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|Industry||Leisure, Entertainment & Refreshments|
|Headquarters||London, England, UK|
Number of locations
Picturehouse Cinemas is a network of cinemas in the United Kingdom, operated by Picturehouse Cinemas Ltd and owned by Cineworld. 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 and will release upcoming films Custody 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 Trafalgar Releasing.
The first cinema, Phoenix Picturehouse, opened in Oxford in 1989, but many of the others in the chain operated independently before then: the Duke of York's Picture House in Brighton, for example, opened in 1910 and is Britain's longest continually operating cinema.
|Bath||Little Theatre Cinema||2|
|Bradford||Picturehouse at the Science + Media Museum||3||Includes the first IMAX screen in Europe|
|Brighton||Duke of York's||1|
|Brighton||Duke's at Komedia||2|
|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|
|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|
|Ealing – Uxbridge Road||TBC – Filmworks||8||2019||Announced July 2014|
|West Norwood – Nettlefold Hall||West Norwood Picturehouse||4||2018||Announced March 2016|
|Chester – Northgate Development||Chester Picturehouse||6||2019||Announced August 2016|
In 2014, Cineworld was subject to industrial action owing to its refusal to pay the London living wage to its staff. Started by workers at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton the resulting Ritzy Living Wage campaign attracted the support of Eric Cantona and Terry Jones.
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. 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.
Strikes continued into 2018, while Picturehouse state that they are one of the highest payers in the UK cinema industry.
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