Cineworld Group plc
Public company
Traded as LSE: CINE
Industry Leisure, Entertainment & Refreshments
Founded 1995
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people
Anthony Bloom
Moshe "Mooky" Greidinger
(Chief Executive)
Revenue £705.8 million (2015)[1]
£103.1 million (2015)[1]
£81.3 million (2015)[1]
Subsidiaries Cineworld Cinemas
Cinema City International
Picturehouse Cinemas
Digital Cinema Media (50%)

Cineworld Group plc is the second largest cinema operator in Europe with 2,049 screens[2] across 221 sites[3] in 9 countries.[4] The UK operations consist of arthouse chain Picturehouse Cinemas and multiplex chain Cineworld Cinemas with 24 and 82 cinemas respectively. All but two Cineworld sites are located in the UK, with one each in Ireland and Jersey. Cineworld is the second-largest cinema operator in the UK with over 800 screens, and the owner of the single largest multiplex by screens and customer base in Ireland.[5] Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street is the tallest cinema in the world and the busiest, by customer base, in the UK.[6] The Cineworld site with the greatest number of screens is that located at Valley Centertainment in Sheffield, which has 20.[7] It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


Cineworld in Glasgow, Scotland. The world's tallest cinema
Cineworld in Middlesbrough, England
Cineworld on Fulham Road in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

The first Cineworld opened in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in July 1996; the second, in a purpose-built location in Wakefield, Yorkshire, followed in late 1996, with Shrewsbury, Shropshire, following in November 1998. Additional sites were opened at a steady rate throughout the late '90s and early 2000s; in 2005, Cineworld also took over the UK and Ireland operations of French cinema company UGC. (As part of the merger, seven locations were sold to Empire Cinemas, due to UK fair trading law: Birmingham Great Park, Bishop's Stortford, Ealing, Slough, Sunderland, Swindon and Wigan.)

The Blackstone Group invested in Cineworld in 2004 when it was privately owned, and remained the largest shareholder in Cineworld Group PLC until it sold its entire remaining 20% shareholding in November 2010.[8]

Post-merger, Cineworld have continued to open new locations; as of 2015, Cineworld have 82 locations in the UK, Ireland and Jersey and have a number of new locations in the pipeline.

In August 2013, The Guardian revealed that Cineworld employs 80% of its 4,300 staff on zero hour contracts.[9]

In October 2013, The Chester location was closed due to the landowner wanting to develop the land into a supermarket. This has been the first Cineworld to close without being sold and was the first cinema to leave the chain in 8 years.

In 2014 Cineworld's Picturehouse chain was subject to industrial action owing to its refusal to pay the London Living Wage to its staff. The workforce attracted the support of Eric Cantona.[10]

On 27 February 2014 Cineworld completed the takeover of Cinema City International N.V..[11] In what can be seen to be a partial reverse takeover, the Greidinger family (who owned a controlling 54% stake in Cinema City International) hold a controlling bloc as the largest shareholders in the newly formed company.[12]


Each Cineworld cinema has between 1 and 20 screens, which typically show mainstream general-release films. Some Cineworlds also show broadcasts of opera, theatre, live music and sports. All Cineworlds also have a retail area, where food and drink such as popcorn, nachos or hotdogs can be purchased, Candyking pick and mix outlets are available at the majority of cinemas. Various cinemas sell Ben and Jerry's ice cream but many were switched to Baskin Robbins in late 2013-early 2014 as part of that brand's UK expansion. CafeBars and small amusement arcades can also be found at some cinemas. In October 2012, Cineworld began to replace some of its CafeBars with Starbucks Coffee outlets after agreeing a deal with the coffee chain.

As of September 2013, nine Cineworld cinemas have IMAX screens, and eight have D-BOX technology. As new sites open contracts have been signed for installs of both along with further installs of IMAX screens at older sites. Following a recent refit, the Milton Keynes cinema has acquired both a "Superscreen" and a 4DX screen, the first in the UK. Cineworld intends to roll out further "Superscreen" and 4DX screens to other sites in the future.

The majority of Cineworld cinemas offer a kids club named "Movies for Juniors", which screen selected children's films on Saturday & Sunday mornings at a discounted rate, and daily during school holidays.

In June 2011, Cineworld began a trial of a premium cinema brand, The Screening Rooms. Located next to the Cheltenham cinema, The Screening Rooms offers considerably larger, leather seating, premium food, and 'table' service.[13][14]

Cineworld was the only cinema chain in the United Kingdom to operate a 'strict no food and drink policy'[15] on items that have been bought elsewhere,[16] but in November 2012 the food policy was changed and now states that "neither alcohol nor hot food may be brought onto the premises".[17]

In early 2014 Cineworld introduced an allocated seating system, starting as a trial in selected sites including Wembley and rolling out to all their cinemas by the summer.[18] The move was controversial and a Twitter campaign was created against this policy.[19] Cineworld have responded to the criticism stating that it gives customers peace of mind along with other benefits.[20]

Membership schemes

Cineworld offers a subscription service using a membership card – the "Unlimited Card" – which provides subscribers with unlimited entrance for a set price per month, and currently 10% off all food and drink.[21] Admission to 3D features incurs an additional fee, and does not include the cost of 3D glasses. The standard Unlimited card does not grant access to Cineworld's three West End cinemas (Chelsea, Haymarket and Fulham Road); these require the purchase of a more expensive West End Unlimited card. Using the Unlimited branding, Cineworld also published a free monthly magazine entitled Unlimited, presenting information about upcoming movies the chain will be exhibiting. As of Summer 2012 however, the Unlimited name was removed from the magazine and the subsequently the magazine was simply renamed as Cineworld Magazine.

As of 26 November 2012, Unlimited members of 12 months continuous membership will be upgraded to the Unlimited Premium Card which grants 25% off all food and drink bought in cinema, 10% off Starbucks (on site only) and no uplift fees on 3D films.

In addition to the paid Unlimited scheme, Cineworld offer a free membership scheme called "myCineworld", which allows members a 10% discount on tickets when booking online and with allocated seating offers the member 'the best seats in the auditorium' when booking in advance.

Current locations

Site Screens (#) Origin Notes
AberdeenQueens Links 9 UGC
AberdeenUnion Square 10 Cineworld
Aldershot 7 Cineworld D-Box
Ashford 12 Cineworld
Ashton-under-Lyne 14 Cineworld IMAX
Basildon 18 Empire 6 studio screens, 1 IMPACT screen, 1 IMAX screen.

Purchased from Empire Cinemas in July 2016, started operation under Cineworld August 12 2016.[22]

Bedford 6 UGC
BirminghamBroad Street 12 UGC IMAX, 4DX currently under construction, opening October 2016
BirminghamNEC 11 Cineworld IMAX, Starbucks Coffee, Baskin Robbins
Boldon Tyne and Wear 11 UGC Starbucks Coffee
Bolton 15 UGC Starbucks Coffee
Bradford 16 Cineworld Baskin Robbins, Pix'n'Mix
Braintree 12 Cineworld
Brighton 8 UGC
Bristol 12 Cineworld
Bromley 4 Empire Purchased from Empire Cinemas in July 2016, started operation under Cineworld August 12 2016.
Broughton 11 Cineworld IMAX , Starbucks Coffee
Burton upon Trent 9 Cineworld
Bury St Edmunds 8 Cineworld
Cardiff 15 UGC 4DX, Superscreen, Baskin Robbins
Castleford 14 Cineworld D-Box, IMAX
Cheltenham 11 Cineworld IMAX, The Screening Rooms
Chesterfield 10 Cineworld
Chichester 10 Cineworld IMAX
Crawley 15 UGC D-Box, IMAX, Starbucks Coffee, Superscreen and 4DX under construction
Didcot 5 Cineworld
Didsbury 11 UGC D-Box
Dublin 17 UGC IMAX, Baskin Robbins
Dundee 9 UGC Baskin Robbins
Eastbourne 6 UGC
Edinburgh 13 UGC IMAX, Starbucks Coffee
Falkirk 12 Cineworld Starbucks Coffee
GlasgowIMAX at GSC 1 Cineworld IMAX, Starbucks Coffee
GlasgowParkhead 7 UGC
GlasgowRenfrew Street 18 UGC D-Box
GlasgowSilverburn Centre 14 Cineworld Superscreen, Starbucks Coffee, Baskin Robbins – Opened 26 June 2015
Gloucester 10 Cineworld
Hanley, Staffordshire 9 Cineworld
Harlow 6 UGC
Haverhill 5 Cineworld
Hemel Hempstead 17 Empire 1 IMAX, 2 IMPACT, 1 IMPACT Blue, 1 IMPACT Luxury (currently under construction)

Purchased from Empire Cinemas in July 2016, started operation under Cineworld August 12 2016.

High Wycombe 12 Cineworld
Hinckley 5 Cineworld Baskin Robbins
Hull 9 UGC
Huntingdon 10 Cineworld
Ipswich 11 UGC IMAX, Starbucks Coffee
Isle of Wight 11 Cineworld
Jersey 10 Cineworld
Leigh 7 Cineworld
Llandudno 9 Cineworld
London – Bexleyheath 9 Cineworld
London – Chelsea 4 UGC
London – Enfield 15 UGC IMAX, Starbucks Coffee
London – Feltham 14 Cineworld Baskin Robbins, Pick & Mix, [D-Box]
London – Fulham Road 6 UGC
London – Haymarket 3 UGC
London – Ilford 11 Cineworld
London – Leicester Square 9 Empire Purchased from Empire Cinemas in July 2016, started operation under Cineworld August 12 2016.
London – The O2, Greenwich 11 Vue D-Box, Sky Superscreen
London – Wandsworth 14 Cineworld Baskins-Robbins opened in July 2015 (replacing Ben & Jerry's). 4DX and Superscreen coming December 2016.
London – Wembley 9 Cineworld D-Box, Starbucks Coffee
London – West India Quay 10 UGC
London – Wood Green 12 Cineworld
Loughborough 8 Cineworld Starbucks Coffee
Luton 11 Cineworld
Middlesbrough 11 UGC D-Box
Milton Keynes 16 Cineworld 4DX, Starbucks Coffee, Superscreen
Murton - Dalton Park 7 Cineworld
NewportFriars Walk 8 Cineworld Baskin Robbins
NewportSpytty Park 13 UGC Starbucks Coffee
Northampton 9 UGC Starbucks Coffee, Baskin Robbins
Nottingham 14 WarnerVillage IMAX
Poole 14 Empire Purchased from Empire Cinemas in July 2016, started operation under Cineworld August 12 2016.
Rugby 9 Cineworld
Runcorn 9 Cineworld
Sheffield 20 UGC IMAX, Starbucks Coffee, 4DX, Baskin Robbins, VIP.
Shrewsbury 8 Cineworld
Solihull 9 Cineworld
Southampton 5 UGC
St Helens 11 Cineworld
Stoke-on-Trent 9 Cineworld Baskin Robbins, Pick and Mix
St Neots 6 Cineworld
Stevenage 16 Cineworld Baskin Robbins, Pick and Mix, Starbucks Coffee, IMAX and 4DX
Stockport 10 UGC
Strood / Rochester 9 UGC
Swindon – Shaw Ridge 7 UGC
Swindon – Regent Circus 6 Cineworld
Telford 11 Cineworld IMAX, D-Box, Starbucks Coffee
Wakefield 9 Cineworld
Weymouth 9 Cineworld
Whiteley 9 Cineworld Baskin Robbins
Witney 5 Cineworld
Wolverhampton 14 Cineworld
Yate 6 Cineworld
Yeovil 10 Cineworld Baskin Robbins

Planned locations

Site Screens (#) Notes
Bracknell 12 inc. IMAX Opening Spring 2017, as part of The Lexicon.[23]
Colchester 12 inc. IMAX IMAX and 4DX. Part of Northern Gateway leisure park. Opening 2018
Ely, Cambridgeshire 6 As part of Ely Leisure Village, Opening 2016.
Harlow – Harvey Centre 6 As part of Harvey Centre plans, Opening 2016.
Keighley 8 Opening 2016.
LeedsWhite Rose Centre 11 inc. IMAX Opening date unknown
Macclesfield 9 Opening 2016.
Plymouth 12 inc. IMAX Opening mid-2018
Ruislip 11 Opening 2017.
Speke - New Mersey Retail Park 11 Opening Autumn 2017. Part of Retail Park expansion plans
Trowbridge 8 Opening 2016 however work appears to have stopped and the land is back on the market.[24]
Watford 9 inc. IMAX Opening May 2017.

Former locations

Site Screens Origin Notes
Birmingham – Arcadian 4 UGC Permanently closed in 2004
BirminghamGreat Park 13 UGC Sold to Empire Cinemas in 2005
Bishop's Stortford 6 Cineworld Sold to Empire Cinemas in 2005
Cambridge 9 Cineworld Sold To Light Cinemas following Competition Commission ruling in 2015.
Chester 6 UGC Closed 10 October 2013
Ealing 3 UGC Sold to and now closed by Empire Cinemas since early 2009 for "redevelopment"
GloucesterPeel Centre 6 UGC Closed 5 December 2013. Replaced by new cinema at Gloucester Quays development.
Liverpool - Edge Lane 8 UGC Closed 14th July 2016
London – Hammersmith 4 UGC Closed April 2016
London – Shaftesbury Avenue 7 UGC Closed 21 September 2014. Re-opened under Cineworld's Picturehouse Cinemas brand in spring 2015.[25]
London – Staples Corner 6 UGC Closed 15th August 2016[26]
Sunderland 12 Cineworld Sold to Empire Cinemas in 2005
Slough 10 UGC Sold to Empire Cinemas in 2005
Swindon – Greenbridge 12 Cineworld Swindon was the only place to have a UGC & Cine-UK therefore had two Cineworld Cinemas for a brief time. Sold to Empire Cinemas in 2005.
Wigan 11 UGC Sold to Empire Cinemas in 2005

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "Preliminary Results for year ended 31 December 2015" (PDF). Cineworld. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. Cineworld 2000 Screens Milestone
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  4. Cinemas – Global City Holdings
  5. Cineworld PLC | The Market
  6. "Cineworld Group plc – Company overview". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  7. "Cineworld Group plc – About us". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  8. "Blackstone Completes Sale of Remaining Stake in Cineworld" (PDF). Press release. The Blackstone Group. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  9. Simon Neville. "Curzon and Everyman cinema staff on zero-hours contracts | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
  10. Spanier, Gideon. "Backers pile pay pressure on Cineworld over Brixton Ritzy row". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  11. "UK group to merge with Cinema City International". Polskie Radio. Polskie Radio. 10 January 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2014. Under the terms of the deal, Cineworld will purchase about 100 multiplexes from CCI for 503 million pounds. However, CCI will maintain a 24.9 percent stake in the combined business.
  12. "Israel's Mooky Greidinger Agrees To Sell Cinema City Chain of Movie Theatres To UK Based Cineworld For $923 Million in Cash And Stock". Jewish Business News. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  13. "Sneak peek at Cheltenham cinema's luxury Screening Rooms". This is Gloucestershire.
  14. Sethi, Anita (20 February 2008). "My mission to beat the great cinema food rip-off". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  15. "Cineworld Cinemas – FAQ". Retrieved 9 July 2011. Can I bring in my own food and drink? – Cineworld have a strict no food and drink policy.
  16. Sethi, Anita (20 February 2008). "My mission to beat the great cinema food rip-off ...". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  17. "Cineworld Cinemas – FAQ". Retrieved 1 December 2012. 2.2 Alcohol and Food Policy: Neither alcohol nor hot food may be brought onto the premises. Only hot food bought on the premises may be consumed on the premises. Alcohol may only be purchased and consumed in Cineworld licensed bar areas or in licensed screens and licensing laws will be strictly enforced.
  18. "Allocated seating is now available at your local Cineworld". Cineworld. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  19. "Allocated Seats Cine". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  20. "Allocated seating coming soon to Cineworld". Cineworld. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  21. "Cineworld Cinemas: Unlimited Card Discounts".
  22. "IT'S A WRAP". Retrieved 2016-08-11.
  24. "Concerns for future of Innox Riverside development as site goes up for sale". The Wiltshire Times. 12 June 2015.
  25. "Cineworld London – Shaftesbury Avenue West-End to become Picturehouse Central". Cineworld. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  26. "London - Staples Corner - CLOSED". Cineworld. Retrieved 28 November 2016.

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