Curzon Cinemas

Curzon Cinemas are a chain of cinemas based in the United Kingdom, mostly in London, specialising in art house films. They also have a video on demand service, Curzon Home Cinema.

Curzon Cinemas Limited
IndustryLeisure, Entertainment & refreshments
Founded1934
Number of locations
12 cinemas
ProductsTickets, popcorn, alcohol, drinks & confectionery
ParentCurzon (Cohen Media Group)[1]
Websitewww.curzoncinemas.com

HistoryEdit

Curzon Cinemas were established in 1934 when Harold Wingate, who imported unknown films during the post World War I period, opened the first cinema in Mayfair. The second location, Curzon Bloomsbury, opened in 1972. In 1976 Curzon Artificial Eye, the film distribution company was launched.

On 23 December 2019, American-based Cohen Media Group acquired Curzon Cinemas, including Curzon Artificial Eye.[1]

In March 2020, Curzon Cinemas and all other public cinemas in the UK closed until summer 2020 due to a national lockdown in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[2]

LocationsEdit

The Renoir, Bloomsbury

Curzon Cinemas currently have 12 cinema complexes throughout the United Kingdom.[3]

Location Screens Notes
Aldgate 4 Opened January 2017
Bloomsbury 6 "The Renoir" Acquired March 2015[4]
Canterbury 3
Colchester 3 Opened 6 July 2018
Knutsford 1
Mayfair 2 First Curzon from 1934
Oxford 5 Opened Autumn 2017
Richmond 1
Ripon 2 Opened Autumn 2013[5][6]
Sheffield 3 Opened 9 January 2015
Soho 3
Victoria 5 Opened May 2014

Franchised locationsEdit

Curzon Cinemas have also franchised their name and operate in partnership with a number of other locations.[7]

Location Partner's name Number of screens Notes
South Bank Curzon Sea Containers 1 Previously Curzon Mondrian, renamed in January 2019 in line with rebrand of Sea Containers Hotel[8][9]
Wimbledon hmvcurzon 3 Joint venture with HMV[10]

Future locationsEdit

Curzon intends to open three more cinemas in Greater London in 2019: Hoxton, East Finchley and Kingston.[11] It also plans to reopen its Chelsea cinema (which was closed in May 2018) in 2022 after the site is redeveloped by Cadogan Estates.[12]

Related companiesEdit

Curzon Artificial Eye is a sister company of Curzon Cinemas.[13] They cover acquisition, production and distribution rights to films across the UK and Ireland.

Curzon Home Cinema,[7] a video on demand service

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Andreas Wiseman (23 December 2019). "Curzon Cinemas & Artificial Eye, UK's Flagship Arthouse Film Group, Acquired By Cohen Media Group". Deadline. Retrieved 21 April 2020.
  2. ^ Knatchbull, Philip (13 May 2020). "Our Cinemas Are Currently Closed". Curzon. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Curzon Cinemas". Curzon World. Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Renoir to Curzon Bloomsbury: a rebranding too far".
  5. ^ Connor, Laura (30 April 2013). "Independent London cinema chain to run the Ripon cinema project". Ripon Gazette. Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Ripon Cinema to be run by independent chain". Yorkshire Business Daily. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Home".
  8. ^ Sea Containers London https://www.seacontainerslondon.com. Retrieved 26 July 2019. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ http://www.curzonseacontainers.com
  10. ^ "hmvcurzon Wimbledon Information".
  11. ^ https://www.screendaily.com/news/curzon-to-take-over-londons-phoenix-cinema/5132816.article
  12. ^ https://www.curzoncinemas.com/curzon-chelsea-will-return
  13. ^ "Curzon Artificial Eye".

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