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Cineworld Group plc
Public company
Traded as LSECINE
Industry Leisure, Entertainment & Refreshments
Founded 1995
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Key people
Anthony Bloom
Moshe "Mooky" Greidinger
(Chief Executive)
Revenue £797.8 million (2016)[1]
£112.8 million (2016)[1]
£82.0 million (2016)[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 company was established by Steve Wiener, an American, with the support of private equity funds in 1995.[8] He opened the first Cineworld in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in July 1996;[9] the second, in a purpose-built location in Wakefield, Yorkshire, followed in December 1996,[10] with Shrewsbury, Shropshire, following in December 1998.[11] After opening more sites over the next few years, Cineworld also took over the UK and Ireland operations of French cinema company UGC in 2005.[12]

The Blackstone Group, which had invested invested in Cineworld when it was privately owned, sold its entire remaining 20% shareholding in November 2010.[13] In August 2013, The Guardian revealed that Cineworld employs 80% of its 4,300 staff on zero hour contracts.[14] In October 2013, the Chester location was closed due to the landowner wanting to develop the land into a supermarket.[15]

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.[16] On 27 February 2014 Cineworld completed the takeover of Cinema City International N.V..[17] 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 enlarged company.[18]


Sites are gradually being upgraded such that they have IMAX screens and D-Box technology. The Milton Keynes cinema has acquired both a "Superscreen" and a 4DX screen. Cineworld intends to roll out further "Superscreen" and 4DX screens to other sites in the future.[19]

Cineworld has begun 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.[20][21]

Cineworld was the only cinema chain in the United Kingdom to operate a 'strict no food and drink policy'[22] on items that have been bought elsewhere,[21] but in November 2012 the food policy was changed and now states that "neither alcohol nor hot food may be brought onto the premises".[23]

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.[24] The move was controversial and a Twitter campaign was created against this policy.[25] Cineworld have responded to the criticism stating that it gives customers peace of mind along with other benefits.[26]

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.[27]

Current locations in the UK and Ireland[edit]

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.[28]

Bedford 6 UGC
BirminghamBroad Street 12 UGC IMAX, 4DX
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 Pix'n'Mix, Starbucks Coffee
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
Didcot 5 Cineworld
Didsbury 11 UGC D-Box
Dublin 17 UGC IMAX, Baskin Robbins
Dundee 9 UGC Baskin Robbins
Eastbourne 6 UGC To close and move to a new site in Eastbourne town centre 2018/19
Edinburgh 13 UGC IMAX, Starbucks Coffee
Ely, Cambridgeshire 6 Cineworld Opened May 2017
Falkirk 12 Cineworld Starbucks Coffee
GlasgowIMAX at GSC 1 Cineworld IMAX, Starbucks Coffee
GlasgowParkhead 7 UGC
GlasgowRenfrew Street 18 UGC Baskin Robbins 4DX VIP Superscreen Starbucks Coffee
GlasgowSilverburn Centre 14 Cineworld Superscreen, Starbucks Coffee, Baskin Robbins – Opened 26 June 2015
Gloucester 10 Cineworld
Hanley, Staffordshire 9 Cineworld
Harlow - Queensgate 6 UGC
Harlow – Harvey Centre 6 Cineworld Opened 9 December 2016.
Haverhill 5 Cineworld
Hemel Hempstead 17 Empire IMAX, 2 Superscreen (one rebranded from IMPACT Blue), Baskin Robbins, (Starbucks Coffee 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, 4DX, Starbucks Coffee
Isle of Wight 11 Cineworld
Jersey 10 Cineworld
Leigh 7 Cineworld
Llandudno 9 Cineworld
London – Bexleyheath 9 Cineworld
London – Enfield 15 UGC IMAX, Starbucks Coffee
London – Feltham 14 Cineworld Baskin Robbins, Pick & Mix, [D-Box]
London – Fulham Road 6 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 introduced 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
Newcastle-upon-Tyne 16 Empire Purchased from Empire Cinemas in June 2017[29]
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

Current locations outside the UK and Ireland[edit]

Country Site Screens (#) Origin
Bulgaria Burgas 10 Cinema City
Bulgaria Plovdiv 11 Cinema City
Bulgaria Rousse 10 Cinema City
Bulgaria Sofia 13 Cinema City
Bulgaria Stara Zagora 7 Cinema City
Bulgaria Paradise Center 14 Cinema City
Czech Republic Prague - Flora 9 Cinema City
Czech Republic Prague - Galaxie 9 Cinema City
Czech Republic Prague - Letnany 12 Cinema City
Czech Republic Prague - Novy Smichov 12 Cinema City
Czech Republic Prague - Slovansky Dum 10 Cinema City
Czech Republic Prague - Zlicin 10 Cinema City
Czech Republic Brno - Olympia 10 Cinema City
Czech Republic Brno - Velky Spalicek 7 Cinema City
Czech Republic Liberec 5 Cinema City
Czech Republic Ostrava 8 Cinema City
Czech Republic Pardubice 8 Cinema City
Czech Republic Pizen Cinema City
Czech Republic Usti nad Labem Cinema City
Hungary Budapest - Allee Cinema City
Hungary Budapest - Arena Cinema City
Hungary Budapest - Campona Cinema City
Hungary Budapest - Duna Plaza Cinema City
Hungary Budapest - Westend Cinema City
Hungary Alba Cinema City
Hungary Balaton Cinema City
Hungary Debrecen Cinema City
Hungary Győr Cinema City
Hungary Kaposvár Cinema City
Hungary Miskolc Cinema City
Hungary Nyíregyháza Cinema City
Hungary Pécs Cinema City
Hungary Savaria Cinema City
Hungary Sopron Cinema City
Hungary Szeged Cinema City
Hungary Szolnok Cinema City
Hungary Zalaegerszeg Cinema City
Israel Ayalon 15 Yes Planet
Israel Haifa 23 Yes Planet
Israel Jerusalem 26 Yes Planet
Israel Rishon Lezion 16 Yes Planet
Israel Beer Sheva 18 Yes Planet
Israel Herzliya Rav-Hen
Israel Givatayim Rav-Hen
Israel Azrieli Modi'in Rav-Hen
Israel Kiryat Ono Rav-Hen
Israel Dizengoff Rav-Hen
Poland Warsaw - Arkadia 15 Cinema City
Poland Warsaw - Bemowo 11 Cinema City
Poland Warsaw - Janki 10 Cinema City
Poland Warsaw - Galeria Mokotow 14 Cinema City
Poland Warsaw - Promenada 13 Cinema City
Poland Warsaw - Sadyba 12 Cinema City
Poland Krakow - Bonarka 20 Cinema City
Poland Krakow - Galeria Kazimierz 10 Cinema City
Poland Krakow - Galeria Plaza 9 Cinema City
Poland Krakow - Zakopianka 10 Cinema City
Poland Poznan - Kinepolis 18 Cinema City
Poland Poznan - Plaza 9 Cinema City
Poland Katowice - Punkt 44 13 Cinema City
Poland Katowice - Silesia 13 Cinema City
Poland Lublin - Plaza 8 Cinema City
Poland Lublin - Felicity 9 Cinema City
Poland Czestochowa - Galeria Jurajska 8 Cinema City
Poland Czestochowa - Wolnosc 8 Cinema City
Poland Torun - Czerwona Droga 12 Cinema City
Poland Torun - Plaza 8 Cinema City
Poland Bielsko-Biala 10 Cinema City
Poland Bydgoszcz 13 Cinema City
Poland Bytom 8 Cinema City
Poland Gdansk Krewetka 8 Cinema City
Poland Gliwice 13 Cinema City
Poland Lodz Manufaktura 14 Cinema City
Poland Ruda Slaska 8 Cinema City
Poland Rybnik 8 Cinema City
Poland Sosnowiec 6 Cinema City
Poland Starogard Gdanski 6 Cinema City
Poland Walbrzych 7 Cinema City
Poland Wroclaw Korona 9 Cinema City
Poland Zielona Gora 9 Cinema City
Romania Arad Atrium 8 Cinema City
Romania Bacău 8 Cinema City
Romania Baia Mare 6 Cinema City
Romania Brăila 10 Cinema City
Romania București AFI 21 Cinema City
Romania București Sun Plaza 15 Cinema City
Romania Mega Mall 14 Cinema City
Romania Parklake 14 Cinema City
Romania Cluj Iulius 10 Cinema City
Romania Cluj Polus 8 Cinema City
Romania Constanța Maritimo Cinema City
Romania Constanța City Park 10 Cinema City
Romania Deva 6 Cinema City
Romania Drobeta-Turnu Severin Cinema City
Romania Iași Cinema City
Romania Pitești 6 Cinema City
Romania Ploiești Shopping City 12 Cinema City
Romania Ploiești AFI 6 Cinema City
Romania Piatra-Neamț 6 Cinema City
Romania Suceava 8 Cinema City
Romania Târgu Jiu 6 Cinema City
Romania Târgu Mureș 8 Cinema City
Romania Timișoara 7 Cinema City
Romania Timișoara Shopping City 13 Cinema City
Slovakia Bratislava - Aupark Cinema City
Slovakia Bratislava - Eurovea Cinema City
Slovakia Bratislava - Polus Cinema City

Planned locations[edit]

Site Screens (#) Notes
Dover 6 screens Opening Late Winter 2017, as part of The St James Development in Dover, Kent.[30]
Barnsley 13 inc. IMAX Opening as part of The Glassworks. Opening 2020 [31]
Bracknell 12 inc. IMAX Opening September 2017, as part of The Lexicon.[32]
Colchester 12 inc. IMAX IMAX and 4DX. Part of Northern Gateway leisure park. Opening 2018
Keighley 8 As part of Worth Valley Shopping Centre. Opening date unknown
LeedsWhite Rose Centre 11 inc. IMAX Opening 2017
Macclesfield 9 Opening date unknown
Plymouth 12 inc. IMAX Opening mid-2018
South Ruislip 11 Opening July 2017.
Rushden 15 Part of the Rushden Lakes development. Opening 2018/19.
Speke - New Mersey Retail Park 11 Opening Summer 2018. Part of Retail Park expansion plans
Trowbridge 8 Planned opening of 2016 however work appears to have stopped and the land is back on the market.[33]
Watford 9 inc. IMAX Opening September 2018 as part of Charter Place redevelopment.
Eastbourne 9 Eastbourne Arndale Centre redevelopment Opening late 2018 early 2019

Former locations[edit]

Site Screens Origin Notes
BirminghamArcadian 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 14 July 2016
London – Chelsea 4 UGC Closed 9 March 2017
London – Hammersmith 4 UGC Closed April 2016
London – Haymarket 3 UGC Sold to Empire Cinemas as part of the acquisition of five cinemas in July 2016. Opened as an Empire Cinema 7 April 2017.
London – Shaftesbury Avenue 7 UGC Closed 21 September 2014. Re-opened under Cineworld's Picturehouse Cinemas brand in spring 2015.[34]
London – Staples Corner 6 UGC Closed 15 August 2016[35]
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]


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  2. ^ Cineworld 2000 Screens Milestone
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  4. ^ Cinemas – Global City Holdings
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  7. ^ "Cineworld Group plc – About us". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
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  10. ^ "Cineworld Cinema - Wakefield". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Cineworld Cinema - Shrewsbury". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Cineworld clear to buy exhib UGC". Variety. 28 October 2005. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  13. ^ "Blackstone closes the curtains on its interests in Cineworld". The Times. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
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  16. ^ Spanier, Gideon. "Backers pile pay pressure on Cineworld over Brixton Ritzy row". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 24 June 2014. 
  17. ^ "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. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ "Cineworld launches the UK's first 4DX cinema this weekend: Here's what to expect". City AM. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  20. ^ "Sneak peek at Cheltenham cinema's luxury Screening Rooms". This is Gloucestershire. 
  21. ^ a b Sethi, Anita (20 February 2008). "My mission to beat the great cinema food rip-off". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "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. 
  23. ^ "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. 
  24. ^ "Allocated seating is now available at your local Cineworld". Cineworld. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
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  28. ^ "IT'S A WRAP". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
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  33. ^ "Concerns for future of Innox Riverside development as site goes up for sale". The Wiltshire Times. 12 June 2015. 
  34. ^ "Cineworld London – Shaftesbury Avenue West-End to become Picturehouse Central". Cineworld. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  35. ^ "London - Staples Corner - CLOSED". Cineworld. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 

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