Curzon Cinemas

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Curzon Cinemas Limited
Industry Leisure, Entertainment & refreshments
Number of locations
12 cinemas
Products Tickets, popcorn, alcohol, drinks & confectionery
Parent Curzon

Curzon Cinemas are a chain of cinemas based in the United Kingdom, mostly in London, specialising in art house films. They also have a video on demand service, Curzon Home Cinema .

Movie theater Venue, usually a building, for viewing films

A movie theater, cinema, or cinema hall, also known as a picture house, the pictures, or the movies, is a building that contains auditoria for viewing films for entertainment. Most, but not all, theaters are commercial operations catering to the general public, who attend by purchasing a ticket. Some movie theaters, however, are operated by non-profit organizations or societies that charge members a membership fee to view films.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea separates Great Britain and Ireland. The United Kingdom's 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi) were home to an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

London Capital of the United Kingdom

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Curzon Cinemas were established in 1934 when Harold Wingate, who imported unknown films during the post World War I period, opened the first cinema in Mayfair. The second location, Curzon Bloomsbury, opened in 1972. In 1976 Curzon Artificial Eye, the film distribution company was launched.


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The Renoir, Bloomsbury

Curzon Cinemas currently have 12 cinema complexes throughout the United Kingdom. [1]

Aldgate 4Opened January 2017
Bloomsbury 6"The Renoir" Acquired March 2015 [2]
Canterbury 3
[forchesterr]]3Opened 6 July 2018
Knutsford 1
Mayfair 2First Curzon from 1934
Oxford 5Opened Autumn 2017
Richmond 1
Ripon 2Opened Autumn 2013 [3] [4]
Sheffield 3Opened 9 January 2015
Soho 3
Victoria 5Opened May 2014

Franchised locations

Curzon Cinemas have also franchised their name and operate in partnership with a number of other locations. [5]

LocationPartner's nameNumber of screensNotes
South Bank Curzon Sea Containers1Previously Curzon Mondrian, renamed in January 2019 in line with rebrand of Sea Containers Hotel [6] [7]
Wimbledon hmvcurzon3Joint venture with HMV [8]

Future locations

Curzon intends to open three more cinemas in Greater London in 2019: Hoxton, East Finchley and Kingston. [9] It also plans to reopen its Chelsea cinema (which was closed in May 2018) in 2022 after the site is redeveloped by Cadogan Estates. [10]

Hoxton Neighbourhood in the East End of London, England

Hoxton is an area in Shoreditch and is in the London Borough of Hackney, England. Together with the rest of Shoreditch, it is often described as part of the East End, the historic core of wider East London. It was historically in the county of Middlesex until 1889. It lies immediately north of the City of London financial district, and was once part of the Ancient Parish and subsequent Metropolitan Borough of Shoreditch, prior to its incorporation into the London Borough of Hackney.

East Finchley area in north London, in the London Borough of Barnet

East Finchley is an area in Greater London, within the London Borough of Barnet. The area collectively named Finchley, which includes East Finchley, Finchley Central and North Finchley, was a parish until its incorporation into the ancient county of Middlesex in 1878; the county of Middlesex was abolished and Finchley was incorporated into Greater London in 1965.

Kingston upon Thames principal settlement of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in southwest London

Kingston upon Thames, frequently known as Kingston, is a town in Greater London, England, 10 miles (16.1 km) southwest of Charing Cross. It is the administrative centre of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, and identified as a major metropolitan centre in the London Plan.

Curzon Artificial Eye is a sister company of Curzon Cinemas. [11] They cover acquisition, production and distribution rights to films across the UK and Ireland.

Curzon Artificial Eye is a British film distributor, specialising in independent, foreign-language and art house films for cinema and home entertainment.

A subsidiary, subsidiary company or daughter company is a company that is owned or controlled by another company, which is called the parent company, parent, or holding company. The subsidiary can be a company, corporation, or limited liability company. In some cases it is a government or state-owned enterprise. In some cases, particularly in the music and book publishing industries, subsidiaries are referred to as imprints.

Curzon Home Cinema, [5] a video on demand service

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