|Traded as||LSE: CINE|
|Industry||Leisure, Entertainment & Refreshments|
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|Key people||Anthony Bloom
Moshe (Mooky) Greidinger
|Revenue||£406.1 million (2013)|
|Operating income||£37.5 million (2013)|
|Net income||£21.0 million (2013)|
Cineworld Group plc is a cinema chain operating in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Jersey. The chain consists of 81 cinemas, 79 of which are located in the UK, with one each in Ireland and Jersey. It 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. Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street is the tallest cinema in the world and the busiest, by customer base, in the UK. The Cineworld with the greatest number of screens is that located at Valley Centertainment in Sheffield, which has 20. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
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.
Post-merger, Cineworld have continued to open new locations; as of 2013, Cineworld have 81 locations in the UK, Ireland and Jersey and have a number of new locations in the pipeline.
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.
On 27 February 2014 Cineworld completed the takeover of Cinema City International N.V.. 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.
Each Cineworld cinema has between one and twenty 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 can be purchased, Candyking pick and mix outlets are available at all of its sites for example. Some also have a cafe, which sells Ben and Jerry's ice cream, lounge bar and a small amusement arcade. In October 2013, Cineworld began to replace its cafes with Starbucks Coffee outlets after agreeing a deal with the coffee chain. Seven cinemas in the chain have so far been given a Starbucks with another three cinemas due to open a Starbucks outlet by the end of the year.
The majority of Cineworld cinemas also offer "Movies for Juniors", which shows selected children's films on Saturday mornings at a discounted rate. (Ashford, Bolton, Burton Upon Trent, Ipswich, Liverpool, London Wandsworth and Northampton Cineworlds host Movies for Juniors on both Saturday and Sunday mornings.)
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.
Cineworld was the only cinema chain in the United Kingdom to operate a 'strict no food and drink policy' on items that have been bought elsewhere, but in November 2012 the food policy was changed and now states that "neither alcohol nor hot food may be brought onto the premises".
As of June 2014 Cineworld are instituting Allocated Seating at their cinemas. There is currently (July 2014) a Twitter campaign against this policy. Cineworld have responded to the criticism of the policy stating that it gives customers peace of mind along with other benefits.
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. It is the only type of cinema subscription service available in the UK, Ireland and Jersey. 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 four West End cinemas (Chelsea, Haymarket, Fulham Road and Shaftesbury Avenue); 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 no additional fees.
Cineworld on Fulham Road in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
|Aberdeen — Queens Links||9||UGC||Opened 17 July 1997.|
|Aberdeen — Union Square||10||Cineworld||Opened 30 October 2009. All screens use digital projection although 3 screens can facilitate 35mm film also.|
|Aldershot||7||Cineworld||D-Box. Opened 26 October 2012.|
|Ashton-under-Lyne||14||Cineworld||V.I.P Seating. Screen 7 now converted to IMAX|
|Boldon Tyne and Wear||11||UGC||On-site Starbucks.|
|Brighton||8||UGC||All screens fully digital although Screen 8 can still facilitate 35mm.|
|Bristol||14||Cineworld||12 screens operational.|
|Burton upon Trent||9||Cineworld|
|Bury St Edmunds||8||Cineworld||All screens fully digital, 4 3D capable screens|
|Castleford||14||Cineworld||D-Box, V.I.P Seating.|
|Cheltenham||11||Cineworld||Also the location of Cineworld's premium ofshoot 'The Screening Rooms'.|
|Crawley||15||UGC||D-Box, IMAX, On-site Starbucks.|
|Didcot||5||Cineworld||Chain's first non-box office site operating with a dual retail-ticket system.|
|Edinburgh||13||UGC||IMAX, On-site Starbucks (opening soon).|
|Glasgow — IMAX at GSC||1||Cineworld||IMAX, On-site Starbucks (opening soon). Opened 18 October 2013. Cinema with least amount of screens. As part of Glasgow Science Centre.|
|Glasgow — Parkhead||7||UGC|
|Glasgow — Renfrew Street||18||UGC||D-Box. The world's tallest cinema.|
|Gloucester||10||Cineworld||Opened 6 December 2013. As part of Gloucester Quays development.|
|Haverhill||5||Cineworld||Opened 10 October 2008. Is the first site to use full customer automated ticketing system.|
|High Wycombe||12||Cineworld||V.I.P Seating.|
|Ipswich||11||UGC||IMAX, On-site Starbucks. Opened 1 May 1998.|
|Isle of Wight||11||Cineworld|
|Jersey||10||Cineworld||V.I.P Seating. Only Cineworld in the Channel Islands, and only cinema in Jersey.|
|London — Bexleyheath||9||Cineworld|
|London — Chelsea||4||UGC|
|London — Enfield||15||UGC||IMAX, On-site Starbucks.|
|London — Feltham||14||Cineworld|
|London — Fulham Road||6||UGC|
|London — Hammersmith||4||UGC|
|London — Haymarket||3||UGC|
|London — Ilford||11||Cineworld|
|London — Shaftesbury Avenue||7||UGC||Planning permission granted March 2014 to significantly refurbish this site under the Picturehouse Cinemas brand including a new entrance from the street, members bar and roof terrace.|
|London — Staples Corner||6||UGC|
|London — The O2, Greenwich||11||Vue||D-Box, V.I.P Seating. Cineworld Group Plc won a 25 year contract to operate The O2 multiplex from Friday 25 June 2010|
|London — Wandsworth||14||Cineworld||V.I.P Seating.|
|London — Wembley||9||Cineworld||D-Box, On-site Starbucks. Opened 24 October 2013.|
|London — West India Quay||10||UGC|
|London — Wood Green||12||Cineworld|
|Sheffield||20||UGC||IMAX, On-site Starbucks. Cinema with most screens in the chain.|
|Shrewsbury||8||Cineworld||Opened November 1998.|
|St Neots||6||Cineworld||Opened May 2014.|
|Stevenage||16||Cineworld||IMAX, Opened July 1996. First Cineworld location.|
|Strood||9||UGC||Listed on the website as Rochester.|
|Wakefield||9 (formerly 12)||Cineworld||Opened late 1996. First purpose built Cineworld.|
|Witney||5||Cineworld||Opened 30 October 2009. All screens use digital projection although 2 screens can facilitate 35mm film also.|
|Birmingham - NEC||11||Opening Spring 2015, as part of the Resorts World Birmingham complex at the National Exhibition Centre.|
|Bracknell||12||Opening 2015, as part of the Bracknell Regeneration.|
|Broughton||11||As part of the Broughton Shopping Park expansion plans, Opening 2015.|
|Harlow - Harvey Centre||6||As part of Harvey Centre plans, Opening 2014.|
|Hinckley||5||As part of Crescent Bus Station plans, Opening 2015.|
|Newport - Friars Walk||8||Opening 2015.|
|Swindon - Regent Circus||6||As part of the Regent Circus plans. Opening 2014.|
|Telford||11||As part of the Southwater development. Opening 2014.|
|Whiteley||9||Opening May 2015|
|Birmingham — Great Park||13||UGC||Sold to Empire Cinemas in 2005.|
|Bishop's Stortford||6||Cineworld||Sold to Empire Cinemas in 2005.|
|Chester||6||UGC||Closed 10 October 2013.|
|Ealing||3||UGC||Sold to and now closed by Empire Cinemas since early 2009 for "redevelopment"|
|Gloucester — Peel Centre||6||UGC||Closed 5 December 2013. Replaced by new cinema at Gloucester Quays development.|
|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.|
- Cineworld (Glasgow) – tallest cinema in the world
- Cineworld Dublin – largest cinema in Ireland (and only Cineworld?)
- "Preliminary Results for year ended 31 December 2013". Cineworld. Retrieved 25 June 2014.
- Cineworld PLC | The Market
- Cineworld PLC | Company Overview
- Cineworld PLC | About Us
- "Blackstone Completes Sale of Remaining Stake in Cineworld". Press release. The Blackstone Group. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
- Simon Neville. "Curzon and Everyman cinema staff on zero-hours contracts | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- Spanier, Gideon. "Backers pile pay pressure on Cineworld over Brixton Ritzy row". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
- this cinema. "Starbucks at Cineworld | Cineworld Cinemas". Cineworld.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- "Sneak peek at Cheltenham cinema's luxury Screening Rooms". This is Gloucestershire. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
- "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."
- Sethi, Anita (20 February 2008). "My mission to beat the great cinema food rip-off ...". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 9 July 2011.
- "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."
- "Cineworld Cinemas: Unlimited Card Discounts".
- Cineworld to operate O2 multiplex | Digital Look
- "BBC News - St Neots Cineworld cinema opens after building blunder". Bbc.co.uk. 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-06-25.
- "Work on Hinckley's £80m revamp to start next year". BBC News. 10 October 2013.
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