A legendary arthouse and independent film venue on Shaftesbury Avenue, our three-screen cinema has seen it all, from film premieres and festivals to Q&As and special events. With two busy bars and atmospheric underground lounge, Curzon Soho is much more than just a cinema: it’s a place where filmmakers meet and make movie magic. Recently refurbished by interior designers Rockett St George, the lounge includes a comfortable private alcove that houses a collection of historic film posters and images from the Curzon archive. 


99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY

Tube: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus.
Buses: 14, 19, 38. 
Rail: Charing Cross


All levels and all three screens have wheelchair access. An infrared loop system for the hard of hearing is installed. There are regular subtitled screenings of English language films for the hard of hearing. Please check our listings for upcoming screenings. 


All screens and bars at Curzon Soho are available for hire. Please contact our Private Hire team to find out more.

The opening night of the X-rated Lolita at Curzon Soho (then Columbia cinema) in 1962


Deep in the heart of Soho, Curzon’s flagship venue has established itself as the country’s busiest arthouse cinema. Building on the site of the bombed Shaftesbury Pavilion of 1912, Harold Wingate had planned a sister site to the Curzon in Mayfair, but eventually the cinema was leased to Columbia Pictures and in February 1959, the Columbia Cinema opened with Gigi. Equipped to show 70mm, the cinema was sunk into the basement of a large office block. A generous foyer led down to toilets, cloakrooms and a kiosk, and then it was down another level to the 734-­seat screen.

A lack of product from the studio and increased local competition led to Cannon Classic taking over the lease in 1982. Dolby stereo was installed but their time was short lived when in 1984 the cinema became an art­house venue for the first time under the guise of the Premiere Cinema, opening with John Cassavetes’ Love Streams. This too was short­lived and the cinema fell into the open arms of Roger Wingate, who completed his father’s vision by partnering it with the Curzon in Mayfair. In 1985, the Curzon West End was born.

In 1998, the cinema was divided into a three screen complex and renamed Curzon Soho. With a fully licensed bar on the mezzanine level, the venue has proved hugely successful, voted London’s Number One cinema by Time Out readers. 


Find out what we are doing about it


Curzon Soho is the home of our Filmmakers Club, a very special film club that allows people in the film industry to see the best new independent releases for a fiver on a Friday morning. Join now!


Curzon Soho is under threat from developers! Sign the petition and help us save it.