About us

We believe in changing the game

No-one wants ordinary. Our customers are looking for standout experiences, new and exciting possibilities, the stuff with wow factor they can share with friends and family. So that’s just what we do. Always have, always will.


~$1Bn

Annual turnover

~$2Bn

Property Portfolio

~9000

People

WHAT and HOW we do business

The EVT Way

At EVT we are more than just our brands, we put our customers at the centre of everything. Our vision is to be leaders in creating experiences that escape the ordinary.

In line with our three strategic goals, that means making a positive impact on our customers, our people, our communities and our environment. 

Our History

1910 – Where it all began

The foundation of EVT began with seven pioneers forming a business dedicated to the future of Entertainment. Becoming Australia’s biggest film company of the era, Union Theatres and Australasian Films.

Time of need

During the war years our group helped shape the national identity of the time through producing films and connecting audiences with the experience of cinema.

1920s

As the golden age of Hollywood emerged, top quality American films entered the Australian market. We gained exclusive distribution deals with US studios and supplied 75% of the film product to Australian cinemas.

Monuments to movies

In 1929, a time when monuments to movies were built, we opened The State Theatre as ‘the empire’s greatest theatre’.

Early innovation

One of our biggest innovations during this tough era was the creation of Cinesound. Focused on capturing and producing news and major events on the world stage for over 4 decades. Alongside Cinesound, we also had interests in production and radio, creating the foundations for what would become the ABC.

The Rydge legacy

In 1937, our board appointed Sir Norman Rydge as Managing Director. He went on to become a legend in our company and the wider Entertainment industry. The Rydge's Business Journal would later became the inspiration for Rydges Hotels.

1960s

A new partnership with Village Cinemas emerged, first launching a series of drive-in cinemas and expanding further.

1970s

Our group launched the award winning technical innovation Cine-Fi sound system, giving customers the ability to hear movies through their car radios, a first for Drive-In theatres.

New festival home

From 1974 the prestigious Sydney Film Festival found a new home at the State Theatre.

1980s

In 1980 Alan Rydge was appointed Chairman of our group, at the time making him Australia's youngest Chairman of a public company, a position Mr Rydge still passionately holds to this day.

The start of something special

Our 1980 acquisition of ACE Cinemas included control of the Noah's and Hospitality Inn hotel chain, immediately entering our group into the Hotel business in Australia and New Zealand.

New ventures

In 1987 Thredbo joined the group, adding a diversified business with property development opportunities and a new recreation revenue stream.

Welcome Rydges

The first Rydges branded hotel launched at the Pavilion Hotel in Canberra in 1988.

Making it snow

In 1988 the largest snowmaking system in the southern hemisphere is installed in Thredbo, extending top to bottom skiing from an average of 10 days to over 80 days per season.

Senstadium mania begins

Our first 'Senstadium' seating cinema opened at Pacific Fair in 1996, at the same time as the largest complex in Australia, Marion, featuring 30-cinema screens.

Going for gold

In 1998 our first Gold Class premium cinemas opened in Queensland, giving customers their first luxury cinema experience.

2000s

Our hotel division expanded from corporate into the leisure segment with the acquisition of properties in tropical North Queensland.

European ownership expands

Our group acquired full ownership of German cinema chain, Cinestar, in 2003.

Going digital

In 2006 our cinemas installed their first digital 3D projectors supplied by Edge Digital Technology.

Reimagining the experience

The first Event Cinemas location opened at Robina in 2007. Featuring a new self service candy bar and the first V-Max large screen format cinema.

2010s

2010 marked our company's 100 year anniversary.

Across the ditch

In 2010, our group acquired Skycity and Rialto Cinemas New Zealand, entering the New Zealand cinema market.

Movies and fresh air

In 2011, our cinema division expanded to include an additional outdoor cinema offering with the acquisition of Moonlight Cinemas.

It's QT time

In 2011 after 25 years as a mono-brand hotel business, the QT brand launched on the Gold Coast. This put our hotel division at the forefront of the lifestyle hotel revolution.

Historic redevelopment

In 2012 the group completed the redevelopment of the historic Gowings and State Theatre buildings into QT Sydney. This event launched a series of other QT development projects, including Melbourne, Perth, Wellington and Queenstown.

Covering all bases

Our first mid-market lifestyle hotel, Atura, was launched at Blacktown in 2013. A hotel brand dedicated to regional centres and business hubs, now with properties in Adelaide Airport, Dandenong and Albury.

Significant land holding

In 2017 with the acquisition of 458-472 George St buildings our group completed its ownership of a significant land holding in the Sydney CBD. Ownership now encompasses The State Theatre, QT Sydney, 478 George St and future development sites 458-472 George St.

Cinema of the future

In 2018, Your Cinema Your Way launched at Event Cinemas Coomera, giving our customers 3 different seat choices and multiple cinema experiences under one roof. Alongside our new data-driven design Marketplace, completely transforming cinema Food and Beverage outlets.

New era of luxury

June 2018 – Event Boutique, Australia's most instagrammable cinema launched at George St.

Designed by kids for kids

In the same year, Event Junior launched at Shellharbour and Macquarie, an experience dedicated to kids 8 years and younger, including a playground inside the cinema.

2020's

To cover the end to end luxury to budget markets, our group acquired budget brand Jucy Snooze in 2020.

Hotel Management expansion

In 2020 our QT and Atura brands grow beyond ownership with their first hotel management agreements. This exciting next step opens additional opportunities for expansion in the luxury and mid-tier markets.

Up up and away

The installation of The Merritts Gondola in 2020, Australia’s first alpine gondola, revolutionised the way our customers move around Thredbo and provides opportunities for expanded experiences.

Opportunities to grow

Independent Collection by EVT launched in 2021. Providing a new growth area, through individually branded hotels, and new opportunities for owners to utilise our hotel solutions.

The age of CX technology

Our teams are at the forefront of CX technology, delivering the very best in customer service at the touch of a button. Innovations so far this decade include; rapid check hotel kiosks; Gold Class service to seat app; Cinebuzz On Demand; advanced trials of digital room keys and app based room service.

Our People

Alan Rydge AM
Non-executive Chairman, Board member since 1978
Peter Coates AO
Independent non-executive director and Board member since 2009
David Grant
Independent non-executive director and Board member since 2013
Patria Mann
Independent non-executive director and Board member since 2013
Valerie Davies
Independent non-executive director and Board member since 2011
Jane Hastings
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer since 1 July 2017