Join Our Team - Cinema Operations and Programme Manager

Purpose of Job

The Cinema Operations and Programme Manager will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operation of all audience facing activity at the cinema, creating an environment where staff and volunteers feel trusted, empowered, engaged and audiences feel welcome.

They will manage the operational delivery of the commercial activities of the venue (ticket sales, secondary sales and private hires) and work with the Head of Cinema to feed that into the ongoing development and management of a sustainable business model which works to deliver the strategic aims of Leeds Heritage Theatres.

Through the Programming element of the role, they will work with the Head of Cinema and the wider Picture House team to help shape the cinema’s programme, combining a wide range of new releases with defined programming strands including but not limited to family friendly, cult, archive. This will be managed in line with the cinema’s growing audience development strategy, and mindful of the target audiences identified in that strategy.

About You

You will be passionate about film in any form and eager to work with us to find ways of making the cinema more inclusive and welcoming.

You will be experienced in task, financial and people management and have an appreciation of the Hyde Park Picture House’s role in the cultural and film sector both in the Leeds City Region and the North.

You will be eager for an opportunity to experience the world of cinema management in a small but caring and passionate team in a period of exciting change.

For further information on the role, see the job description.

About Us

Leeds Heritage Theatres is a registered charity united by a single cause; to bring people together, create the extraordinary and provide a positive environment in which to entertain and educate.

Our three venues – Leeds Grand Theatre, City Varieties Music Hall and the Hyde Park Picture House – collectively present the very best in live performance, music, comedy and film; drawing audiences of around 350,000 a year from the Leeds city region and beyond.

We’re proud of who we are and what we do. With our combined, unique skills, we make a real difference. We inspire one another. We become stronger. Everyone is welcome to share in this labour of love.

A group of Leeds Grand Theatre staff celebrating the 140th birthday with a Jersey Boys themed cake and giant 140 balloons.

Salary and Benefits

Contract: 12 months fixed term with the aim of making a permanent appointment if the position is successful

Responsible to: Head of Cinema

Responsible for: Deputy Operations Manager, Venue/Front of House Co-ordinators, Housekeeping (post-reopening)

Salary: £28,590

Holiday Entitlement: 23 days plus bank holidays


  • Generous average salary pension scheme
  • Regular staff offers and discounts for our own venues and local businesses
  • Free to use Employee Assistance Programme that supports your health and wellbeing
  • Generous health and sickness benefits

Probation Period: Six months

Notice Period : Three months

Hours: 37 per week usually worked over five days including some evening and weekend working


To apply

Please fill out the application elements below and email to with the title of the role you are applying for as the email subject.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 3 December 2021.

Cinema Operations and Programme Manager

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