- Sector: Leisure
- Region: London
Movie-going is enjoying something of a renaissance in the UK – and at the heart of that renaissance is Everyman Cinemas, a nationwide network of independent boutique screens, each with its own identity.
“Our cinemas create a truly memorable experience that exceeds expectations. They provide the highest standards possible in terms of comfort and entertainment, from the service of food and drink to seating and films,” says CEO Crispin Lilly. “A night out at Everyman represents excellent value and compares favourably with a meal at a restaurant or an evening at the theatre.”
“We are first in line to bring back to life beautiful old derelict cinemas and the first port of call for operators that wish to offload neglected cinemas”
The group currently has 20 cinemas, with nine across London and others in towns and cities around the nation, from Winchester to Harrogate. The cinemas range from the iconic 100-year-old Screen on the Green in Islington, north London, to a new boutique space in Birmingham Mailbox, an upmarket shopping and office development.
The company plans to open many more cinemas in the near future. “Everyman Cinemas is one of the fastest-growing independent networks in the UK and will be expanding into numerous new sites over the next two years,” says Crispin, who adds that the group is aiming to open between three to five new sites a year. “Our workforce is currently at 680, and it has doubled over the past 18 months.” The company has already signed a lease on a site in Edinburgh, with the cinema due to open in the Scottish capital in 2021.
- 20 - The number of cinemas Everyman currently has
With its cinemas helping to reinvigorate old sites and attract people to new developments, the company has had little trouble finding partners for its expansion plans. “Everyman is top of developers’ lists for bringing footfall to a new development – for example our cinema in Harrogate, which opened in September 2016,” says Crispin. “We are first in line to bring back to life beautiful, old derelict cinemas, such as in Bristol, which opened in May 2016. And Everyman is the first port of call for existing cinema operators that wish to offload their neglected cinemas.”