Comparison: Cinemas in Harrogate & beyond - our guide

An example of the sofa seats in an Everyman cinema.
An example of the sofa seats in an Everyman cinema.
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By Graham Chalmers

Harrogate is to get its first brand new cinema for the first time in decades next year when Everyman arrives.

Ripon got a new one in the shape of the Curzon only two years ago.

And Catterick sees the launch of a major new Empire cinema this week.

But how does this affect movie-goers?

Do the different cinemas in our district offer different things?

Here’s our easy ‘cut out and keep’ guide to local cinemas in our area - in no particular order.

1. Odeon, Harrogate

Founded: 1936. Grade-II listed building.

Status: Part of the UK and Europe’s biggest cinema chain.

Size: 5 screens, total seating 1,048.

Film selection: The big films of the day plus live screenings of ballet, opera, theatre and more. 2D and 3D screenings.

Comfort: Choice of standard seating and deluxe seats in multiplex atmosphere.

Food and drink: Sweets, ices, crisps, nacho dips plus soft drinks, coffee and alcoholic drinks.

Prices: Adult £9.95 (peak), £8.45 (off peak). Child £6.95 standard. Upgrades for Premier seats and 3D films.

2. Everyman, Harrogate

Founded: Opening set for Spring/Summer 2016.

Status: Part of independent chain of 11 cinemas nationwide.

Size: 4 screens. Capacity to be announced.

Film selection: Higher end of mainstream cinema with an emphasis on the best independent films and live screenings.

Comfort: Intimate and casual with comfy sofa seating and mini-tables for eating.

Food and drink: A full bar. Hot food, including stone-baked pizza and “proper hot dogs.” Retro sweets and snacks. Pizzeria on the premises.

Prices: Prices vary between different venues and times of day. At Leeds, Everyman a standard adult ticket costs £12.80.

3. Curzon, Ripon

Founded: 2013.

Status: Part of independent ‘arthouse’ chain of ten cinemas nationwide.

Size: 2 screens, total seating of 100.

Film selection: Higher end of mainstream cinema and family films with an emphasis on the best independent films and live screenings.

Comfort: Modern functional seating.

Food and drink: Wine, craft beers, coffee, soft drinks, quality snacks, confectionary. Restaurant on the premises.

Prices: Adult £10.50 (peak) £8.50 (off-peak). Child £7 standard.

4. Ritz, Thirsk

Founded: 1912. One of the oldest cinema in the UK.

Status: Independent, volunteer-run.

Size: 1 screen, total capacity of 204.

Film selection: Recent mainstream movies for all the family, chosen by a selection committee from different age groups who meet monthly.

Comfort: Original seating was replaced with improved seating after volunteers took over in 1995. With balcony seating.

Food and drink: Sweets and refreshments in the foyer.

Prices: Adult standard £5 with £4 concessions.

5. Wetherby Film Theatre

Founded: Opened in 1915 as a Raby Picture House. Closed as Rodney Cinema in 1964. Reopened as Wetherby Film Theatre in 1994.

Status: Owned independently by Ray and Irene Trewhitt.

Size: 1 screen, total seating of 136.

Film selection: One film a day. Family fayre, the best mainstream movies and occasional live screenings.

Comfort: Seating has been updated and facilities are reguarly improved.

Food and drink: Licenced bar added in 2012. Competitive confectionary prices.

Prices: Adult standard £8. Book in person or telephone only.

6. Empire, Catterick

Founded: Opens Friday, October 23, 2015.

Status: Part of UK’s largest independently-owned cinema chain with 17 cinemas set up in 2005.

Size: 7 screens, total seating of 848.

Film selection: Bit of everything – plenty of mainstream movies plus classic films, arthouse films and live screenings.

Comfort: Premium seats and normal seats as in multiplexes.

Food and drink: Standard major cinema confectionary but healthy options also available. Quality coffee but customers are permitted to bring own refreshments in.

Prices: Varies from screens and times. Adult £8 (peak), £7 (off-peak). Children & seniors £6 (peak), £5 (off-peak).