Curzon Cinemas is an integrated film company incorporating production, distribution, home cinema and cinemas.
Curzon owns, operates and programmes 20 venues, encompassing 42 screens across the UK, specialising in curated, quality international and British cinema, and hosts Q&As, events and special performances. Each cinema has its own identity and is designed with respect to the heritage of the local area.
The first Curzon cinema in Mayfair was opened in 1934 and developed a reputation as a venue where you could see the latest in foreign language cinema. The most recent new venue, Curzon Sheffield, is housed in a former 19th Century bank with distinctive tin ceilings and a rooftop bar.
Curzon Artificial Eye is the company's distribution label and was founded in 1975 to release critically acclaimed films to discerning audiences. Since its inception it has championed the work of towering auteurs as well as developing new talent, and has worked with world class directors from Michael Haneke (Amour), to Gasper Noe (Love 3D), as well as Lenny Abrahamson (Frank) and Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant).
Curzon Artificial Eye has been part of the historic Curzon group since 2006. Continuing in the pioneering spirit of both companies, Curzon launched the Curzon Home Cinema service in 2010, which is now available in over 6 million homes, offering audiences nationwide the opportunity to watch films when and how they want to.
As of 2015, Curzon Cinema is the first independent cinema group in the UK to pay the Living Wage.
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CURZON CINEMAS, ARTIFICIAL EYE AND SHOWCASE CINEMAS LTD MERGE TO ORM CURZON WORLD
FIRST VOD PARTNERSHIP WITH BSKYB
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(DAY AND DATE; ALSO FIRST FILM RELEASED UNDER CURZON RATHER THAN ARTIFICIAL EYE LABEL)
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'LE WEEK-END' RELEASED
(FIRST FILM WHERE CURZON/CFR2 WAS A PRODUCER AND SALES AGENT)
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Curzon Artificial Eye has released more winners of the Cannes Palme d'Or than any other UK distributor, with titles including ‘The Class’ (2008), ‘The White Ribbon’ (2009), ‘Amour’ (2012) and ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’ (2013). In 2015 Curzon Artificial Eye films were nominated for eight BAFTA awards and picked up three wins.
Curzon Artificial Eye was named Winner of the Independent Distributor of the Year in 2014 at the Screen Awards.
2015 has seen the company’s most successful box office year to date with released including Still Alice grossing more than £2.6 million and Andrew Haigh’s 45 years which is the first day-and-date release to cross the £1 million mark at the UK box office.
2014 - Jury prize for Force Majeure
2014 - Special Prize for Salt of the Earth
2013 - Palme d'Or winner - Blue is the Warmest Colour
2012 - Palme d'Or winner - Amour
2009 - Palme d'Or winner - The White Ribbon
2015 - Best Actress for Julianne Moore in Still Alice
2015 - Best Documentary Feature for Citizen Four'
2015 - Best Foreign Language Film for Ida
2014 - Best Foreign Language Film for The Great Beauty
2013 - Best Foreign Language Film for Amour
2012 - Best Foreign Language Film for A Separation
2015 - Best Actress for Julianne Moore in Still Alice
2015 - Best Film Not in the English Language for Ida
2014 - Best Film Not in the English Language for The Great Beauty
2013 - Best Actress for Emmanuelle Riva in Amour
2013 - Best Film Not in the English Language for Amour
2010 - Best British Film for Fish Tank
2014 - Best Screenplay for Frank
2014 - Best Technical Achievement for Frank
2013 - Best Actress for Lindsay Duncan in Le Weekend
2013 - Best Technical Achievement for The Selfish Giant
2013 - Best Foreign Language Film for Blue is the Warmest Colour
2012 - Best Actor for Toby Jones in Berberian Sound Studio
2012 - Best Director for Peter Strickland - Berberian Sound Studio
2012 - Best Achievement in Production for Berbarian Sound Studio
2012 - Best Technical Achievement for Berberian Sound Studio
2011 - Best Director for Lynne Ramsay - We Need to Talk About Kevin
2011 - Best Foreign Language Film for A Separation
2014 - Best Film for Leviathan
2013 - Best Film for Ida
2011 - Best Film for We Need to Talk About Kevin
2014 - Foreign Language Film of the Year for Leviathan
2014 - Documentary of the Year for Citizen Four
2014 - Actress of the Year for Julianne Moore in Still Alice
2013 - British Film of the Year for The Selfish Giant
2013 - Foreign Language Film of the Year for Blue is the Warmest Colour
2012 - Film of the Year for Amour
2012 - British Film of the Year for Berberian Sound Studio
2011 - British Film of the Year for We Need to Talk About Kevin
2011 - Foreign Language Film of the Year for A Separation
2014 - Curzon Artificial Eye announced Best Independent Film Distributor
2014 - Best New Cinema for Curzon Victoria