This article is about the Australian media company. For information about the cinema chain, see Village Cinemas.
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Village Roadshow Limited
The Jam Factory
South Yarra, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Robert G. Kirby, CEO
Cinemas, radio, theme parks, film studio, film distribution,
A$1,256 million (2012, )
Village Roadshow Corporation (majority)
Village Roadshow Limited is an Australian media company with interests in cinema, theme parks, film production and distribution. The company is a publicly listed entity on the Australian Securities Exchange. It is majority owned by Village Roadshow Corporation, run by John Kirby, Robert Kirby and Graham Burke.
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Village Roadshow originally commenced operations as Village Drive-Ins (later known as "Village Drive-ins and Cinemas" before becoming today's "Village Cinemas" brand), in 1954, when founder Roc Kirby began running one of Australia's first drive-in cinemas in the Melbourne suburb of Croydon. The drive-in was adjacent to a shopping strip called "Croydon Village"; hence the company adopted the "Village" name. The company later expanded into traditional cinemas in major areas, though it still operates the Coburg Drive-In in Coburg.
In the 1960s the company expanded to start its film distribution business (once a 50-50 joint venture with Greater Union) and moved into film production in the 1970s. The original cinema chain now became one of several businesses the company was involved in.
In the 1980s, Village Roadshow was one of the leading forces in creat