Curzon Cinema & Arts
46 Old Church Road,
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Curzon Cinema & Arts (Official)
Architects: Victor Cox
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: Picture House, Maxime Cinema, Curzon Cinema, Curzon Community Cinema
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- Jul 14, 2012 — Curzon reaches semi-finals of National Lottery Awards
The Curzon Cinema claims to be the oldest purpose-built and continuously operated movie theatre in the world. The Curzon Picture House was opened on 20th April 1912, just two days after RMS Titanic sank. The cinema was enlarged to the current building in the 1920’s without ever closing and the seating capacity was increased to 750 in stalls & circle levels.
Another feature of the Curzon Cinema that makes it unique are the walls and ceiling of the auditorium, which are lined with tin pressed panelling that was imported from America. It has a 32 feet wide proscenium, a stage 17 feet deep, with two dressing rooms. The building also had a café and dance hall attached. Since 1973 only the stalls seating area has been in use, with a false ceilings extended toward the proscenium from the underside of the front of the circle.
The Curzon Cinema was saved from closure in 1996 following a public outcry, and is now operated as a registered charity, renamed Curzon Community Cinema. The false ceiling was removed in late-2020. It was announced in November 2021 that funding has been secured to reopen the circle seating area in 2022.
The Curzon Cinema & Arts is a Grade II Listed building.
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