ABOUT CURZON

Ask people why they come to Curzon venues and you'll get a varied response: atmosphere, comfort, location and, for those who like a drink, the bar. But there’s one constant above all others: the film programme. We’re incredibly lucky to have a loyal audience who trust us implicitly and come week in, week out to watch films. Curzon is known as a place to discover other worlds and cultures, or see a different perspective. It’s also a place where the drinks and conversation flow in equal measure, where cinema becomes a memorable experience for a broad range of people.

Then again, we’ve been in the cinema industry since 1934 and we’ve made it our business to bring films to audiences curious about the world. We have thirteen venues across the UK and they are designed and furnished individually as well as being equipped with superior cinema technology.

We've been releasing our own films simultaneously in cinemas and on our own streaming service Curzon Home Cinema for almost a decade. By releasing in this way we can ensure that everyone in the country has access to our films. We are confident in the value of the theatrical experience, which is why we are not afraid to offer our customers the choice of when, where and how they watch.

The founder of Curzon, Harold Wingate, imported unknown films during the post-war period and it’s that questioning spirit that still drives the company. In 2006, UK film distribution company Artificial Eye was acquired by Curzon and today Curzon is a film company that buys, distributes and shows films.

Artificial Eye was founded in 1976 and became part of Curzon thirty years later, continuing the legacy of releasing critically-acclaimed films to discerning UK audiences. Winner of the Independent Distributor of the Year at the Screen Awards 2014, Curzon Artificial Eye enjoyed its most successful year at the box office in 2015. Oscar winner Still Alice has proven to be the company's highest grossing film ever at £2.6 million, and Andrew Haigh's 45 Years became the first day-and-date release to cross the £1 million mark at the UK box office.

Curzon Artificial Eye has released films by some of the world's greatest directors, including Michael Haneke, Lars Von Trier, Lynne Ramsay, Abbas Kiarostami, Andrea Arnold, Andrei Tarkovsky, Peter Strickland and many more. The company's films were nominated for eight awards at the 2015 BAFTA Film Award, picking up three wins in the process.

We launched Curzon Home Cinema in 2010, our on-demand film service enabling audiences to watch a range of films that are released on the same day as in cinemas. In addition to a website, the Curzon Home Cinema app is currently also available on: Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick.

Curzon is a brand that has stood the test of time, evolving to meet the demands of audiences and the fast changes of a dynamic film industry but the same thing drives us as it always has – offering films that we believe are worth sharing, that spark conversations and stay with you long after the lights have come up.

In 2015 Curzon Cinemas became the first independent cinema group in the UK to pay the Living Wage.

In February 2017 the Curzon group received the prestigious award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema at the British Academy Film Awards

PHILIP KNATCHBULL

PHILIP KNATCHBULL

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Joined Curzon in 2006 from his previous role as CEO of Knatchbull Communications, a telecoms, media and technology investment and management company. It is his vision that drives the current expansion of the 85-year-old iconic Curzon Film brand.

LAURA JOHNSON FERGUSON

LAURA JOHNSON FERGUSON

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Chartered Accountant, Cambridge graduate, over 19 years in film and cinema.

LOUISA DENT

LOUISA DENT

MANAGING DIRECTOR - CURZON ARTIFICIAL EYE

Former MD of UGC Films UK, more than 24 years' experience in the international film industry.

ALEX SHELDON

ALEX SHELDON

DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS

Over 20 years' experience at a senior level within the leisure and hospitality industries.

LEO BREND

LEO BREND

DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY

Over 10 years' experience in film, web and distribution technology.

DAMIAN SPANDLEY

DAMIAN SPANDLEY

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMME

Over 15 years of experience in the film industry having held a number of senior roles in both programming as well as Theatrical, TV & New Media distribution.

SUSIE BOULD

SUSIE BOULD

HEAD OF GROUP MARKETING

Susie leads the group marketing team, and has 15 years experience working in the film industry in marketing and communications.

JAMES FLETCHER

JAMES FLETCHER

HEAD OF PROPERTY AND DEVELOPMENT

Chartered Surveyor with experience spanning across multiple sectors in the leisure industry. Responsible for commercial and legal negotiations on new and existing cinemas and overseeing the development management of construction projects.

JAKE GARRIOCK

JAKE GARRIOCK

HEAD OF DISTRIBUTION STRATEGY AND GROUP PUBLICITY

Joined Curzon in 2008, leading on numerous in-house PR and awards campaigns. Now responsible for publicity across the group and strategic rollout of distribution titles.

HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: THE TRAITOR

DEADLINE

CURZON CINEMAS & ARTIFICIAL EYE, UK'S FLAGSHIP ARTHOUSE FILM GROUP, ACQUIRED BY COHEN MEDIA GROUP

VARIETY

COHEN MEDIA GROUP BUYS BRITISH ARTHOUSE THEATER CHAIN CURZON CINEMAS

SCREEN DAILY

CURZON CINEMAS, INCLUDING ARTIFICIAL EYE DISTRIBUTION, ACQUIRED BY THE US' COHEN MEDIA GROUP

TELEGRAPH

CINEMAS LOOK TO BIG PICTURE IN FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL

VANITY FAIR

PHILIP KNATCHBULL LEADS THE (SILENT) CHARGE OF THE GREEN BRIGADE.

GRANT THORNTON

Fiona Phillips talks to Philip Mordecai, Director of Digital Ventures at Curzon. Philip tells us how Curzon is questioning the traditional cinema business model to create a future where we access films in multiple ways.

THE GUARDIAN

Stream or silver screen: Netflix pulls plug on Cannes, is Hollywood next?

BROADBAND TV NEWS

Turner to launch first international streaming service - Filmstruck Curzon

SCREEN DAILY

Curzon plans expansion after 'fantastic' box office growth in 2017

GRANT THORNTON

Philip Mordecai and the team at Curzon are celebrated for their innovation, growth and purpose

MONOCLE

The Greatest Show on Earth Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull has been key to bringing arthouse distribution up to speed and on-demand. But he hasn’t forgotten the magic of the big screen, delivering gracefully designed cinema spaces that celebrate the shared experience of film... (paywall)

MONOCLE

The Entrepreneurs: Bigger Picture How Philip, CEO of Curzon, has not only expanded the cinema chain but created a leading film-distribution service, Artificial Eye, and a digital platform.

EVENING STANDARD

Philip Knatchbull: The Curzon boss leading the revolution in the world of cinema.

SCREEN DAILY

Curzon Cinemas hires Alex Sheldon as commercial director.

SCREEN DAILY

Philip Knatchbull talks admissions, Soho venue and Netflix collaboration during Screen Exhibitors’ Forum.

SCREEN DAILY

Curzon CEO talks production push, VOD and venue battles.

CITY AM

Curzon Cinemas targets expansion around the world. Interview with Philip Mordecai, director of home cinema at Curzon.

THE GUARDIAN

The battle to save the Curzon Soho: A plan to demolish one of London’s best-loved arthouse cinemas has unleashed a campaign to save it and highlight the growing threat to the heart of the West End.

BUSINESS INSIDER

How British cinema chain Curzon reinvented itself with the help of Jony Ive's sister.

DRAGON ROUGE

Philip Knatchbull on how he’s shaking up the film industry with an 85-year-old brand and a business model that challenges the norm and breaks convention.

THE GUARDIAN

Celebrities join fight to save Soho's Curzon cinema from Crossrail 2. Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry are weighing in to save the historic venue.

WALLPAPER MAGAZINE

As Curzon raises the curtain on a new generation of boutique cinema screens, we're booking our extra comfy seats.

MONOCLE MAGAZINE

Are all remakes bad news? Not when you are the world’s smartest cinema operator.

MONOCLE MAGAZINE

Curzon Canterbury design feature - Monocle Magazine Issue 80

ARCHITECTURE TODAY

Takero Shimazaki Architects' renovation of the cinema at the Brunswick Centre is both raw and refined - a fitting tribute to the spirit of the original, finds Vicky Richardson.

EVENING STANDARD

The decision by Curzon Cinemas to pay the London Living Wage of £8.80 an hour to its staff deserves praise.

EVENING STANDARD

Save Curzon Chelsea: ten thousand people signed a petition. Alongside local groups rallied film-makers such as Alan Parker and Hugh Hudson.

THE TELEGRAPH

Curzon cinema group bids to become the Apple of independent film. The 80-year-old independent cinema brand has tuned to the City to help fund a major expansion.

VICTORIA MAGAZINE

Curzon in Close-Up

Since 1934

1934

Curzon Mayfair opens

1972

Curzon Bloomsbury opens

1976

Curzon Artificial Eye is Launched

1983

Curzon Chelsea acquired

1985

Curzon Soho Opens

1990

Curzon Richmond Opens

2006

Curzon Cinema, artificial Eye and Showcase Cinemas Ltd merge to form Curzon World

2007

First VOD partnership with BSKYB

2009

HMV Curzon Wimbledon Opens (Joint venture between HMV and Curzon)

2010

Curzon Film Rights Launches

Curzon Home Cinema (CHC) Launches

2011

"We Need To Talk About Kevin" released

CHC launches on Samsung smart TVs

2012

Curzon Film Rights 2 launches

Curzon Knutsford Acquired

2013

CHC launches on BT TV

Curzon Ripon Opens

'LE WEEK-END' produced by Curzon released

2014

CHC LAUNCHES ON FREESAT

CURZON VICTORIA OPENS

CURZON CANTERBURY OPENS

2015

CURZON SHEFFIELD OPENS

CURZON BLOOMSBURY REOPENS AFTER REDEVELOPMENT

CHC LAUNCHES ON AMAZON FIRE

'45 YEARS' RELEASED SIMULTANEOUSLY IN CINEMAS AND ON CHC BECOMES FIRST DAY + DATE FILM TO SURPASS £1 MILLION AT U.K BOX OFFICE

2016

CHC WINS OTT TV INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR AT THE CONTENT INNOVATION AWARDS HELD IN CANNES AT MIPCOM

CHC NAMED AS EXCLUSIVE HOME OF THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS

CHC BECOMES EXCLUSIVE DAY + DATE PLATFORM FOR CURZON FILMS

2017

CURZON ALDGATE OPENS

CURZON WINS THE
BAFTA AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA

SIR JOHN HEGARTY, DR. HERBERT G. KLOIBER, KATHERINE PRIESTLY + ANDREW R JENNINGS APPOINTED TO CURZON ADVISORY BOARD

CURZON OXFORD OPENS

2018

BARRY SMITH APPOINTED TO CURZON ADVISORY BOARD

CURZON COLCHESTER OPENS

2019

CURZON ACQUIRED BY COHEN MEDIA GROUP

2020

CURZON FILM RELEASE ‘PARASITE’ BECOMES FIRST NON-ENGLISH FILM TO WIN BEST PICTURE OSCAR

2021

CURZON HOXTON & CURZON KINGSTON SCHEDULED TO OPEN