Curzon World, the parent company of Curzon cinemas and distribution label Artificial Eye, has appointed former Apollo Cinemas managing director to the role of director of operations for Curzon Cinemas.

The cinema network also announced today the additions of four new cinemas in:

  • Crouch End, London, in the soon-to-open Arthouse centre;

  • Banchory, Scotland, in the existing Woodend Barn arts centre;

  • new-build The Curzon Ripon in North Yorkshire, incorporating two screens, a restaurant, coffee shop and a downstairs cellar bar, set to open in July 2013;

  • the Curzon Stafford, which will see Curzon take operational and programming control of the existing Apollo Stafford cinema in the West Midlands, bought from previous owners Vue.

The Stafford venue will be refurbished, and will continue under the Apollo name for the immediate future before being rebranded.

Exhibition veteran Arthur, who has already taken up his new position, reports to Curzon COO Mel Alcock.

The former Vue, Warner Village and UCI executive is also co-founder of consultancy Digital Cinema Solutions.

Alcock said of Arthur’s appointment: “We are very pleased to be welcoming Rob Arthur into this very important senior position in the Curzon team. He brings a wealth of experience which will prove invaluable as we continue to grow our cinema operation, and expand the reach of the Curzon brand.”