Village Roadshow (ASX:VRL)
Founded by the late Mr. Roc Kirby in 1954 in Melbourne, Australia with a drive-in cinema, Village Roadshow has been listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) since 1988.
Today, Village Roadshow operates core businesses in Theme Parks, Cinema Exhibition, Film and DVD Distribution and Marketing Solutions. While creating strong and diverse earnings streams, these businesses are complementary, targeting a similar customer demographic and providing significant cross-promotional opportunities.
In film, Village Roadshow is a major operator of cinema exhibition circuits, a film and DVD distributor as well as having a shareholding in a movie producer, Village Roadshow Pictures. Village Roadshow Pictures is one of the most successful independent producers in Hollywood with successes including The Matrix trilogy, the Ocean's trilogy, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Happy Feet, Get Smart, I am Legend, Sherlock Holmes, The Great Gatsby and The Lego Movie.
Village Roadshow owns and operates the popular theme parks on Queensland's Gold Coast: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast, Australian Outback Spectacular and Paradise Country, as well as Sea World Resort & Water Park and Village Roadshow Studios and opened Australia's first Topgolf site in June 2018. Village Roadshow also operates and has majority ownership in Wet'n'Wild Las Vegas, operates Wet'n'Wild Haikou on Hainan Island in China and is investigating other opportunities in Asia.