30 Years and Counting

1989 feels like a very long time ago. Rain Man swept the Oscars, Madonna became a pop culture icon and shoulder pads, perms and mullets were all the rage. It's also when our first cinema, Phoenix Picturehouse, opened in Oxford.

In the intervening years our brood of cinemas have grown and we now have a family of 23 neighbourhood cinemas around the UK.

For the Love of Cinema

At Picturehouse, we love cinemas. When at their finest, they are transformative, social spaces where people come together to eat, drink, laugh, debate and most of all enjoy films among their family, friends and community.

Our film programme reflects our eclectic tastes. If you adore classic film or independent cinema fresh from the festivals we have just that. If you love opera or theatre, we screen it live and direct from stages around the world. If you're all about superhero films, come to one of our state of the art screens and get yourself a large helping of popcorn. Our range of films is both broad and curated and spans quality mainstream, indie, family, foreign language and documentary films.

At Picturehouse, catering to a diverse and inclusive audience is part of our DNA. We know that our communities make us and we champion films made for all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, knowing that the best kind of cinema is made for all.

OUR PARENT - CINEWORLD

At Picturehouse, we love cinemas. When at their finest, they are transformative, social spaces where people come together to eat, drink, laugh, debate and most of all enjoy films among their family, friends and community.

Our film programme reflects our eclectic tastes. If you adore classic film or independent cinema fresh from the festivals we have just that. If you love opera or theatre, we screen it live and direct from stages around the world. If you're all about superhero films, come to one of our state of the art screens and get yourself a large helping of popcorn. Our range of films is both broad and curated and spans quality mainstream, indie, family, foreign language and documentary films.

At Picturehouse, catering to a diverse and inclusive audience is part of our DNA. We know that our communities make us and we champion films made for all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, knowing that the best kind of cinema is made for all.

FILM PIRACY

At Picturehouse, we love cinemas. When at their finest, they are transformative, social spaces where people come together to eat, drink, laugh, debate and most of all enjoy films among their family, friends and community

Our film programme reflects our eclectic tastes. If you adore classic film or independent cinema fresh from the festivals we have just that. If you love opera or theatre, we screen it live and direct from stages around the world. If you're all about superhero films, come to one of our state of the art screens and get yourself a large helping of popcorn. Our range of films is both broad and curated and spans quality mainstream, indie, family, foreign language and documentary films.

At Picturehouse, catering to a diverse and inclusive audience is part of our DNA. We know that our communities make us and we champion films made for all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, knowing that the best kind of cinema is made for all.

CONTACT US

At Picturehouse, we love cinemas. When at their finest, they are transformative, social spaces where people come together to eat, drink, laugh, debate and most of all enjoy films among their family, friends and community.

Our film programme reflects our eclectic tastes. If you adore classic film or independent cinema fresh from the festivals we have just that. If you love opera or theatre, we screen it live and direct from stages around the world. If you're all about superhero films, come to one of our state of the art screens and get yourself a large helping of popcorn. Our range of films is both broad and curated and spans quality mainstream, indie, family, foreign language and documentary films.

At Picturehouse, catering to a diverse and inclusive audience is part of our DNA. We know that our communities make us and we champion films made for all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, knowing that the best kind of cinema is made for all.

EDUCATION EVENTS

We believe film can be a powerful educational tool for all ages. As well as being a valuable cultural experience in itself, watching a film can expand our experiences and understanding and helping us to explore concepts and ideas that are new or challenging to us. Learning by viewing, discussing, and critically engaging with film is an empowering skill and one that is increasingly important for young people.

The Picturehouse Education team work closely with teachers and partner organisations to deliver a diverse and exciting year-round programme at Picturehouse cinemas across the UK. We welcome over 40,000 students each year to our carefully curated cross-curricular screenings and talks for Nursery, Primary, Secondary and SEN/ASN Schools.

Our activity includes events to mark Black History Month, Anti Bullying Week, Holocaust Memorial Day, World Book Day, Refugee Week, and to complement the national curriculum across a variety of subjects including English, Drama, Science, Film Studies, Psychology and Modern Foreign Languages.


ADAPTED SCREENINGS

Picturehouse has led the way in specially adapted screenings for specific audiences â€" we were one of the first cinemas to introduce Parents and Baby screenings in 2000. Big Scream enables parents to see the latest cinema releases without having to get a baby sitter and provides an opportunity to share the cinema experience with their baby and meet other new parents in their local community.

We also were the first cinema group to launch Autism Friendly screenings in 2008 (in partnership with the National Autistic Society), ensuring a welcoming and adapted environment for people with autism, sensory sensitivity, learning disabilities and/or additional needs to enjoy a trip to the cinema.

In 2015 we piloted our Dementia Friendly screenings for people living with dementia, which have grown to become a proud staple of our community offer. In addition over 200 staff have become Dementia Friends as part of the Alzheimers Society's Dementia Friends initiative.

PICTUREHOUSE EDUCATION

Picturehouse Entertainment is the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas. As champions of distinct cinematic voices and outstanding new feature films, Picturehouse Entertainment is renowned for delivering innovative and award-winning release campaigns from theatrical to home entertainment.

In 2017, Picturehouse Entertainment released Woody Harrelson's one-take wonder, Lost In London; David Lowery's mesmerising A Ghost Story; the multi BIFA award-winning debut from British filmmaker Francis Lee, God's Own Country; and the razor-sharp comedy The Party from iconic director Sally Potter.

2018 saw French director Xavier Legrand's astonishing debut Custody receive ten 2019 Cesar nominations, including Best Film. Distinguished auteur Paul Schrader's First Reformed also enjoyed critical acclaim, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. A celebratory 50th-anniversary revival of The Beatles Yellow Submarine delighted audiences across the UK, and in Bjorn Runge's powerful and affecting drama The Wife, Glenn Close delivered a career-defining performance to earn her 2019 BAFTA and Academy Award nominations.

In 2019, Picturehouse Entertainment has already seen the release of the outstanding BAFTA and Academy Award-nominated Capernaum from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki and Out Of Blue from visionary director Carol Morley. Benedikt Erlingsson's wry Icelandic drama Woman At War was released 3 May.

OUR STAFF

At Picturehouse we are committed to our staff's continual professional development. Through our training programme called Cinelearn, we offer online modules on topics ranging from management and communication, which encourage our staff to enhance their performance and push for future opportunities. We also offer a range of qualifications and apprenticeship programmes throughout the year for all of our cinema staff.

OUR ROLES

  • Daniel
    Marketing Manager
    The Cameo Picturehouse

    "The best part of working for Picturehouse has to be the access to all the amazing films. It's great to work with people who love cinema as much as I do, and working from Picturehouse is different from other cinema companies because you always know you're going to see the best from all different walks of cinema on our screen"

  • Josh
    Marketing Manager
    The Cameo Picturehouse

    "The best part of working for Picturehouse has to be the access to all the amazing films. It's great to work with people who love cinema as much as I do, and working from Picturehouse is different from other cinema companies because you always know you're going to see the best from all different walks of cinema on our screen"

OUR STAFF PACKAGE

Picturehouse Cinemas are proud to be one of the highest paying employers in the cinema industry. It enables us to attract and retain staff who are knowledgeable about film, skilled in many areas and able to offer high levels of service.

We also offer:

- Shared membership bonus which can add, and is not limited to, between 10p - 38p extra per hour worked*

- Individual membership bonuses*

- Statutory paternity, pension, sick and holiday pay

- Childcare vouchers

- Paid breaks. So staff working an 8 hour shift, are paid for 8 hours but only work 7.5

- Union membership to The Forum**

- Unlimited Picturehouse and Cineworld cinema tickets (subject to availability)

- Two tickets per week for guests

- Free eye tests with enhanced benefits (for those using screens)

- Cycle to work scheme

- Free popcorn, soft drinks and hot drinks

- 30% off all food and beverages / 50% when on shift

- Late night working allowance

- Increased pension contributions after two years of service

- Healthcare after two years of service

*This excludes The Ritzy

***Picturehouse staff have an official union called The Forum as recognised by the Central Arbitration Committee. It is free to join, is voluntary to opt-in to and has collective bargaining rights on pay and benefits. /p>

The Forum is made up entirely of Picturehouse Cinema staff and excludes head office management. Every year, pay rates are negotiated with The Forum and a pay rate for 2017-2018 was agreed with a majority vote. The Ritzy Picturehouse staff are separate to this and are represented by BECTU.

GENDER PAY GAP REPORT

At Picturehouse we are committed to our staff's continual professional development. Through our training programme called Cinelearn, we offer online modules on topics ranging from management and communication, which encourage our staff to enhance their performance and push for future opportunities. We also offer a range of qualifications and apprenticeship programmes throughout the year for all of our cinema staff.

MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT

At Picturehouse we are committed to our staff's continual professional development. Through our training programme called Cinelearn, we offer online modules on topics ranging from management and communication, which encourage our staff to enhance their performance and push for future opportunities. We also offer a range of qualifications and apprenticeship programmes throughout the year for all of our cinema staff.

GOING GREEN

We take our planet and the climate crisis seriously. From Edinburgh down to Exeter, we take our own small part in the safekeeping of our planet and look to set an example for how cinemas can best reduce their energy consumption and waste.

1. We only use green compostable straws and only upon request

2. We don't use espresso pods. Instead, we grind our own bespoke espresso from triple certified beans (Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, Organic).

3. We offer a 25p discount for people bringing their own coffee cup

4. Our PET water has funded the building of live-giving wells, and is thinner than usual to reduce plastic burden - meaning it's recyclable when properly disposed of.

5. Our kitchens work with our oil partner Olleco who collect used oil and convert it to Biofuels.

6. We have reduced shipping by migrating from American Craft beer brands to British partners. Among others, these include Camden Town Brewery, Beavertown, Brixton and Gipsy Hill - delicious!

7. We've banned the use of single-use plastic cups from our events

8. We've started working with WM101 to remove any leftover waste from our kitchens.

And here's 3 things we're looking to improve right now!

And here's 3 things we're looking to improve right now!

1. We'll be introducing a Picturehouse keep cup in 2019.

2. We're working directly with suppliers to reduce their pack sizes on chilled goods and improve ordering processes to minimize food waste.

3. We're committed to sourcing locally in the UK for our concessions, cafes and restaurants in order to reduce food miles and support local businesses.

We understand and are committed to our role in fighting consumption habits for a more sustainable future. If you've seen anything that you'd like to improve in our cinemas, please get in touch at enquiries@picturehouses.co.uk, we'd love to hear from you.

Full recycling at DAK in seperate bins.

Working on CRC costs to reduce on each new build that we come to

Reduce waffle on printable tickets

Hand towels - block toilets maintenance issue + not green

Business Consultant?

Vegware version of pepsi cups

PICTUREHOUSE & REFUGE

Picturehouse and Refuge partner in major domestic abuse awareness raising campaign

From April 19th, Picturehouse and Refuge launch a national partnership and awareness raising campaign. Domestic abuse is the biggest issue affecting women and children in our society today - affecting one woman in four in her life and around 800,000 children every year. Refuge and Picturehouse aim to bring this hidden issue out from the shadows and into the public domain, raising vital funds in the process. The ambition is to raise a £50K donation by the end of 2019.

HIDE AND SEEK FILM

Picturehouse and Refuge partner in major domestic abuse awareness raising campaign

To launch the campaign Picturehouse will run a powerful 60 second short film – called Hide and Seek – across its cinemas nationwide to shine a light on this shocking issue and raise awareness of the life-saving and life-changing support Refuge provides. Created by creative agency BBH and directed by Lucy Bridger, 'Hide and Seek' highlights the fact that 90% of domestic abuse which takes place in a family home is witnessed and experienced by children.

The short film tells the story of a child and his game of hide and seek. A little boy is seen playing, eyes covered and counting; as the film unfolds the viewer hears the sound of shouting in the background. It is soon evident that the child is not actually playing, but trying to escape his abusive father. Finally, we see him and his mum safe in a refuge, free to play. The film draws attention to wider forms of domestic abuse, beyond the most noted physical violence, to coercive control. It draws into question the emotional and economic control many perpetrators have over their victims and hauntingly shares the frightening, but true reality experienced by so many up and down the country today.

For those affected by this issue or who may find this content triggering, visit www.refuge.org.uk where you can information about our services and how to access support.

HOW TO SUPPORT

For those affected by this issue or who may find this content triggering, visit www.refuge.org.uk where you can information about our services and how to access support.

- Text 'HOUSE' to 70085 to donate £5 to Refuge at any time

- Donate via cash or card at any tillpoint in a Picturehouse cinema

- Roundup your purchases to the nearest pound at any Picturehouse

- Look out for various promotional offers on food and drink throughout the year at Picturehouse

- Contact your local cinema to see if there are any upcoming events or ways you can contribute to their fundraising initiatives.

Chocolate from April 19th

Our first promotional offer with Refuge comes just in time for the long Easter weekend. From April 19th we're giving you an extra incentive to indulge by helping Refuge through chocolate. Look out for the packs at box office - for each pack of Galaxy Wafer curls sold £1 will be paid to Refuge. I can't think of a better or simpler way to get involved and raise some much needed funds for Refuge while enjoying a film at your local Picturehouse this holiday!

On the partnership

Clare Binns Joint MD of Picturehouse Cinemas said: "I'm delighted to have Refuge as our new charity partner. At Picturehouse, we believe cinema can really change lives and broaden perspectives. Seeing the work Refuge does and the transformative effect the services have on people's lives makes this a charity we're proud to be working with. Using our growing family of cinemas we can raise huge awareness and much-needed funds for the important work Refuge does. We can't wait to get started."

Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge says: "Never before in Refuge's history has such a major campaign been launched. The unprecedented exposure that Hide and Seek will receive by being aired before all '15' certificate films that run from now for a minimum of three years, day in, day out, across all the screens housed in the 25 cinema locations is phenomenal.

"This unique opportunity will reach many women in need of support, as well as concerned friends and family members, giving them a way to access support. The £50,000 fundraising target is also much needed – at a time when Refuge faces ongoing funding cuts and threats to running its services this funding provides essential support. We would like to thank all at Picturehouse for this momentous opportunity; never before has so much exposure been given to this issue which is often seen as too gritty and challenging to attract interest. With one in four women experiencing the issue and two women a week being killed by a current or former partner I have no doubt that the impact of this partnership will save and change many lives."

Refuge's work has attracted some brilliant ambassadors. These include Sir Patrick Stewart OBE, Helen Mirren, Fiona Bruce, Helena Bonham Carter, David Morrissey and Bafta and Oscar-winning actor Olivia Colman who starred in the shocking domestic abuse 2011 drama Tyrannosaur, as well as the multi-award-winning 2018 film The Favourite.

Speaking of the Picturehouse Partnership Colman said: "Picturehouse and Refuge is the perfect partnership to connect huge audiences to important, life saving matters. Cinema has the most amazing power to illuminate and to create compassion regarding subjects we find difficult to talk about or recognise, or accept as a daily occurrence. Through Picturehouse's partnership, thousands of people will discover Refuge's crucial work. And benefit from it. How brilliant."

For further information on the Refuge / Picturehouse partnership please contact press@picturehouses.co.uk