May The Force Be With VUE

Thursday, 17 December 2015

THE FORCE will awaken for Star Wars fans arriving at Vue Cinemas – as they will be welcomed by the Glasgow Philharmonia Orchestra playing the movie’s iconic theme to help celebrate the opening week of this much awaited film.

The incredible performance of John Williams’ score will greet cinema goers at Glasgow Fort on the movie’s opening night.

The venue is one of six locations across the country taking part in a special orchestral event to herald the blockbuster’s debut performance on December 17.

Chris Jackson commented: “The Star Wars theme tune is one of the best known and most iconic cinematic scores of all time, what better way to celebrate the start of the much awaited star wars film than treat our customers to a musical experience like no other This year has been an incredible year of fantastic content and we want our customer experience to be the best it can be for the much awaited Star Wars film.

 “December 17 is going to be a night to remember so we wanted to do something to make it that little bit more special for our customers.”

Star Wars: “The Force Awakens has smashed ticket sales records and is already Vue’s fastest selling movie of all time and has broken every record for midnight screenings on opening night.”

The cinema lovers’ favourite chain announced last week the movie has sold over 400 thousand tickets in the UK alone

Vue is opening a further 200 screens on the full opening and will make another 100 screens available over the opening weekend – paving the way for 75,000 more Star Wars fans to enjoy The Force Awakensover those first four days, with screens continuing to be added to meet demand

The music will be provided by the Glasgow Philharmonia Orchestra,

Vue UK, is part of the largest cinema group in the world outside of the US, Vue International, providing cinema fans with an unbeatable screen, seat and sound experience for the ultimate evening of big screen entertainment.

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About Vue Entertainment (UK)

Vue Entertainment (Vue) was formed in May 2003 with the acquisition of the Warner Village Cinemas in the UK consisting of 36 sites and 353 screens. The business today now owns 84 state of the art cinemas throughout the UK and Ireland, with 804 screens. This includes 265 3D screens, 11 Extreme Screens, 7 Gold Class screens, 3 Scene Screens and bars and 2 IMAX screens. With a total of 154,062 seats, 98% of which are stadium seating, Vue's innovative development programme has led the way in the UK.  Vue Westfield London (February 2010) and Vue Westfield Stratford City (September 2011) remain the first and third highest grossing cinemas in the country.


Vue is committed to continued growth and development of its premium entertainment ‘big screen’ experience by delivering the best choice of content, combined with the best technology in the best environment. Cinemas around the UK offer range of content for everyone with event cinema titles including opera, ballet, musicals, national theatre, live streaming of sporting events and concerts through to hosting Gaming championships and dedicating multiple screens to eGaming arenas.  From Blockbusters to Ballet the big screen cinematic experience is one of the last remaining fully immersive entertainment experiences for all of the family to enjoy. 

About Vue International
From its inception in May 2003, Vue International became a worldwide operator and developer of modern, innovative multiplex cinemas. Vue International has grown organically and through strategic acquisition owning some of the most respected cinema operations in Europe. With the acquisition of Apollo Cinemas and the takeover of CinemaxX (Germany and Denmark) in 2012, the acquisition of Multikino (Poland, Latvia and Lithuania) in 2013, and Space Cinemas (Italy) in 2014 the company grew to be the fifth largest cinema group in the world by box office revenue. The recent acquisition of JT Bisocopen (Netherlands) is the fourth international transaction bringing the best in big screen entertainment to ten countries with 209 sites and 1,859 screens

 Notes for Editors:

The orchestra, made up of 18 to 25 year olds, many of whom are students, has enjoyed remarkable success over the past 3 years.  Along with their fantastic Summer and Gala concerts, the orchestra enjoyed a “sell out performance” at the “Stars on Parade” (2013) charity concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.  From their appearance on stage with soloists and a Britain's Got Talent Winner they have certainly shown us their versatile repertoire and certainly earned their reputation as a showcase for young Scottish talent.

They recorded an album with Karl Loxley who appeared on BBC The Voice as well as the charity single for the Lord Provost Queens Street Fund with River City start Tom Urie. The orchestra also had the privilege of playing for the Medal Unveiling for the Commonwealth Games 2014.



Twitter: @GlasgowPhil