Everyman Cinema, Hampstead, London

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Everyman Media Group plc (known as Everyman Cinemas) is a cinema company in the United Kingdom. The company was founded in 2000, when entrepreneur Daniel Broch bought the original Everyman Cinema in Hampstead, London, which dated to 1933, which before then was a theatre. Broch led the growth of the company with the acquisition in 2008 of Screen Cinemas to add more locations. This coincided with Broch selling a majority stake in the enlarged company, though he remains a shareholder. Following the acquisition, the group has refurbished or plans to refurbish a number of cinemas. Those already refurbished include Walton, Belsize Park, Baker Street, and The Screen On The Green in Islington. Everyman's cinemas have one to five screens, a small number of which offer 3D.

Everyman Cinemas offer a programme of films and special events, including the Metropolitan Opera from New York and the National Theatre (in selected cinemas), live Q&As, film festivals and seasons. The venues each feature a licensed bar, food, digital projection and surround sound technology.
The group is extending its operating area and has opened cinemas in northern England. The first of these opened in Leeds in April 2013 as part of the Trinity Leeds development in the city centre and a second opened within The Mailbox in Birmingham on 27 February 2015. A further cinema opened in Harrogate in September 2016. In April 2015, the company reached an agreement to buy four cinemas from its larger rival Odeon for £7.1 million.
In August 2013, The Guardian reported that the entire non-management staff of about 100 is employed on zero-hour contracts, earning just above the minimum wage, and without any guaranteed set hours each week. An Everyman staff member told the newspaper: "Our zero-hour contracts and low wages mean that affording basic necessities is becoming impossible. We work almost full-time, yet have no security, sick pay or benefits. Our customers are paying more and more for cinema tickets, but the company does everything it can to keep the cost of their staff as low as possible. It's not interested in the hardship this causes."
The company has since re-structured its pay system, creating tiers of skill level for job structure. It is currently in the early stages of the process of introducing 10-hour minimum contracts.

The Everyman Media Group plc made its début on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) on 7 November 2013.
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  • The Everyman does everything right except for the late publication of its film programmes. Why does Hampstead need SO much longer then every other cinema to decide what films are being shown ? 4 days....  more »
  • Everyman cinema is what going to the movies should be. Comfy, great sound. Nice screens. Delicious food and great drinks. Bring this franchise to California since this is what going to the movies is.....  more »
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  • A cinema dedicated to catering true film lovers. Screenings are intimate (only about 10 or so rows), but not tiny, with comfortable arm chair and sofa seating, small tables for hot and cold drinks, and snacks/small meals. It's like watching a movie in a home cinema, if your home is kitted out with a massive screen and the best sound system! No loud, heckling crowds. I don't know if I can go back to commercial viewings anymore!
  • Such a great atmosphere. Staff are friendly, food is good and have only ever had good experiences here. Definitely worth paying a bit more for. Also the sofa seating - my SO is 6"4 and only in an Everyman does he have plenty of legroom.

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