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 and seating capacities. There is also a Web link for the cinema or the group it belongs to which will give details of how best to contact the cinema.
Also noted are announced new cinemas or extra auditoria where the plans are thought to be firm. 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)
Apollo In May 2012 the group agreed a takeover with Vue cinemas; by March 2013 most of the cinemas had been moved to the Vue Web site and this Apollo site is now almost empty. [Four cinemas (Burnley, Fareham, Morecambe and Port Talbot) were on-sold to Reel due to competition considerations.]
Cineworld Includes full information about each auditorium at each cinema. See also Picturehouse.
Empire Cinemas Includes full information about each auditorium at each cinema
Movie House Cinemas
Odeon Includes full information about each auditorium at each cinema.
Omniplex is based in the Irish Republic and runs a number of venues in Northern Ireland
Picturehouse Purchased by Cineworld 6th December 2012; chain to remain separately named & managed.
Reel Cinemas See also Apollo above.
Showcase (American owners National Amusements)
Silver Screen Cinemas
Vue Cinemas Includes full information about each auditorium at each cinema. See also Apollo above.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Last updated 11th April 2013.