Curzon Cinemas purchased by Cohen Media Group

Deal includes distributor Artificial Eye

by Jennie Kermode

The Curzon CommunityCinema in Clevedon
The Curzon CommunityCinema in Clevedon Photo: Steve Barnes

US production and distribution company Cohen Media Group has bought the UK's Curzon Cinemas for an undisclosed sum, it was announced today. The deal includes sister company Artificial Eye, which distributes independent films including Palme d'Or winners 4 Months, 3 Weeks And 2 Days, Amour and Blue Is The Warmest Colour, as well as video-on-demand operation Curzon Home Cinema. All 20 Curzon cinemas will change hands.

Little change in Curzon's output is expected to occur as a result because Cohen Media Group is itself focused on independent films and has promoted many of the same titles in the US as Curzon has in the UK.

"Among exhibitors and distributors of great films, there are few names in the international marketplace as important as Curzon and Curzon's Artificial Eye," said Charles S Cohen, who founded the US group. "We are thrilled to unite with this honoured brand and I look forward to working with Philip and Curzon's highly experienced senior management team. Together, we will carry forward the Curzon brand with plans to expand it in a thoughtful and measured way."

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