Magazine article Screen International

Odeon-UCI Chief Issues Warning to UK Cinema Industry

Magazine article Screen International

Odeon-UCI Chief Issues Warning to UK Cinema Industry

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Ian Shepherd, group chief commercial officer at Odeon and UCI Cinemas, has said that the positive state of the UK's exhibition sector may only be temporary, and that cinema-owners must not rest on their laurels.

Delivering a keynote address at the UK Cinema Association's conference in London today, Shepherd stated: "Scary change happens and it happens really fast.

"It seems inconceivable that there might be no cinema in five years' time, but a decade ago it seemed inconceivable that there would be no book or record shops in the UK.

"Customers, technology and the world have changed. We need to keep a weather eye on the industry we're building for the next decade and the decade beyond that."

While Shepherd insisted that the UK exhibition industry is in good health following a bumper year at the box office, he stressed that this "wasn't necessarily permanent".

The exec stated that Odeon and UCI had seen a 13. …

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