Admissions at its 226 sites, across countries including Poland, the Czech Republic and Israel as well as the UK, passed the 100 million mark for the first time as revenue grew 8.3 per cent.
Box office sales were up seven per cent, while retail spending increased by 12.7 per cent as it opened new Starbucks outlets and VIP suites.
The FTSE 250 company predicts an “exciting” year ahead.
It expects to open 13 new venues in 2017, including six in the UK.
National Express quits UK rail
Operator National Express is departing the UK rail passenger market after agreeing to sell c2c to Trenitalia, part of Italy’s state railway, for £70million.
The London to south Essex franchise marks Trenitalia’s first step into the UK market, joining existing European outfits Deutsche Bahn, Abellio and Keolis.
Analysts said National Express, once one of the country’s biggest rail franchise operators, had grown frustrated at missing out on a number of bids.
It has not ruled out future UK rail contracts, but is focused on growth opportunities in Europe and North America.
Trenitalia CEO Barbara Morgante said: “We see significant chances to invest in UK rail.”
Cobham CEO calls for calm
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The FTSE 250 firm overhauled its management after poor trading at some of its businesses and tapped investors for £500million to reduce its debt pile.
It lowered its annual profit to £245million from October guidance of £255-275million.
CEO David Lockwood, who took over in mid-December, said: “We are not going to financially engineer our way out of this.
"We need stability, we need to calm everything down and we need to focus, particularly on our customers and customer-related issues.”
Housebuilder's home run
Taylor Wimpey’s move into better quality locations paid off as it shrugged off Brexit concerns to build healthy profits.
The blue chip housebuilder sold 13,881 homes in 2016, up 4 per cent, while overall average selling prices increased by 11 per cent to £255,000.
Annual profits look set to be at the upper end of City forecasts of £706-755million.
CEO Pete Redfern said consumer confidence was “robust” as buyers benefit from low interest rates.
He said: “We start the year in an excellent financial and operational position and expect to demonstrate further progress throughout 2017.”