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UK cinema circuits 1914-1945
This information is part of work in progress, assembled from disparate sources, to track the ownership of British cinemas.
Only circuits which have had more than 10 screens are included, although where known, the data for those circuits is given, even if fewer than 10 screens were in ownership.
Names of circuits that are listed for the later period (1947-1969) are highlighted in bold.
A colon : marks years when circuits were in operation but for which the number of screens is not available.
A dash indicates that the circuit did not exist at that time.

THE MAJOR CIRCUITS (100 screens or more) head office 1914 1920 1927 1931 1933 1939 1945
Associated British Cinemas (ABC) London 147

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Gaumont-British Picture Corporation London 21 : 287 : :
Circuits with 10 or more screens head office 1914 1920 1927 1931 1933 1939 1945
Albany Ward London 29 Acquired by PCT (see below)
Bedford Cinemas Liverpool 15 : : : :
Bernstein Theatres London 10
Biocolor Picture Theatres London 8 25
Broadhead's Theatres Manchester 17 16
Cambria & Border Cinemas Wrexham 13
CD Cinemas Birmingham 11
Cinema Service [London] 6 26
E C Clayton Sheffield 8 13
County Cinemas 30
Eagle Picturedromes Wigan 7 12 : : : :
J F Emery Manchester 10 : : : :
Essoldo Circuit (Control) Newcastle upon Tyne :
Granada Theatres London 35
George Green Glasgow 10 12 12 : : : :
Leslie Greene Liverpool 8 : : : :
Circuits with 10 or more screens head office 1914 1920 1927 1931 1933 1939 1945
Haigh & Son Liverpool 14 11
[Sir] A B King Circuit Glasgow 18 19 : 42 : :
H D Moorhouse Circuit Manchester 28 : 56 : :
New Century Pictures Leeds 13 12
North-Western Film Booking Agency Liverpool 10
Nottingham Pictures Nottingham 19
Provincial Cinematograph Theatres (PCT) London 18 68 85
Regent Circuit Liverpool 38 : :
Savoy Cinemas London 10
Scottish Cinema & Variety Theatres Glasgow 20 26
Shipman and King Cinemas London 11 : : : :
Singleton Cinemas Glasgow 12
S M Associated Cinemas Manchester 31 60
Thos Ormiston Motherwell 11 24 : : : :
Union Cinemas and Assoc Companies London 33 : :
213 408 : 659 : :

Principal sources: PEP: The British Film Industry (1952); Kinematograph Yearbooks; Margaret Dickinson and Sarah Street: Cinema and State (1985)

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