We have worked with several of the important independent cinemas in the UK that screen ‘specialised films’ (the term still used by the British Film Institute to distinguish films that are not mainstream Hollywood). Most of these cinemas have education officers who organise education screenings for students, training for teachers, evening classes and various events open to the general public including Q&As with directors, screenwriters etc. These are also likely to be the venues showing seasons of films alongside film festivals and re-issues – everything of interest to a cinephile!
Here are a selection of specialist cinemas, mainly in the North of England and Scotland:
Screen Argyll, Argyll and the Inner Hebrides
National Media Museum, Bradford
Curzon Community Cinema, Clevedon, Somerset
Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle
Rix Mix, Shoreditch, East London
We are happy to add any others to this list (especially from other UK nations and regions).
Joseph Cohen born 22nd June 1889 in Birmingham – died 22nd June1980 Birmingham UK. He pioneered the provincial News Theatres throughout the UK and had several in the West End of London. Later, most of these became cartoon and comedy cinemas when television became popular. These cinemas were known as the ‘News Theatre’, ‘Tatler’, ‘Princes’ and ‘Monseigneur’, but later were renamed the ‘Jacey’. Together with his son George Cohen they also pioneered the introduction of the specialised Continental Cinemas, known as the ‘Cinephone’ showing the best of continental feature films throughout the UK.
John’s website at has a range of interesting historical material relating to the Jacey Cinemas and also to Kenneth Rive and Gala. Starting at http://www.jncohen.net/JaceyGroup/JaceyCinemasLtd.htm it’s an interesting resource to explore about an important period in the history of UK distribution and exhibition.
Thanks Roy for that, one thing I did not include is that whilst under Joseph Cohen’s control Jacey Cinemas Ltd. also filmed local news events themselves, to add to the program. With Seasons Greetings and best wishes, John