Cineplex Entertainment is our first and only Canadian listing on this list. The company has a history that dates back to 1912, when it began with the Famous Players Film Corporation. Today`s company was officially founded in 1999 and currently operates across Canada. UA was one of the first pioneers of cable television and aggressively purchased smaller regional systems. In the late 1980s, John Malone`s Tele-Communications, Inc. was the majority shareholder; On June 8, 1991, he purchased the rest of the company. On February 19, 1992, TCI sold the theatre chain in a leveraged buyout led by Merrill Lynch Capital Partners Inc and UA Management.  Eighth on our list is the second largest British theatre chain, Vue International. The company was founded in 1999 by Timothy Richards. Vue operates in nine countries, including the UK, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Taiwan, with 225 locations worldwide.
In 2008, CEO Alan Stock donated $9,999 to successfully pass California`s Proposition 8, an initiative that limits the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples and overturns the California Supreme Court`s decision that same-sex couples have the constitutional right to marry. A subsequent campaign launched by opponents of prop 8`s passage encouraged guests to see screenings of the film Milk, based on the life of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, in a competing theater in protest rather than at Cinemark screenings.  Others called for a more general boycott.  Profit marginFor Regal, there is one area of concern, namely the company`s relatively low profit margin. With a profit margin of only 5.6%, this company is below the industry average to this extent. Although the company has strong and growing profits, the ability to retain those profits as profit will determine the extent to which the company can continue to reward shareholders. The Durwood family founded the company and is currently appointing Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin as the largest shareholder. Founded in Kansas City in 1920, AMC was proud to be the first of many major aspects of going to the movies. In second place is our first UK entry on this list, the limited company Cineworld. Cineworld has around 790 cinemas in ten countries, including the UK, USA, Ireland, Israel, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. Cinemark was founded by Lee Roy Mitchell as a theater chain in California, Texas and Utah.  It is not known when Cinemark was founded.
While Cinemark officially claims to have been launched in 1984 (and had previously claimed a founding date in 1983), online recordings show that Cinemark may have started as early as 1977. The company`s roots go back to the 1960s, when brothers J.C. and Lee Roy Mitchell founded Mitchell Theatres, Inc. In 1972, the company was called Texas Cinema Corporation. Lee Roy Mitchell then founded a group of theaters in 1977 under the name Cinemark. Cinemark Corporation and Texas Cinema Corporation merged in June 1979 to create a portfolio of 25 theaters in Texas and New Mexico under the Cinemark brand.  On March 26, 1980, Henry G. Plitt purchased the Cinemark movie circuit from Plitt Theatres Holdings.  But the Cinemark Corporation continued its activities by acquiring existing theatres and starting to build new theatres. In 1987, Cinemark acquired all Plitt Theatres. When the three chains went bankrupt, investor Philip Anschutz bought large investments in all three companies and became the majority owner.  In 2002, Anschutz consolidated its three theatre holdings under a new parent company, the Regal Entertainment Group.
 Mike Campbell of Regal and Kurt Hall of UA were named co-CEOs, with Campbell overseeing theatre operations from Regal Cinemas` headquarters in Knoxville and Kurt Hall leading a new subsidiary, Regal CineMedia, from UA`s offices in Centennial, Colorado. Edwards` head office has been closed. In May 2021, CEO Mark Zoradi said that 98% of Cinemark`s cinemas in the United States had reopened. Due to government restrictions in Latin America, only half of the region`s cinemas are in operation. More recently, the company signed a new contract with major film studios.  On January 7, 2020, Regal Cinemas announced its partnership with PepsiCo, granting the company the right to be the primary supplier of all soft drinks. It was a big step forward as it broke Coca-Cola`s monopoly and its delivery to the world`s three largest film chains. Mountain Dew fans, rejoice! Finally, our top ten list ends with our first Chinese movie channel and our second Asian movie channel, Wanda Cinemas. The company was founded in 2005 and is owned by Wang Jianlin and Dalian Wanda Group. Wanda Cinemas has 187 cinemas throughout China. Our last American company on this list is the Texan Cinemark Theatres. Cinemark was founded in 1961 and currently operates in 525 locations in North America, South America and Taiwan. In particular, Cinemark is the largest cinema chain in Brazil.
In case you haven`t read the last play carefully, after the last known widespread shutdown of the cinema (during another massive global pandemic), the studios bought or built the dramatically weakened cinema exhibitors in front of them, forcing them to close. Now, the Trump administration is considering making exactly this kind of thing happen again by eventually repealing the 1938 executive orders. Could the financial headwinds facing the exhibition industry be the impetus the government needs to accelerate the reversal of the decrees? Plano-based film company Cinemark announced yesterday that it will acquire the remaining units of National CineMedia, currently owned by AMC Theatres, for $156.8 million. As of March 2018, Cinemark operated 533 theaters in the United States, Brazil, Argentina and 13 other Latin American countries. When Regal consolidated the three channels, CineMedia began work on a new digital distribution system to provide a new “pre-show” where slides and film advertising were replaced by digital content. NBC and Turner Broadcasting were among the first to sign up to provide content to the company, and the pre-show titled “The 2wenty” debuted in February 2003; This pre-movie is now known as “Regal FirstLook”. The new distribution system is also expected to be used for special events such as concerts. Regal CineMedia merged with AMC Theatres` National Cinema Network to form National CineMedia in 2005.