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Apollo Cinemas screen a new EPoS solution
The UK's largest independent cinema chain has turned to cinema sector specialists J2 Retail Systems and Vista Entertainment Solutions for a new solution on which to run its business.
Between them the cinemas have forty points-of-sale, each a J2 615 terminal running Vista POS and enterprise management software, running ticketing and sales of food, drinks and confectionery.
Both J2 Retail Systems and Vista are known for their expertise and extensive installed base in the sector.
Explains Imtiaz Ullah, Head of IT at Apollo Cinemas: “We pride ourselves on being innovative when it comes to technology. We were the first fully digital circuit in the UK and use equipment such as Sony 4K Digital Cinema projection, Real D screens and Dolby Surround sound that produces a picture detail at the highest level the human eye can see.”
Continues Ullah: “We are equally demanding when it comes to the systems that run our commercial and customer-facing operations. Efficiency at point-of-sale is critical to keep queues down and customer service standards high. We were influenced by the credentials and experience that both J2 and Vista could offer in our industry.
With 83 screens over 14 sites, Apollo Cinemas is the UK’s 6th largest operator in screen terms. The company’s vision is to be a local entertainment hub and to achieve this it is extending the range of its non-film screen performances to include concerts, sporting events, opera and ballet.
Apollo Cinemas can be found nationwide, from Torbay in Devon to Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria.
J2 RETAIL SYSTEMS
J2 Retail Systems is a specialist manufacturer of PC-based touchscreens, LCD touchscreen monitors and point-of-sale hardware to the retail, hospitality and leisure industries. With 100,000 units+ installed worldwide, its clients include thousands of leisure operators, leading-brand retailers and hospitality businesses. Its technology is now seen as the EPoS of choice in the cinema sector.
J2 products represent innovation, reliable performance and one of the lowest costs of EPoS ownership achievable today.
J2’s history has been one of pioneering and market ‘firsts’, including the first EPoS to contain Solid State storage drives as standard.
VISTA ENTERTAINMENT SOLUTIONS
Vista is the global leader in cinema management software.
With offices in London, LA, Shanghai and Auckland, Vista is able to deliver global solutions with a local touch.
Vista is a highly flexible and comprehensive product, covering Box Office, Concessions, Back Office, Online Ticket Sales, Loyalty, Film Programming, Voucher Management and Head Office functions. The advanced functionality, proven reliability, as well as clean look and feel, have made Vista the world leader in the cinema management software market.