Picturehouse Cinemas

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Picturehouse Cinemas
Industry Leisure, Entertainment & Refreshments
Founded 1989
Founder Lyn Goleby/Tony Jones
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Number of locations
Area served
United Kingdom
Parent Cineworld
Website www.picturehouses.co.uk

Picturehouse Cinemas is a network of cinemas in the United Kingdom, operated by Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd[1] and owned by Cineworld.[2] From 2010 until 2017 the company also ran its own film distribution company, Picturehouse Entertainment.[3] This was sold to Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire and rebranded Trafalgar Releasing[4]

The first cinema, Phoenix Picturehouse, opened in Oxford in 1989, but many of the others in the chain operated independently before then:[5] the Duke of York's Picture House in Brighton, for example, opened in 1910 and is Britain's longest continually operating cinema.

Industrial action[edit]

In 2014 Cineworld was subject to industrial action owing to its refusal to pay the London Living Wage to its staff.[6] Started by workers at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton the resulting Ritzy Living Wage campaign attracted the support of Eric Cantona[7] and Terry Jones.[8]

Industrial action resumed in October 2016 over the issue of the London Living Wage, and as of March 2017 has spread to five Picturehouse cinemas, making it the biggest strike action ever by cinema workers in the UK.[9]


  1. ^ Picture House Corporate site Linked 2013-08-23
  2. ^ "Cineworld buys Picturehouse in cinema chain takeover". BBC. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Picturehouse Entertainment: About Picturehouse Entertainment Linked 2013-08-23
  4. ^ "UK distributor Trafalgar Releasing reveals structure and growth plan". Screen. Retrieved 2017-11-18. 
  5. ^ White, Debbie (January 24, 2013). "Jericho cinema to mark centenary". The Oxford Times. p. 29. 
  6. ^ "Cinema staff go on strike over London Living Wage". BBC News. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Rucki, Alexandra (10 June 2014). "Eric Cantona lends support to Ritzy Living Wage campaign". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Lusher, Adam (20 July 2014). "Nudge, nudge: Python supports ushers striking for the living wage". The Independent. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2017/03/06/brighton-cinema-staff-vote-to-strike-in-living-wage-row/

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