First online DVD business to offer cinema bookings

London, 25 January 2006:, the consumer brand of Video Island, today announced that it is bringing cinema and DVD closer together by offering its members a cinema booking service through existing partner Vue Cinemas. is the first online DVD rental company worldwide to offer members an integrated service of this kind. members will be able to look up cinema listings for all films ‘showing now’ and buy tickets at one of Vue’s 54 cinemas nationwide. The service provides a country-wide list of titles, plus the time and date of showing, reviews and advanced notices; updated with daily feeds.

For booking, the service links directly to Vue, where members simply need to fill out the number of tickets required before securing a reservation. And, after the first purchase, individual preferences like your local cinema are remembered to make future ticket purchases simple. The service provides a single point of reference and sale; saving members’ time and effort searching and booking tickets on multiple sites.

This initiative reinforces’s partnership with Vue Cinemas, one of the UK's leading multiplex cinema operators, following their team-up in July 2005 with the launch of 'Vue at Home', a DVD rental service. This marked the first time that a leading national exhibitor and a leading DVD home entertainment company had offered such an integrated service.

This announcement is part of’s long-term strategy of extending its services beyond the letterbox, offering movie fans across the UK access to a range of entertainment packages. Bringing cinema and DVD closer together, reinforces its pioneering commitment to revolutionising the entertainment market.

Simon Calver, CEO of Video Island the operator of said: ‘We are delighted to be offering further integration between cinema and DVD with our partner, Vue Cinema. We have long recognised the huge benefits in teaming up further to offer true entertainment packages and are particularly happy to be taking the partnership to the next level at this stage. This is a truly unique service that places Vue and ahead of the market.”

Mark de Quervain, Sales and Marketing Director for Vue Entertainment said: "We both recognised that DVD renters are also cinema goers and as such, we knew we could integrate our offerings further to bring enormous member benefit."


About Vue Entertainment

Vue Entertainment is one of the UK’s leading multiplex developers and operators of state of the art multiplex cinemas. Formed in May 2003, Vue is one of the fastest growing cinema companies in the country. Having acquired the Ster Century cinema chain at the end of April 2005, Vue now owns 59 multiplexes across the UK and Ireland.

The company has the most modern cinemas in the UK, with over 90% stadium seating. In 2005 it won the award for International Exhibitor of the Year at Cinema Expo.

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Published on: 12:00AM on 25th January 2006