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Cineworld Group plc
Public company
Traded as LSECINE
Industry Entertainment, movies
Founded 1995
Headquarters London, England
Key people
Anthony Bloom
Moshe Greidinger
(Chief Executive)
Israel Greidinger
(Deputy Chief Executive)
Revenue Increase £890.7 million (2017)[1]
Increase £128.2 million (2017)[1]
Increase £100.6 million (2017)[1]
Subsidiaries Cineworld Cinemas
Cinema City International
Picturehouse Cinemas
Digital Cinema Media (50%)
Regal Entertainment Group

Cineworld Group plc is the world’s second largest cinema chain, with 9,538 screens[2] across 793 sites[3] in 10 countries:[4] the US, the UK, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Israel, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Slovakia. The group’s primary brands are Regal[5] (in the US), Cineworld and Picturehouse (in the UK & Ireland), Cinema City (throughout Europe) and Yes Planet (throughout Israel). Cineworld is currently the leading cinema operator in the UK by box office market share (based on revenue),[6] with 99 cinemas and over 1017 screens,[7] including Ireland’s single largest multiplex by screens and customer base.[8] Cineworld Glasgow Renfrew Street is the tallest cinema in the world and the busiest, by customer base, in the UK.[9] The Cineworld site with the greatest number of screens is located at Valley Centertainment in Sheffield, which has 20.[10] 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 Leicester Square, London
Cineworld in Leeds

Cineworld was established by Steve Wiener, an American, with the support of private equity funds in 1995.[11] He opened the first Cineworld in Stevenage, Hertfordshire in July 1996;[12] the second, in a purpose-built location in Wakefield, Yorkshire, followed in December 1996,[13] with Shrewsbury, Shropshire, following in December 1998.[14] 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.[15]

In December 2012, Cineworld acquired the Picturehouse Cinema chain, adding 21 cinemas to its portfolio, including The Little Theatre in Bath, Brighton’s Duke of York’s cinema, the Cameo, Edinburgh, the Phoenix in Oxford and the Ritzy Cinema in Brixton.

The Blackstone Group, which had invested in Cineworld when it was privately owned, sold its entire remaining 20% shareholding in November 2010.[16] In August 2013, The Guardian revealed that Cineworld employs 80% of its 4,300 staff on zero hour contracts.[17] In October 2013, the Chester location was closed due to the landowner wanting to develop the land into a supermarket.[18]

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.[19] On 27 February 2014 Cineworld completed the takeover of Cinema City International N.V..[20] 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.[21]

In 2015, Picturehouse unveiled their new West End flagship site, ‘Picturehouse Central’,[22] a 1,000 seat, seven-screen cinema on Shaftesbury Avenue near Piccadilly Circus in central London. In August 2016 Cineworld acquired six cinemas[23] from Empire Cinemas, including the Empire Theatre in London's West End, and 4 other locations in Basildon, Poole, Bromley and Hemel Hempstead. Empire Newcastle was also acquired by Cineworld[24] the following year.

In November 2017, Cineworld began merger talks with the US theater chain Regal Entertainment Group.[25] On 5 December, it was officially announced that Cineworld would buy Regal for $3.6 (£2.7) billion dollars. This will create the world's second largest cinema group. It will also allow Cineworld access to the US market, which has the largest box office market in the world.[26][27]


According to the company's 2017 Annual Report, Cineworld aims to be ‘the best place to watch a movie’[28] by providing their customers with a choice of how to experience movies, with the latest audio and visual technology and a range of retail offerings, including 29 Starbucks outlets[29] across the UK.

Across the Cineworld estate there are seven different ways in which their customers can watch a movie: 2D, 3D, 4DX,[30] IMAX, Superscreen[31], ScreenX[32] and VIP[33]. Prices are set according to the format the customer chooses, and not the movie they choose. As of April 2018, across the European estate there are 38 4DX screens, 35 IMAX screens and 12 VIP auditoriums.[34] Out of 45 cinemas[35] in the world that are fitted with IMAX with Laser projection systems, two are in the UK, both belonging to Cineworld, located in Leicester Square[36] and Sheffield.[37] In April 2018, IMAX and Cineworld Group signed an agreement to install 55 new IMAX with Laser experience in Cineworld and Regal IMAX locations.[38]

Cineworld was the only cinema chain in the United Kingdom to operate a 'strict no food and drink policy'[39] on items that have been bought elsewhere,[40] but in November 2012 the food policy was changed and now states that "neither alcohol nor hot food may be brought onto the premises".[41] 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.[42] The move was controversial and a Twitter campaign was created against this policy.[43] Cineworld have responded to the criticism stating that it gives customers peace of mind along with other benefits.[44]

Cineworld continues to expand and enhance their estate, with an extensive ongoing build and refurbishment programme. In 2017, the company opened nine new cinema locations with a total of 109 screens; four of which were in the UK and five in the rest of Europe. A further 75 screens are scheduled to open in 2018 in addition.[45] In April 2018, the Leicester Square location celebrated its grand opening after being fully refurbished. The cinema’s interior was transformed and 4DX technology was installed[46]. Today, the Leicester Square location features Superscreen & IMAX with Laser, along with 4DX. Cineworld Leicester Square is home to a number of red carpet premieres, including Kingsman 2[47], Rampage[48] and Ocean’s 8[49].



Considered one of the biggest innovations within cinema[50], 4DX is a movie experience that stimulates all of the viewer’s senses with everything from high tech motion seats to special effects mimicking fog, wind, lightning, rain, scents and more. The 4DX elements work in synchrony with the action in the movie, creating a unique cinema experience[51]. Currently, Cineworld has 20 4DX auditoriums across UK and Ireland.


ScreenX is an immersive cinema experience that extends the auditorium screens to feature a 270 degree viewing of movies[52]. This panoramic view provides cinema goers with an experience that can be described as having the movie unfold around you[53]. In the UK, Cineworld has three locations with the ScreenX technology installed[54], with more to come in 2018[55].


Ceiling-high and wall-to-wall, Cineworld’s Superscreen offers enhanced imagery and amplified digital sound systems. Additionally, Cineworld’s Superscreen auditoriums are fitted with dual 4K projectors for optimal clarity, Dolby Atmos multidimensional sound[56] and Italian leather seats.



Cineworld’s subscription service, Unlimited, was the first of its kind in the UK[57]. Unlimited is also the largest cinema subscription service in the UK and Ireland, where it has been running for more than ten years[58]. As an Unlimited member, the customer receives benefits such as unlimited films for a fixed monthly price, savings on snacks and drinks, access to advance screenings and more[59].

To celebrate its Unlimited subscription service, Cineworld launched the Unlimited Movie Tour, a pop-up experience which ran for five days in June 2018. The Unlimited movie tour bus, fitted with a cinema screen, cinema chairs, a pick’n’mix counter and a popcorn machine, drove by dozens of iconic film locations around London accompanied by a tour guide[60]. The Unlimited Movie Tour ended with a special screening at Cineworld Leicester Square[61].    


VIP is Cineworld’s exclusive cinema offering, including extra comforts such as reclining cinema seats, private lounge area, complementary dining, unlimited snacks and soft drinks[62]. Cineworld currently has 2 VIP auditoriums in the UK, located in Sheffield and Glasgow, with more to come in 2019.

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