Magazine article Screen International

Arts Alliance Buys Park Circus

Magazine article Screen International

Arts Alliance Buys Park Circus

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EXCLUSIVE: Event cinema specialist acquires classics distributor.

Event cinema specialist Arts Alliance has acquired Scottish-based classic film distributor Park Circus.

Park Circus, established in 2003, reps theatrical rights to more than 20,000 US and international titles.

The company has re-issued classics including Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather, Brief Encounter, Heaven's Gate, Casablanca and It's A Wonderful Life.

Upcoming releases from Park Circus include Jacques Tati's Playtime, sci-fi 'B' picture Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Samuel Goldwyn's Guys and Dolls.

Arts Alliance's event cinema output includes the Royal Opera House opera and ballet, theatre from Shakespeare's Globe and a new series of original commissions focused on arts events, including the recent Matisse exhibition event from Tate Modern.

Next month it will distribute the anticipated One Direction - Where We Are concert into more than 3,000 screens worldwide.

Mark Foster, CEO of Arts Alliance, said: "Park Circus are passionate about cinema and its rich heritage and now we are aiming to help the copmany expand its footprint and grow audiences for classic cinema around the world. …

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