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 twelve venues across the UK and they are designed and furnished individually as well as being equipped with superior cinema technology.
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: BT TV, Virgin Media: TiVo®, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Fire Stick and Freesat Freetime.
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.
As of 2015, Curzon Cinemas are the first independent cinema group in the UK to pay the Living Wage.