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Picturehouse Cinemas

Picturehouse Cinemas
IndustryLeisure, Entertainment & Refreshments
  • Lyn Goleby/Tony Jones
HeadquartersLondon, England, UK
Number of locations
Area served
United Kingdom
Key people
  • Renana Teperberg
    (Joint managing director)
  • Clare Binns
    (Joint managing director)

Picturehouse Cinemas is a network of cinemas in the United Kingdom, operated by Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd[1] and owned by Cineworld.[2] The company runs its own film distribution arm, Picturehouse Entertainment, which has released acclaimed films such as David Lowery's A Ghost Story, Sally Potter's The Party and Francis Lee's God's Own Country, Custody, Capernaum and The Wife. A previous iteration of this distribution arm, which focused largely on alternative content, was sold in 2017 to Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire and rebranded as Trafalgar Releasing.[3]

The first cinema in the chain, Phoenix Picturehouse, opened in Oxford in 1989, but many of the others operated independently before then:[4] the Duke of York's Picture House in Brighton, for example, opened in 1910 and is Britain's longest continually operating cinema.



The original Phoenix Picturehouse in Oxford.[5]
Location Name Screens Notes
Ashford Ashford Picturehouse 6 Home to the UK’s first laser projector.
Bath Little Theatre Cinema 2
Bradford Picturehouse at the Science + Media Museum[6] 3 Includes the first IMAX screen in Europe
Brighton Duke of York's 1
Brighton Duke's at Komedia 2
Cambridge Arts Picturehouse 3
Edinburgh Cameo 3
Exeter Exeter Picturehouse 2
Henley-on-Thames Regal 3
Liverpool Picturehouse at FACT 4
London – Brixton Ritzy 5
London – Clapham Clapham Picturehouse 4
London – West Norwood West Norwood Picturehouse 4
London – Crouch End Crouch End Picturehouse 5
London – East Dulwich East Dulwich Picturehouse and Café 3
London – Greenwich Greenwich Picturehouse 5
London – Hackney Central Hackney Picturehouse 6
London – Notting Hill The Gate 1
London – Piccadilly Picturehouse Central 7 Host venue for Sundance London Film Festival
London – Stratford Stratford Picturehouse 4
Norwich Cinema City 3
Oxford Phoenix 2
Southampton Harbour Lights 2
Stratford-Upon-Avon Stratford-Upon-Avon 2
York City Screen 4


Location Name Screens Notes
Aberdeen The Belmont Picturehouse 3 Sold in 2014 to the Centre for the Moving Image
Bury St Edmunds The Abbeygate Picturehouse 2 Sold June 2014 to Abbeygate Cinemas[7]


Location Name Screens Opening Notes
Ealing – Uxbridge Road TBC – Filmworks 8 2019 Announced July 2014[8]
Chester – Northgate Development Chester Picturehouse 6 2019 Announced August 2016
London - Fulham Road Picturehouse Fulham Road 6 November 2019 Taking over current Cineworld site

Industrial action

In 2014, Cineworld was subject to industrial action owing to its refusal to pay the London living wage to its staff.[9] Started by workers at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton the resulting Ritzy Living Wage campaign attracted the support of Eric Cantona[10] and Terry Jones.[11]

Industrial action resumed in October 2016 over the issue of the Living Wage, as well as recognition of the theatre union BECTU, parental pay and sick pay, and has spread to six Picturehouse cinemas, making it the biggest strike action ever by cinema workers in the UK.[12][13] Staff at the Ritzy Cinema are represented by BECTU while other cinemas are represented by the Picturehouse Staff Forum, a company union set up by management in 2003 and later run by Picturehouse staff.[14]

Strikes continued into 2018, while Picturehouse state that they are one of the highest payers in the UK cinema industry.[15]


  1. ^ Picture House Corporate site Linked 23 August 2013
  2. ^ "Cineworld buys Picturehouse in cinema chain takeover". BBC. 6 December 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  3. ^ "UK distributor Trafalgar Releasing reveals structure and growth plan". Screen. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  4. ^ White, Debbie (24 January 2013). "Jericho cinema to mark centenary". The Oxford Times. p. 29.
  5. ^ "Cine-files: The Phoenix Picturehouse, Oxford". The Guardian. 23 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Cinema chain takes over operation of National Media Museum's three screens". 29 September 2014. Retrieved 2 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Bury St Edmunds Picturehouse Cinema sold after competition ruling". BBC News. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  8. ^ "Ealing Filmworks". Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Cinema staff go on strike over London Living Wage". BBC News. 22 June 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  10. ^ Rucki, Alexandra (10 June 2014). "Eric Cantona lends support to Ritzy Living Wage campaign". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  11. ^ Lusher, Adam (20 July 2014). "Nudge, nudge: Python supports ushers striking for the living wage". The Independent. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
  12. ^ picturehouseworkers, Author (18 September 2017). "Picturehouse Strikes 2016-". Picturehouse Workers' Blog. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  13. ^ Smith, Mark D. "Picturehouse dispute: how far will Nero go?". Counterfire. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  14. ^ picturehouseworkers, Author (16 July 2017). "2003: Staff Forum or Trade Union?". Picturehouse Workers' Blog. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Pay at Picturehouse". Picturehouses.

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