Picturehouse Cinemas’ Clare Binns, Odeon Dorchester and Glasgow Film Theatre were the big winners at last night’s high profile Screen Awards ceremony.

At a starry event held at The Brewery in central London, the UK cinema sector had an opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellence, with over 20 awards handed out to colleagues and companies from across cinema marketing, distribution and exhibition.

Director of Programming and Acquisitions at Picturehouse Cinemas, Clare Binns saw over 40 years in the industry marked by an Exhibitor Achievement Award, sponsored by the UK Cinema Association. Given a standing ovation by the packed audience, in her acceptance speech Clare made a characteristically impassioned plea for continuing support for independent film at a time when major studio films are gathering all the headlines, as well as noting the challenges around diversity that the industry faces.

Elsewhere during the evening Odeon Dorchester beat off stiff competition from a host of worthy rivals to win Cinema of the Year (operator with 25 screens or more)  and in the if anything even more hotly-contested Cinema of the Year (operator with 24 screens or fewer), Glasgow Film Theatre picked up the top prize, the judges also offering a ‘Highly Commended’ award to Genesis Cinema, Mile End.

The full shortlist for each award is below.

Cinema of the year – from a company 25 screens or over

  • Cineworld Cinemas – Feltham, Middlesex
  • Curzon Cinemas – Victoria
  • Odeon – Dorchester
  • Picturehouse – Hackney
  • Showcase Cinemas – Bluewater
  • Vue Entertainment – Westfield, Shepherds Bush

Cinema of the year – from a company with 24 screens or under

  • Genesis Cinema
  • Glasgow Film Theatre
  • Kinema in the Woods
  • Leiston Film Theatre
  • Saffron Screen
  • Showroom Cinema
  • Ultimate Picture Palace