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Cineworld Group plc
Type Public
Traded as LSECINE
Industry Leisure, Entertainment & Refreshments
Founded 1995
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people Anthony Bloom
Moshe (Mooky) Greidinger
(Chief Executive)
Revenue £406.1 million (2013)[1]
Operating income £37.5 million (2013)[1]
Net income £21.0 million (2013)[1]

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.[2] Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street is the tallest cinema in the world and the busiest, by customer base, in the UK.[3] The Cineworld with the greatest number of screens is that located at Valley Centertainment in Sheffield, which has 20.[4] 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.[5]

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 August 2013, The Guardian revealed that Cineworld employs 80% of its 4,300 staff on zero hour contracts.[6]

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 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.[7]

On 27 February 2014 Cineworld completed the takeover of Cinema City International N.V..[8] 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.[9]


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.[10]

As of September 2013, nine Cineworld cinemas have an IMAX screen, and eight have D-BOX technology.

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.[11]

Cineworld was the only cinema chain in the United Kingdom to operate a 'strict no food and drink policy'[12] on items that have been bought elsewhere,[13] but in November 2012 the food policy was changed and now states that "neither alcohol nor hot food may be brought onto the premises".[14]

As of June 2014 Cineworld are instituting Allocated Seating at their cinemas.[15] There is currently (July 2014) a Twitter campaign against this policy.[16] Cineworld have responded to the criticism of the policy stating that it gives customers peace of mind along with other benefits.[17]

Membership schemes[edit]

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.[18] 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.


Current locations[edit]

Site Screens (#) Origin Notes
AberdeenQueens Links 9 UGC Opened 17 July 1997.
AberdeenUnion 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.
Ashford 12 Cineworld
Ashton-under-Lyne 14 Cineworld V.I.P Seating. Screen 7 now converted to IMAX
Bedford 6 UGC
Birmingham 12 UGC IMAX.
Boldon Tyne and Wear 11 UGC On-site Starbucks.
Bolton 15 UGC On-site Starbucks.
Bradford 16 Cineworld
Braintree 12 Cineworld
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
Cambridge 9 Cineworld
Cardiff 15 UGC
Castleford 14 Cineworld D-Box, V.I.P Seating.
Cheltenham 11 Cineworld Also the location of Cineworld's premium ofshoot 'The Screening Rooms'.
Chesterfield 10 Cineworld
Chichester 10 Cineworld V.I.P Seating.
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.
Didsbury 11 UGC D-Box.
Dublin 17 UGC IMAX.
Dundee 9 UGC
Eastbourne 6 UGC
Edinburgh 13 UGC IMAX, On-site Starbucks (opening soon).
Falkirk 12 Cineworld On-site Starbucks.
GlasgowIMAX 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.
GlasgowParkhead 7 UGC
GlasgowRenfrew Street 18 UGC D-Box. The world's tallest cinema.
Gloucester 10 Cineworld Opened 6 December 2013. As part of Gloucester Quays development.
Harlow 6 UGC
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.
Hull 9 UGC
Huntingdon 10 Cineworld
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.
Leigh 7 Cineworld
Liverpool 8 UGC
Llandudno 9 Cineworld
LondonBexleyheath 9 Cineworld
LondonChelsea 4 UGC
LondonEnfield 15 UGC IMAX, On-site Starbucks.
LondonFeltham 14 Cineworld
LondonFulham Road 6 UGC
LondonHammersmith 4 UGC
LondonHaymarket 3 UGC
LondonIlford 11 Cineworld
LondonShaftesbury 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.
LondonStaples Corner 6 UGC
LondonThe 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[19]
LondonWandsworth 14 Cineworld V.I.P Seating.
LondonWembley 9 Cineworld D-Box, On-site Starbucks. Opened 24 October 2013.
LondonWest India Quay 10 UGC
LondonWood Green 12 Cineworld
Luton 11 Cineworld
Middlesbrough 11 UGC
Milton Keynes 16 Cineworld D-Box.
Newport 13 UGC On-site Starbucks.
Northampton 9 UGC On-site Starbucks.
Nottingham 14 UGC IMAX
Rugby 9 Cineworld
Runcorn 9 Cineworld
Sheffield 20 UGC IMAX, On-site Starbucks. Cinema with most screens in the chain.
Shrewsbury 8 Cineworld Opened November 1998.
Solihull 9 Cineworld
Southampton 5 UGC
St. Helens 11 Cineworld
St Neots 6 Cineworld Opened May 2014.[20]
Stevenage 16 Cineworld IMAX, Opened July 1996. First Cineworld location.
Stockport 10 UGC
Strood 9 UGC Listed on the website as Rochester.
Swindon 7 UGC
Wakefield 9 (formerly 12) Cineworld Opened late 1996. First purpose built Cineworld.
Weymouth 9 Cineworld
Witney 5 Cineworld Opened 30 October 2009. All screens use digital projection although 2 screens can facilitate 35mm film also.
Wolverhampton 14 Cineworld
Yeovil 10 Cineworld

Planned locations[edit]

Site Screens Notes
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.[21]
Keighley 8 Opening 2014.
Macclesfield 8 Opening 2016.
Newport - Friars Walk 8 Opening 2015.
Oswestry 5 Opening 2015.
Ruislip 10 Opening 2014.
Swindon - Regent Circus 6 As part of the Regent Circus plans. Opening 2014.
Telford 11 As part of the Southwater development. Opening 2014.
Trowbridge 8 Opening 2015.
Whiteley 9 Opening May 2015

Former locations[edit]

Site Screens Origin Notes
BirminghamGreat 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"
GloucesterPeel 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Preliminary Results for year ended 31 December 2013". Cineworld. Retrieved 25 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Cineworld PLC | The Market
  3. ^ Cineworld PLC | Company Overview
  4. ^ Cineworld PLC | About Us
  5. ^ "Blackstone Completes Sale of Remaining Stake in Cineworld". Press release. The Blackstone Group. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Simon Neville. "Curzon and Everyman cinema staff on zero-hours contracts | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  7. ^ Spanier, Gideon. "Backers pile pay pressure on Cineworld over Brixton Ritzy row". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
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  10. ^ this cinema. "Starbucks at Cineworld | Cineworld Cinemas". Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  11. ^ "Sneak peek at Cheltenham cinema's luxury Screening Rooms". This is Gloucestershire. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  12. ^ "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." 
  13. ^ Sethi, Anita (20 February 2008). "My mission to beat the great cinema food rip-off ...". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 9 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "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." 
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  18. ^ "Cineworld Cinemas: Unlimited Card Discounts". 
  19. ^ Cineworld to operate O2 multiplex | Digital Look
  20. ^ "BBC News - St Neots Cineworld cinema opens after building blunder". 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-06-25. 
  21. ^ "Work on Hinckley's £80m revamp to start next year". BBC News. 10 October 2013. 

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