General Manager, The Castle Cinema


The Castle Cinema is a new, independent venue in Hackney, and the reincarnation of one of London’s earliest cinemas! Built in 1913 as The Castle Electric Theatre, the original cinema closed in 1958 but re-opened in 2017 after a successful crowdfunding campaign.


The General Manager is the glue which holds together an exciting mixture of people, projects and priorities. They’ll manage our team and our day-to-day operations, including the cinema, bar, hires, events and company administration. This is a new role to enable the directors to focus on specific areas of the business.


  • Take overall responsibility for the management of the venue, and provide leadership to maximise success.

  • Lead the team - recruiting, training and retaining great staff to ensure outstanding customer service and staff satisfaction. Manage the rota and be a regular presence on shifts.

  • Work with the directors on planning & development, providing direction and growth for the business and its staff

  • Manage the daily operations, maintaining clean & tidy spaces and a well-stocked bar.

  • Line manage the Duty Managers to ensure the effective running of the front-of-house & bar, and the smooth running of the venue from a technical perspective

  • Work with the Programme Director to deliver the programme and marketing; maximising audiences through memberships, subscribers, social media and printed materials

  • Work with the Operations Director to maintain and improve the space & systems

  • Uphold health & safety, food hygiene and licensing requirements, ensuring compliance at all times, that full records are kept, and the safety of staff & customers is not compromised.

  • Manage the cinema’s finances & administration - control costs and budgets, and set staffing to anticipated business levels. Keep accurate records and report on performance.

  • Organise and host private hires, film festivals and other bookings

  • Undertake FOH shifts when needed (inc. evenings and weekends)

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