal with a Cinema Chain.
We don’t beliebe it is Cineworld as they are talking to a couple of other vendors and had a budget meeting only at the beginning of May so our guess is that it is most likely to be Vue Entertainment.
Vue is a cinema company in Ireland and the UK. The company was formed in May 2003 when SBC International Cinemas bought Warner Village Cinemas. There are now 62 Vue cinemas, with 607 screens totaling 134,413 seats in the UK and one in the Republic of Ireland, including the rebranded flagship Warner Village Cinema in Leicester Square. In April 2005 the chain acquired the Ster Century chain from Aurora Entertainment, who had previously acquired it from Ster-Kinekor. This included the highest grossing cinema in Ireland or the UK at Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin, Ireland.
As of June 20th, 2006, Vue’s executive team completed a management buy-out of the company with the backing of Bank Of Scotland Corporate, with the management team retaining a 51% stake. Also, as part of the buy out, Vue took full ownership of the 4 Village sites it had been operating under contract from Village Roadshow.