UCI Cinemas (United Cinemas International) is a brand of cinema,
currently operating in Austria, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Brazil.
All territories with the exception of Brazil (where UCI cinemas are
owned by National Amusements) are owned by
Odeon Cinemas Group whose
ultimate owner is AMC Theatres, which is owned by the Wanda Group.
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UCI was formed in 1989 through a merger of AMC and CIC
theatres, and operated as a partnership of Paramount
Universal Studios initially to build cinemas in the UK.
Under chairman Tom McGrath, the group expanded to build and operate
cinemas in Austria, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan,
Portugal, Spain, Taiwan, and the UK.
In the UK, the company operated cinemas under the UCI and (later)
thefilmworks brands, and initially enjoyed a sizeable market share.
They took over the first multiplex cinema in the UK which was operated
and opened by AMC at The Point in
Milton Keynes in 1985, and
were one of the first to purchase a digital projector – costing a
massive £130,000 – one out of only 30 worldwide. This enabled them
to download films via satellite, and also play digital media disks
rather than film.
The cinemas were, by and large, fairly simplistic in design and seemed
steeped in 1980s traditions that quickly became dated. However, a
later purchase by Terra Firma (see below) saw the chain merged with
Odeon cinemas and henceforth adopting the far plusher Odeon style.
In late 2004, the European division of UCI was bought by Terra Firma
Capital Partners, along with rival chain Odeon Cinemas. The majority
of UK UCI and thefilmworks cinemas were re-branded to use the Odeon
name. As a condition of the merger with
Odeon Cinemas (imposed by the
Office of Fair Trading), UCI Clydebank, UCI Poole, UCI Sutton, UCI
Basildon, The Empire Leicester Square and thefilmworks High Wycombe
were sold to Empire Cinemas. Since the merger has been completed, few
elements of former UCI cinemas still retain the UCI look and feel,
they now almost all share the standard Odeon design cues, except for a
handful of the former "Filmworks" brand whose designs did not lend
themselves well to an Odeon "look". The UCI, UCI/Kinowelt and Cinesa
brands will remain in Ireland and the rest of Europe. UCI Hull was
evicted at around this time due to redevelopment. As there was already
an Odeon there, it was not replaced.
Irish cinemas, although retaining the UCI name, are being managed as
Odeon Cinemas and have introduced parts of their offer, such
as Premier seating and the Odeon inhouse magazine, "Onscreen".
Advertising now also bears the Odeon logo font in many cases. In
August 2007, UCI launched a new Irish website with an identical layout
to odeon.co.uk. The Irish cinemas were sold to an Irish group,
Entertainment Enterprises, in September 2006, but continued to be run
by Odeon under a management contract. In April 2008, Entertainment
Enterprises announced that it would be acquiring the Storm Cinemas
chain with the exception of the
Belfast cinema, and would be
contracting the management of the cinemas to Odeon. UCI's Tallaght
cinema, the first opened in the country, was closed on 8 March 2010
after the landlords gave the company notice that their lease would not
be renewed. . On 31 May 2011, Odeon announced that it had bought
back the UCI chain in Ireland (including the Storm Cinemas-branded
locations) from Entertainment Enterprises.
Irish cinemas were re-branded under the ODEON name in 2012 to coincide
with the new cinema opening at the
Point Village in Dublin, as of the
end of 2013 the UCI name is no longer used in any cinemas in the UK
& Ireland, all are now branded ODEON.
The ODEON in-house magazine "Onscreen" was re-branded and re-launched
as "ODEON" magazine in 2012.
UCI have invested heavily in the "Customer Experience". This forms a
focal point of the staff training all around the globe, and looks at
impressions offered to the customer at all times throughout their
visit to any one of their cinemas.
Millennium City (Vienna)
SCS (Wiener Neudorf)
Campo Grande - Shopping Bosque dos Ipês
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro – New York City Center, NorteShopping,
São Paulo – Jardim Sul, Anália Franco, Santana Parque Shopping
Salvador – Aeroclube, Iguatemi Salvador, Shopping Paralela
Curitiba – Shopping Estação, Palladium
Ribeirão Preto – Ribeirão Shopping
Recife – Shopping Recife, Shopping Plaza
Fortaleza – Iguatemi Fortaleza
Juiz de Fora
Juiz de Fora – Shopping Independência
Belo Horizonte - Shopping Estação
Belém - Shopping Bosque Grão-Pará
Berlin – am Eastgate
Berlin – Colosseum
Berlin – Friedrichshain
Berlin – Gropius Passagen
Berlin – Zoo Palast
Bochum – Ruhrpark
Cottbus – am Lausitz Park
Dessau-Roßlau – Dessau
Dresden – Elbe Park
Hamburg – Mundsburg
Hamburg – Othmarschen Park
Hamburg – Smart City (Wandsbek)
Hürth – Hürth-Park
Günthersdorf Nova Eventis
San Benedetto del Tronto
El Corte Inglés
El Corte Inglés Lisboa
Dolce Vita tejo Amadora
^ "AMC CINEMAS® BRINGS THE MULTIPLEX TO THE UNITED KINGDOM".
Retrieved 3 January 2015.
^ "How multiplex cinemas saved the British film industry 25 years
ago". The Guardian. 25 November 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2015.
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UCI Cinemas (Brazil)
UCI KINOWELT (Germany)
UCI Cinemas (Italy)
UCI Cinemas (Portugal)
UCI Cinemas Group
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Open Road Films (co-owned with Regal Entertainment Group)
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