The Rank Organisation
was created by J Arthur Rank in 1937 to consolidate all of his
interests in the film industry. In 1938 it bought Odeon Cinemas, the
largest chain of cinemas in the United Kingdom.
Eventually it owned five major british film studios. In 1960 Rank Audio
Visual was formed for administration of audio visual activities. The Rank Organisation
ceased film production in 1980. In 1996 it was absorved by The Rank