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City Screen was formed in 1989 to provide cinemas that serve their communities in city centre locations. We are now the leading independent cinema operator in the UK and our business model is very different from that of the multiplexes.

Independent, art-house and foreign-language films are central to our profile. Equally, each of our cinemas is programmed in response to its local audience. Most of our venues have mainstream blockbusters and quality crossover titles in the mix, while cultural 'alternative content' drives through the programming.

Our first cinema was the Phoenix in Oxford, bought in 1990 as a going concern in need of investment. In 1992 we opened our first custom-built cinema, Clapham Picturehouse, and since then we have grown steadily through a mixture of new builds and acquisitions, particularly in university cities such as Oxford, Cambridge, London, Brighton and York. The company currently owns 20 cinemas and provides the programming and films for a further 37 cinemas across the UK.

Our philosophy includes:

Building architecturally interesting cinemas in city centre locations.

Screening a wide range of features spanning art-house, independent, classic, documentary and world cinema films as well as Hollywood blockbusters. Programming is tailored to each cinema individually.

Hosting filmmaker Q&As, film festivals, themed seasons and specialised strands.

Embracing digital projection and satellite technology to pioneer alternative content programming, such as the live broadcast of productions from the New York Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and the National Theatre, as well as the live transmission of film-related Q&As.

Providing cafe-bars as an integral part of the cinema-going experience.

Employing staff who are knowledgeable and enthusiastic about film.

Providing printed programmes and online communications which inform, educate and encourage planned entertainment.

Running a cinema membership scheme and diverse clubs involving groups such as children, new parents and the elderly.

Generating and partnering on educational work and courses which develop appreciation and understanding of film.

Central to the Company philosophy is maintaining the individuality of each cinema.

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