Cinema Expo nod to Odeon/UCI

To be named international exhibitor of the year

Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group will be honored as international exhibitor of the year at Cinema Expo 2009.

Odeon/UCI chief Rupert Gavin will accept the award at a June 24 event during the annual exhibition trade show. Cinema Expo runs June 22-25 at the RAI convention center in Amsterdam.

"Odeon and UCI Cinemas Group have helped set new standards of excellence in exhibition and retailing when it comes to providing the very best state-of-the-art theaters and multiplexes in which to see today's films," Cinema Expo co-managing director Mitch Neuhauser said.

Odeon/UCI operates more than 1,800 screens in 200 theaters in Europe.

A U.K. market leader, the company was formed in 2004 by private equity firm Terra Firma, which acquired Odeon and United Cinemas International. Subsequent growth included acquisitions in Spain, Italy and Germany as well as theater openings in the U.K., Portugal and Italy.