Top-Rated Independent Cinemas in the UK

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With the sad news that Cineworld is temporarily closing all its cinemas in the UK and US, the Neo Online team decided to analyse TripAdvisor data to determine the top-rated independent cinemas in the UK. Read on to find out more…

Analysing TripAdvisor Data

Based on the top 50 suggested UK ‘attractions’ for the phrase “independent cinema” on TripAdvisor, Neo-Online analyses the number of reviews and average rating, before multiplying these figures together to form an overall score.

Ordered from highest score to lowest, the findings revealed the following:

RANKCINEMALOCATIONREVIEWSAVERAGE RATINGSCORE*
1Tyneside CinemaNewcastle upon Tyne10934.54918.5
2The Red Carpet Cinema & Café BarBarton-under-Needwood10844.54878
3Plaza CinemaDorchester88854440
4Electric CinemaBirmingham7204.53240
5Picturedrome CinemaBognor Regis6774.53046.5
6The Rex CinemaBerkhamsted55552775
7The Odyssey CinemaSt Albans46552325
7Northampton FilmhouseNorthampton46552325
9Hyde Park Picture HouseLeeds44452220
10Luxe CinemaWisbech42952145
11Broadway CinemaNottingham4714.52119.5
12Abbeygate CinemaBury St Edmunds41852090
13QUADDerby4644.52088
14Broadway CinemaLetchworth4524.52034
14The Light CinemaNew Brighton4524.52034
16Century CinemaClacton-on-Sea4214.51894.5
17Carlton CinemaWestgate-on-Sea4104.51845
18HomeManchester3894.51750.5
19Dominion CinemaEdinburgh3594.51615.5
20The Savoy CinemaStockport30851540
21Queens Film TheatreBelfast3344.51503
22WatershedBristol3334.51498.5
23Island CinemasLytham St Anne’s3254.51462.5
24The Regal CinemaMelton Mowbray29151455
25Lynton CinemaLynton26651330
26Ritz CinemaBelper2914.51309.5
27Loewen CinemaMablethorpe2854.51282.5
28Duke of York’s PicturehouseBrighton2774.51246.5
29Lighthouse CinemaNewquay2664.51197
29Movie Starr CinemaCanvey Island2664.51197
31Phoenix Cinema and Art CentreLeicester2624.51179
32FACTLiverpool2514.51129.5
33Woolton Picture HouseLiverpool2144.5963
34Phoenix Falmouth CinemaFalmouth2084.5936
35Depot Cinema and RestaurantLewes1984792
36Savoy CinemaWorksop1704.5765
37Cinema CityNorwich1654.5742.5
38Picturehouse CentralLondon1334.5598.5
39Plaza CinemaLiverpool1264.5567
40Genesis CinemaLondon1224.5549
41The Tower Digital Arts CentreHelensburgh1094.5490.5
42Ritz CinemaThirsk1014.5454.5
43Palace CinemaPreston885440
44Alhambra CinemaPenrith954.5427.5
45Lonsdale CinemaAnnan765380
46Bathgate CinemaBathgate734.5328.5
47Wellesley Cinema WellingtonWellington574.5256.5
48Curzon MayfairLondon494.5220.5
49Ambassadors CinemaWoking703210
50Commodore CinemaAberystwyth494196

It’s no surprise that many cinemas have struggled during the pandemic, with new rules and restrictions in place, and a lack of new films to draw in audiences. However, many cinemas have put stringent measures in place – such as limiting capacity, ensuring social distancing, enforcing face coverings to be worn when not eating or drinking, increasing cleaning, and more – to ensure customers can still enjoy the cinema experience. We want to remind the UK public that independent cinemas also need your support at the moment, including those highlighted in our new research.

*All data correct as of 11am on 05/10/2020

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