Village Roadshow

Village Roadshow Limited (doing business as Village Roadshow), is an Australian mass media and entertainment company active in a diversity of fields, including 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 CEO Robert Kirby, John Kirby and Graham Burke.

Village Roadshow Limited
Traded asASX: VRL
IndustryMedia, Entertainment
PredecessorDe Laurentiis Entertainment Group 
Founded1954 (1954)
FounderRoc Kirby
HeadquartersThe Jam Factory
South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria,
Key people
Robert G. Kirby (Executive Chairman)
Graham Burke (CEO)
ProductsCinemas, radio, theme parks, film studio, film distribution
RevenueA$1.003 billion (2017)[1]
A$-65.62 million (2017)[1]
OwnerVillage Roadshow Corporation (majority)
Vine Alternative Investments
DivisionsVillage Roadshow Theme Parks
SubsidiariesVillage Roadshow Entertainment Group
Roadshow Entertainment


Village Roadshow originally started operations as Village Drive-Ins (later known as "Village Drive-ins and Cinemas" before becoming today's "Village Cinemas" brand), 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, Melbourne.

In the 1960s, the company expanded to start its film distribution business (once a 50-50 joint venture with Greater Union) and moved into film production in the 1970s. The original cinema chain now became one of several businesses the company was involved in.

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.

In 1988, Village Roadshow took over De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 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 Roadshow Music,[2] the creation of Village Roadshow Pictures, and the commencement of a co-production deal with Warner Bros.

Village Roadshow has scaled back its international cinema markets to Australia and Singapore. The company merged its Village Roadshow Pictures arm with Concord Music Group to form a Los Angeles-based diversified entertainment division, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group.

In 2003, the company formed a joint venture, Australian Theatres, with Amalgamated Holdings Limited, owners of Greater Union and several other cinema brands. The original founding business, Village Cinemas, is part of the joint venture.

In 2008, Village Roadshow and Concord Music Group, co-owned by television producer Norman Lear, said they had completed a merger forming a new company to exploit their film and music assets. Investors in the new company include Lambert Entertainment and private equity firms Tailwind Capital Partners and Clarity Partners.[3] However, on 25 March 2013, Wood Creek Capital led investor group purchased Concord Music Group from Village Roadshow Entertainment Group.[4]

After being associated with the company for 60 years, Graham Burke, CEO of Village Roadshow, announced he is to step down at the end of 2019. Burke is to remain as a non-executive director.[5]


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