Savon Kinot Oy was founded in 1986 and is a family-owned business. The family’s history in the film industry dates back to 1945 when the founder of Savon Kinot Oy Aarne Peltonen started his projectionist studies in Outokumpu. Currently, the company consists of the children of Aarne and Helli Peltonen: Päivi Jalkanen, Tarja Piiroinen, Osmo Peltonen, Sari Peltonen and Satu Raekorpi.
The first cinemas owned by the business were located in Varkaus and Savonlinna, which is the reason the name of the business refers to the Savo region of Finland. These days the company has theatres in Varkaus, Savonlinna, Joensuu, Iisalmi and Kitee, where the Peltonen family is originally from.