Leading cinema exhibitors in the United Kingdom (UK) 2018, by number of screens

Cinema exhibitors ranked by number of cinema screens in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2018

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September 2019


United Kingdom

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exhibitors with 20+ screens

Supplementary notes

* Figures correct as at December 2018.
Percentages may not sum to 100 due to rounding.
The source also indicates:
Cineworld was the only publicly-quoted exhibitor in the UK. It was formed in 1995 and acquired the former Cine-UK and UGC chains in 2004. It also acquired Picturehouse in 2012.
In 2016, the Odeon chain was bought by AMC Entertainment, a US cinema chain owned by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda, the world’s largest cinema operator. It was previously owned by Terra Firma Capital Partners, a European private equity firm.
Vue, which acquired Warner Village cinemas in 2003 and the Apollo cinema chain in 2012, was sold to Canadian investors Omers Private Equity and Alberta Investment Management in 2013.
National Amusements was owned by the family of Sumner Redstone, chairman of US media giant Viacom.
Empire is owned by the Anderson family. It emerged as a buyer of sites from UCI and Odeon in 2005 and UGC and Cineworld in 2006, which were divested as a result of the companies’ mergers.

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