Arts Alliance acquires Park Circus
by Naman Ramachandran
- Scotland-based distributor specialises in classic film
Producing, financing, distributing and event cinema company Arts Alliance has completed its acquisition of Park Circus, a Scotland based distribution outfit specialising in classic feature films. Established in 2003, Park Circus represents theatrical distribution of more than 20,000 titles from Hollywood film studios and major British producers in over 80 territories worldwide. The company has reissued iconic titles including Lawrence of Arabia, Brief Encounter, Casablanca and upcoming releases include Playtime, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and Guys and Dolls.
Mark Foster, CEO of Arts Alliance, said, “We are delighted to welcome Park Circus and its founders, Nick Varley and John Letham into the Arts Alliance family. Nick, John and their team have established an unmatched reputation as the go-to suppliers of classic movies for exhibitors from all around the world. They are passionate about cinema and its rich heritage and now we are aiming to help Park Circus expand its footprint and grow audiences for classic cinema around the world.”
Nick Varley, Managing Director of Park Circus, said, “This is really exciting news, both for Park Circus and for audiences who are increasingly looking for a more varied programme from their local cinema. At one level it is business as usual for Park Circus as we continue to serve our valued studio clients as well as servicing our growing network of cinema screens. However, with the backing of Arts Alliance’s global cinema distribution and marketing network we will now be able to expand our reach and deliver more effectively on our mission to get more audiences going to see the wonderful range of films we have to offer.”