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REEL Cinemas

Our Story

Our Story

cinemas located in the heart of the community.

REEL Cinemas is the UK's leading nationwide independent cinema chain with sites across England and Wales and offers an exceptional guest experience, giving everyone a warm welcome and keeping ticket prices low. REEL Cinemas began in 2001 when property businessman Kailash Chander (K.C.) Suri took over the Loughborough Curzon, a run-down 6-screen venue earmarked for a development project that would turn it into flats. But as he got to know the business, the staff and the customers, K.C. Suri started to fall in love with cinema. So he chose not to convert the building but instead restored it to its full art deco glory, with meticulous attention to detail. In November 2001, REEL Loughborough opened to huge success, and between 2003 - 2005 more acquisitions followed, including another vintage picture palace The Scala Cinema in Ilkeston.

From 2005 REEL Cinemas took on a different direction. In addition to established traditional venues, they started to develop new purpose-built locations. This reflected their new philosophy: to build a circuit of miniplexes - typically, five or six screen venues - located within underserved communities. As a result, they were bringing cinema to the doorstep of many towns usually seen as too small by other larger cinema chains.

This attention to location, the local community, and a determination to develop new ideas underpin REEL’s commitment to constant innovation and growth. Since 2018, the company has announced further expansion plans and unveiled its Reel Lounge concept. The Lounge is a beautifully appointed auditorium offering a state-of-the-art audiovisual experience, with stunning seats and art deco design, as a nod to the original cinema in Loughborough where the REEL story started.

The REEL circuit continues to expand, with new venues opening all the time and in new locations. Each will incorporate the Reel Lounge and cement REEL Cinemas’ ambition to bring the luxury cinema-going experience to audiences in small towns without the high admission price that usually accompanies it.

Work For Us

We are a growing cinema circuit anchored in our local communities with a company mission to deliver affordable family entertainment and outstanding customer service without compromising quality.

Our cinemas are open seven days a week, except for Christmas Day. REEL Cinemas are supported by an enthusiastic and supportive team at Head Office and in our venues. We are committed to providing an open environment where people can grow and develop as members of a unique team and encourage applications from all genders, races, religions, ages and sexual orientations, and people living with disabilities. We welcome any groups that bring diverse perspectives to our business.

Our Values

Championing Community - we create inviting and warm environments for all our guests, keeping our prices accessible and a broad programme suitable for children to seniors.

Welcoming Cinemas - we pride ourselves on delivering the best in hospitality for our guests.

People Focused - we are a family owned business and want our staff to flourish and thrive.

Forward-thinking - we are committed to making changes in our business that are planet friendly and continuing to invest in technology for superior quality entertainment.

Roles At Reel

Head Office

The Head Office is based in Loughborough. The majority of the team is based here and oversee accounts, technical, programming and HR. The marketing department is based at our Borehamwood office and oversees digital communications, including the newsletter, social media and advertising.

Cinema Management

Our Cinema General Managers are a vital part of our organisation with key responsibility for managing the venue operations including customer satisfaction, staff development, hospitality, health and safety and growth targets including admissions, F+B and loyalty programme.
General Managers are supported by duty managers / supervisors helping to deliver our warm and welcoming guest experiences across their venues.

Cinema Teams

The front-of-house roles in cinema teams are varied, from assisting the management with stock to greeting customers and keeping the cinema neat and tidy. No two days are the same, but the role is highly rewarding, working with a close-knit team and getting to know the community.

Current Vacancies

Links to any current vacancies will be found here.