Located in the Brunswick just off Russell Square, this historic arthouse cinema was recently refurbished to the highest technology and design specs. All screening rooms have Sony 4K projectors, and the main screen is only the second venue in central London to adopt Dolby Atmos sound system for a multidimensional cinema experience, making it the ideal location for film premieres and galas. Influenced by the materials and style of post-war Modernism, as well as films by Tarkovsky and Greenaway, the redesign of Curzon Bloomsbury by architect Takero Shimazaki is intended to showcase great films in a minimalist setting. The cinema's furniture was created according to original designs by renowned British modernist Eileen Gray and supplied by Aram. The five screens are named after historic venues operated by Curzon since 1934, including the Renoir. The largest theatre-style auditorium (Renoir) seats up to 150 and includes a separate VIP balcony. The more intimate screening rooms seat between 50 and 28. Fully licensed bars are on three levels including a ground floor foyer with outdoor seating.
38 Curzon Street, London, W1J 7TY
Tube: Green Park, Hyde Park Corner (exit 3).
Buses: 14, 19, 22, 36, 38, 73, 82, 137 (nearest stop: Hilton Park Lane).
Disabled access is provided on entrance to the building via a stair lift, and directly into the screen via another dedicated lift.
Ideal for classy premieres as well as a range of events, all screens and bars at Curzon Mayfair are available for hire. Please contact our Private Hires team to find out more.
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A cinema has existed in the Brunswick since the 1970s under different names and managing companies. Originally named the Bloomsbury Cinema, this arthouse cinema was the first and only British venture of the American-based Walter Reade Organisation, who aimed to capitalise on custom from local university students.
Opening in January 1972 with Michael Cacoyannis' The Trojan Women, the cinema consisted of a single screen with 490 pedestal-style seats, located in a basement in the newly-built Brunswick Square development.
In May 1974 it was taken over by EMI and reopened as the ABC Bloomsbury and eventually renamed the EMI International Film Theatre in January 1977, with a programming policy of off-beat foreign films. After only a year, the cinema was rented to Barbara and David Stone's Cinegate which operated the Gate Cinema in Notting Hill Gate. Renamed the Gate 2, it opened in February 1978 with Derek Jarman'sJubilee. Shortly after, the auditorium was split down the middle to create two mirror-image screens seating 266 each, called Gate Bloomsbury 1 and 2 respectively.
After a short period of closure and a refurbishment by architects Burrell Foley Associates, it re-opened under the management of Artificial Eye, and on Friday 9 May 1986, it was renamed the Renoir Cinema. On the opening day, Agnes Varda'sVagabond played in Screen One, whilst Peter Smith'sNo Surrender filled the other.
Showing first runs of Artificial Eye's titles, the cinema became a solid success. Following the impressive development of the surrounding Brunswick Centre in 2006 followed by the union with Curzon Cinemas, Renoir has been given a renewed lease of life.
Following a special screening of Jean Renoir's Boudu Saved from Drowning on 1 June 2014, the Renoir Cinema closed for refurbishment. In March 2015 it reopens its doors as a six-screen venue named Curzon Bloomsbury with a special festival celebrating Auteur cinema. In its first few months of operation Curzon Bloomsbury showcased films by Olivier Assays, Edgar Reitz and Carol Morley, and the first Q&A in the relaunched cinema was with Roy Andersson for the release of A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.