By Sam Andrews
Preston-based Apollo Cinemas has confirmed that Managing Director Rob Arthur has left the company.
“As of 28 March 2012, Rob Arthur is no longer employed by Apollo Cinemas Ltd. Simon Gregg has assumed the role of Executive Chairman of the company and will be taking a more active role in the running of the business,” Apollo said in a statement.
The exhibitor, which operates from 14 sites, did not provide any further details about Arthur’s departure. Arthur could not be contacted for comment.
Arthur, who is credited widely with the turnaround of the UK’s largest independent cinema chain, joined Apollo in 2008 and spearheaded its conversion to digital projection.
While he was in charge of the day-to-day management of the company, ultimate control at Apollo has rested with the executors of the estate of Anita Gregg — the late wife of Apollo founder and former Everton investor Paul Gregg and mother of Simon Gregg, who owns luxury car retailer Bramley Garage.
In 2011, Apollo unveiled plans to grow the business to 30-35 sites over five years with Deloitte engaged to conduct a strategic review into how to finance that expansion.