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Encyclopedia > Village Roadshow
Village Roadshow Limited
Type Public (ASX:VRL)
Founded Croydon, Victoria, Australia (1954)
Founder Roc Kirby
Headquarters Melbourne, Australia (headquarters)
Key people Robert G. Kirby, CEO
Industry Media, Entertainment
Products Cinemas, Radio, Themeparks, Film Distribution, Film Studio
Revenue $1,453 million AUD (2005, [1])
Website www.village.com.au

Village Roadshow Limited ASX:VRL is an Australian media company with interests in cinema, theme parks, film production and distribution. The company is a publicly listed entity on the Australian Securities Exchange. It is majority owned by Village Roadshow Corporation, run by John and Robert Kirby and Graham Burke. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Village Cinemas is Australias largest cinema chain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata VillageRoadshowLtd_logo. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is the primary stock exchange in Australia. ... Croydon is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Year 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar). ... For the computer game by Peter Molyneux, see The Entrepreneur. ... The City of Melbournes coat of arms The central business district of Melbourne, viewed from the north Alternate meanings: Melbourne (disambiguation) Melbourne is the capital and largest city of the state of Victoria, and the second largest city in Australia, with a population of 52,117 in the Central... Chief Executive redirects here. ... A stilt-walker entertaining shoppers at a shopping centre in Swindon, England Entertainment is an activity designed to give pleasure or relaxation to an audience (although in the case of a computer game the audience may be only one person). ... Theme park redirects here. ... A Film distributor is an independent company, a subsidiary company or occasionally an individual, which acts as the final agent between a film production company or some intermediary agent, and a film exhibitor, to the end of securing placement of the producers film on the exhibitors screen. ... A movie studio (aka film studio) is a controlled environment for the making of a motion picture. ... For the tax agency in Ireland of the same name, see Revenue Commissioners. ... ISO 4217 Code AUD User(s) Australia, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Norfolk Island Inflation 1. ... A website (alternatively, web site or Web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or more web servers, usually accessible via the Internet. ... The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is the primary stock exchange in Australia. ... Theme Park is a simulation computer game designed by Bullfrog Productions, released in 1994, in which the player designs and operates an amusement park. ... Wikibooks [[wikibooks:|]] has more about this subject: Marketing Distribution (or placement) is one of the four aspects of marketing. ... The Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) is the primary stock exchange in Australia. ...

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History

Village Roadshow commenced operations in 1954, when founder Roc Kirby began running one of Australia's first drive-in cinemas in the Melbourne suburb of Croydon. The drive-in was adjacent to a shopping strip called "Croydon Village"; hence the company adopted the "Village" name. The company later expanded into traditional cinemas in major areas, though it still operates the Coburg Drive-In in Coburg. Hulls Drive In Theatre, outside Lexington, Virginia A drive-in theater is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large screen, a projection booth, a concession stand and a large parking area for automobiles. ... This article is about the Australian city; the name may also refer to City of Melbourne or Melbourne city centre (also known as The CBD). ... Croydon is a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ... Coburg is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. ...


In the 1960s the company started its film distribution business (once a 50-50 joint venture with Greater Union) and moved into film production in the 1970s. Greater Union is an Australian chain of cinema multiplexes. ...


In the 1980s, Village Roadshow was one of the leading forces in creating state of the art multiplex cinema complexes. Innovations brought in during this period included using stadium-style seating, sophisticated sound systems and the latest in projection technologies. The cinemas of that era were the forerunners to the multiplexes of today. A typical multiplex (AMC Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, United States). ...


In 1989, Village Roadshow took over De Laurentis Entertainment Limited, which brought on a change of name: Village Roadshow Limited. This allowed the company to raise more capital to fund further expansion.


In the 1990s, the company diversified into complementary media and entertainment businesses. This included the purchase and development of theme parks, the purchase and integration of the Triple M and Today radio networks to create Austereo Group Limited, the creation of Village Roadshow Pictures, and the commencement of a co-production deal with Warner Bros.. This article is about the radio station network. ... The Today Network is a network of radio stations run by Austereo Radio Network. ... Village Roadshow Pictures is a United States-based motion picture production company. ... “WB” redirects here. ...


In 2003, the company incurred massive losses due to several box office flops. In 2004, a move by Village Roadshow Corporation to acquire more stock was halted by German company Boswell Filmgesellschaft, who argued that Village had misinformed shareholders about their voting rights because holders of ordinary shares who also held preference stock were excluded from voting on the buyback.


Divisions

Village Cinemas

Main article: Village Cinemas

Village Cinemas is Australias largest cinema chain. ...

Austereo Radio

Main article: Austereo

Austereo is a national commercial radio network in Australia. ...

Village Roadshow Pictures

VRP co-produces feature films, primarily with Warner Bros.. Major successes include The Matrix trilogy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Ocean's Eleven. Village Roadshow Pictures is a United States-based motion picture production company. ... “WB” redirects here. ... This article is about the 1999 film. ... Not to be confused with the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. ... Oceans Eleven is a 2001 remake of the 1960 Rat Pack caper film Oceans Eleven. ...


From 1 July 2007 Village Roadshow Pictures Group merged with Concord Music Group to create Village Roadshow Entertainment Group [2]. VRPG and Concord Music continue to operate separately under VREG where Village Roadshow holds a 39.9% interest with Crescent Entertainment (48%) and Tailwind Capital (12.1%). Concord Music Group is a record company formed in 2004 by the merger of Concord Records and Fantasy Records. ...


Warner Roadshow Studios

Production editing and filming facilities located on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Films such as Pitch Black, The Condemned, Scooby-Doo, Peter Pan (2003) and House of Wax (2005) were filmed at the studio. Gold Coast redirects here. ... Slogan or Nickname: Sunshine State, Smart State Motto(s): Audax at Fidelis (Bold but Faithful) Other Australian states and territories Capital Brisbane Government Constitutional monarchy Governor Quentin Bryce Premier Anna Bligh (ALP) Federal representation  - House seats 28  - Senate seats 12 Gross State Product (2004-05)  - Product ($m)  $158,506 (3rd... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Condemned is a thriller film directed and written by Scott Wiper, and starring former WWE wrestler Stone Cold Steve Austin, Vinnie Jones, and Rick Hoffman. ... Scooby-Doo is a 2002 live-action film, based on the popular Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon of the same name. ... Peter Pan is a film released on December 25, 2003, by Universal Pictures. ... House of Wax is a 2005 horror film, directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. ...


Warner Village Theme Parks

Originally a joint venture with Time Warner, VRP owns and operates Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild waterpark, Australian Outback Spectacular & Paradise Country - all located in the Gold Coast, Australia. Warner Village Theme Parks owns and operates Warner Bros. ... The parks entrance gate. ... Sea World is a marine park on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. ... WetnWild Water World entrance The Wave Pool Wet n Wild Water World (formerly named Cades County, then Cades County Wet n Wild, then simply Wet n Wild circa 1987 after a licensing agreement was reached with the Six Flags chain of water parks in the USA...


Roadshow Entertainment

A distributor of VHS and DVD titles to the home market. It was formerly Festival Video until 1994.


Reel Corporation

Main article: Reel Corporation

A division of Roadshow which distributes smaller titles to Cinemas and on DVD.


Intencity

Main article: Intencity

A family entertainment centre chain. Village Cinemas is an Australian cinema chain. ...


Sydney Attractions Group

Manages the Sydney Aquarium, Sydney Tower observation deck and Sydney Tower Skywalk attraction, Sydney Wildlife World, and Oceanworld Manly. Sydney Attractions Group Limited directly manages and operates six tourism and leisure attractions in Sydney, Australia. ... Sydney Aquarium Logo Sydney Aquarium is a public aquarium located in the city of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ... Sydney Tower (also known as the AMP Tower, AMP Centrepoint Tower, Centrepoint Tower or just Centrepoint) is Sydneys tallest free-standing structure, and the second tallest in Australia (with the Q1 building on the Gold Coast being the tallest). ... Sydney Tower Skywalk Logo Sydney Tower Skywalk, or just Skywalk, is an open-air, glass-floored platform circling Sydney Tower at a height of 260m above ground level. ... Sydney Wildlife World is a zoo in the city of Sydney, Australia officially opened in September 2006. ... Ocean world is a small aquarium in the Sydney suburb of Manly. ...


External links

  • Village Roadshow corporate site

  Results from FactBites:
 
Village Roadshow - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (500 words)
Village Roadshow commenced operations in 1954, running one of Australia's first drive-in cinema in the Melbourne suburb of Croydon.
In the 1980s, Village Roadshow was one of the leading forces in creating state of the art multiplex cinema complexes.
In 2004, a move by Village Roadshow Corporation to acquire more stock was halted by German company Boswell Filmgesellschaft, who argued that Village had misinformed shareholders about their voting rights because holders of ordinary shares who also held preference stock were excluded from voting on the buyback.
Village Roadshow Group: Overview (582 words)
Village Roadshow (VR) was founded by Roc Kirby in 1954 as one of the first drive-in cinemas.
As of 2002 Village Roadshow and partners operated around 1,500 cinemas (there is a PDF listing as of June 2001) in 15 countries.
Roadshow Distributors is a 50/50 joint venture with the Greater Union Organisation (GU) distributing theatrical movies to cinema, video, pay TV and free to air television in Australia and New Zealand.
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