The success of 3D versions of films such as Avatar and Alice in Wonderland prompted this cinema group to expand its number of 3D digital and Imax screens. Odeon was part of the Rank organisation for 58 years but wasmerged in 2004 with rival United Cinemas International (UCI) when both were bought by Terra Firma, the private-equity firm. Together they operate more than 1,800 cinema screens, making the group the biggest of its type outside the United States. Under the leadership of chief executive Rupert Gavin, sales grew 17% to £641m in 2009.

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Company details
Year2010
Rank83
CompanyOdeon & UCI Cinemas Group
ActivityCinema operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*641
Profit £m*68
Year endDec 09
Principal shareholdersTerra Firma (>99%)
Staff9,010
Founded1930
Websitewww.odeonanducicinemasgroup.com

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