Cinemas in the U.K.
This site lists all open cinemas in the United Kingdom as far as known, in most cases with the number of auditoria, seating capacities and a Web link for the cinema or the group it belongs to. To qualify for inclusion the venue must have full cinema-standard digital projection and/or 35mm in use. Where a venue is only part-time on films this is indicated.
Also noted are announced new cinemas or extra auditoria where the plans are thought to be firm, in particular that planning permission has been granted if needed. Where a cinema has closed or been modified the information is kept on the list for a year then deleted.
Cinema Circuit Links
AMC UK Web Site American company
with small number of UK sites (
AMC U.S. parent site)
Cineworld Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema.
Curzon Small group originally focussed on the London area but by 2013 acquiring sites in other parts of Britain.
Empire Cinemas Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema
Everyman Listed on London AIM market from November 2013. Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema
Light Cinemas Launched on the continent in 2008 the group now have a list of a number of UK sites under development.
Movie House Cinemas Includes photograph of each cinema.
Odeon Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema, with photographs.
Omniplex is based in the Irish Republic and runs a number of venues in Northern Ireland
Picturehouse Owned by Cineworld but separately named & managed. Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema, with photographs.
Scott Cinemas Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema.
Showcase (American owners National Amusements)
Silver Screen Cinemas
Vue Cinemas Includes information about each auditorium at each cinema.
West Coast Cinemas Scotland
Other Cinema Links
American Widescreen Museum is devoted in particular to the
various widescreen and large format processes of the past but also covers other technical matters of exhibition.
The A-Z of Projection is a Wiki allowing experts to explain terms used in cinema exhibition, especially projection.
BKSTS, the Moving Image Society, has as its memebership people in the UK working in the cinema industry,including exhibition.
Brighton Cinema History is a very full background to the city's cinemas over the years.
The British Board of Film Classification Web site explains the UK film classification system and with the aid of the new (2013) Insight service the reasons for the certificate given to all submitted films.
The British Film Institute runs the National Film Theatre and publishes an annual Film Handbook on which this list was originally based when it was first put on the Web in the summer of 1995.
Cinema Exhibitors' Association is the body representing a large number of both circuit and independent UK cinemas; a range of statistics on cinemas can be found under 'Facts and Figures'.
The Cinema Theatre Association is involved in all aspects of cinema buildings past and present. This list of cinemas is provided with their support and their bi-monthly Bulletin giving details of openings and closings is one of the main sources of new information.
CinemaTour is a photographic record of cinemas worldwide with locations and historic details.
Cinema Treasures is an American site with details on individual cinemas, past and present, throughout the world including over 3,200 in Britain.
Digital Cinema Media is the joint Odeon-Cineworld cinema advertising company established in 2008.
Dusashenka's Cinema Photos mostly in Britain, on the Flickr site.
English Heritage have a large number of cinema photographs, often from the 1930s, in their Picture Gallery. Select View Picture Gallery and type cinema as the search item.
Event Cinema Association promotes 'event' cinema presentations on behalf of distributors and exhibitors and helps raise public awareness.
Film Distributors Association UK distributors site with release schedule, description of what distributors do, & links to them.
Guardian Film covers all aspects of movies including exhibition.
Odeon/UCI General and financial information on the company, including European activities.
Odeon Cavalcade is a collection of 1960's views of Odeon theatres, mostly in evocative black-and-white.
Pearl and Dean is one of the two major companies selling screen advertising and the site also contains other information about exhibition.
Projected Picture Trust are involved in preserving cinema projection equipment.
Scotland's Surviving Cinemas, records details of as many of Scotland's cinemas as survive today, including pictures and news.
Subtitles is involved in promoting subtitled cinema presentation for the hard of hearing.
Notes and Caveats
This list was introduced in 1995, the early days of the World Wide Web, and is updated from a number of sources including my own observations, heplful emails, and items in the CTA Bulletin. I would very much like to thank everyone who sends corrections and updates.
There is no financial remuneration in any form involved with collating and providing this information. This is a spare time activity and the lists are in no way official. Every care should be taken in their use, and they should be checked against official data if any decision rests on the information.
This list is administered by Jeremy Perkins on behalf of the
Cinema Theatre Association.
Any corrections or additions can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated 26th February 2015.