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Our History

Formed in 1989 to challenge the multiplex model, Picturehouse Cinemas own and operate 22 cinemas and programme a further 42 venues across the UK.

Picturehouse Cinemas are located in city centres and are architecturally unique venues that provide café bars, restaurants and live events alongside the traditional moviegoing experience. Their programmes encompass quality mainstream, family, art-house, independent, foreign-language and documentary films.

Picturehouse Cinemas were a pioneer of live satellite cine-casts in the UK, bringing non-film content such as Q&As and talks, concerts, art exhibitions, the New York Met Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet to community cinema screens.

Picturehouse Cinemas have a distribution arm, Picturehouse Entertainment, which distributes both feature films and alternative content to cinemas in the UK and internationally.

Since its launch in 2010, Picturehouse Entertainment has distributed an eclectic range of theatrical releases, including BAFTA winner The Imposter, Shane Meadows’ The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone, Ben Wheatley’s simultaneous multi-platform release A Field In England, the award-winning docudrama 20,000 Days On Earth featuring Nick Cave, Sundance Audience Award winner Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story Of Dream Alliance, and The Connection starring Jean Dujardin.

Picturehouse Entertainment is also the distributor of seasons from the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bolshoi Ballet, and one-off events such as the V&A’s David Bowie is happening now and Monty Python Live (mostly), beamed from the O2 to more than 570 cinemas in the UK and 2,000 worldwide. Picturehouse Entertainment will be releasing Roger Waters The Wall on 29 September 2015.

Picturehouse Cinemas and Picturehouse Entertainment continue to go from strength to strength following new investment from Cineworld in 2012, with plans to open new cinemas and release a number of theatrical titles in 2015 and beyond.

Our Philosophy

Building architecturally interesting cinemas in city-centre locations.
Embracing digital projection and satellite technology to pioneer alternative content programming.
Providing printed programmes and online communications that inform, educate and encourage planned entertainment.
Screening a range of features from art-house, independent, classic, documentary and world cinema films to Hollywood blockbusters.
Facilitating live broadcasts of productions from world-class arts organisations, such as the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Bolshoi Ballet and the National Theatre.
Running a cinema membership scheme and clubs for diverse audience groups, such as children, new parents and the elderly.
Programming is tailored to each cinema individually.
Providing café bars as an integral part of the cinema-going experience.
Generating and partnering on educational work and courses which develop appreciation and understanding of film.
Hosting filmmaker Q&As, film festivals, themed seasons and specialised strands.
Employing staff who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about film.

Board Members

Clare Binns – Deputy Managing Director

Clare has worked in the industry for 30 years, and joined City Screen in March 2003. She is now our Acquisitions & Programming Director. As well as acquiring titles for Picturehouse Entertainment, she is responsible for overall programming policies. Winner of the 2009 WFTV Award for Contribution to the Medium, Clare is a member of both the London Film Festival Industry Liaison Committee and the BAFTA Learning and Events Committee. Variety named her one of the 25 people driving the London entertainment scene, and she is no. 70 in The Guardian Film Power 100 list.