CURZON SOHO IS UNDER THREAT

Curzon Soho is under threat and we need your help to save it.

Curzon Soho is an icon of independent cinema in London and has recently been declared a 'surface of interest' by Transport for London, meaning that the much loved cinema could be destroyed to make way for Crossrail 2 developments.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

If you love the cinema as much as we do, you can help in three ways: 

1) Sign and share the online petition to Save Curzon Soho here.

2) Watch and share Ragged Crow's Curse for Curzon film - NSFW! More information on the making and background to the film below and here.

3) Send us your own movie curse scenes on social media with the hashtag #CurseforCurzon

MORE INFORMATION

The SAVE CURZON SOHO Campaign has been highlighted in the media. See below for more information: 

The ObserverThe Guardian / Screen International / Soho Radio


NEWS FROM THE #SAVECURZONSOHO CAMPAIGN

FROM NEW YORK WITH LOVE: IRA SACHS X SAVE CURZON SOHO

The brilliant (and frankly adorable) New York auteur Ira Sachs (Little Men; Love Is Strange) has joined our campaign! 

Ira Sachs, who was recently the subject of a MoMA retrospective, is gradually becoming the quietly powerful voice of art vs the brutal homogenisation of culture in the modern world. So we're particularly touched that he has spoken up to save our "incredible cinema town" with its historic theatres - including Curzon Soho (and Curzon Mayfair) !

Ira's sensitive and smart new film Little Men tells a story of the impact of gentrification on the people of New York, seen through the prism of a beautiful friendship between two young boys. It's playing from Friday 23 September at Curzon Cinemas and on Curzon Home Cinema (where you can also catch his previous film Love Is Strange, the affecting story of an ageing couple played by Alfred Molina and John Lithgow, who are pushed out of their apartment by unaffordable rents and discrimination). Thank you Ira, and we <3 NY too!


CURZON MAYFAIR ALSO UNDER THREAT

You're busy saving one cinema and suddenly another one is under threat! Our sister venue Curzon Mayfair (the original Curzon Cinema in Curzon street, built in 1934 and one of the first cinemas in London to show foreign language films, so yeah, no big deal for a world capital of culture, right?) is now under threat from closure in a dispute with the landlord. You can read more here from the good folks at TimeOut, and here's the original article from The Evening Standard.  Our CEO Philip Knatchbull appeared on ITV News London to talk about the situation (watch clip below). And we received support from absolute legends including Ken Loach/Sixteen Films, Sam Neill (who also posed for a photo to #SaveCurzonSoho - see below) and Jonathan Romney.

 

An absolute champ, our friend Pancho has started a petition to #SaveCurzonMayfair, which has picked up just under 20,000 signatures in the space of 4 days. Please sign and share it? 


WILDERPEOPLE FIGHTING TO SAVE CINEMA!

Stars of Taika Waititi's delightful new Kiwi hit Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Julian Dennison and Sam Neill (The Piano, Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders) popped by Curzon Soho for a fun-packed, 100% sold out Q&A on Sunday 19 September. Hopefully not an Omen that things should come to The Final Conflict, the great Sam Neill kindly joined our battle against the evil forces. Thank you so much Sam - we'll add wine-making and farming to our weapons and skills.


CHRISSIE HYNDE SAYS "I'LL STAND BY YOU"

Our long line of amazing of supporters is growing by the day. The leader of The Pretenders, rockstar extraordinaire Chrissie Hynde, was in Soho a few days ago but couldn't pose for a photo by our superhero wall, so she sent us this lovely shot from home to say "I'll Stand by You"! Thank you so much for your support. We <3 you Chrissie!


Thomas Jerome Newton: Do you think I could have something to drink?
Mary-Lou: Are you sure you should drink?
Thomas Jerome Newton: I’d like a glass of...
Mary-Lou: Gin? A nice gin and tonic with four cubes of ice and a slice of lime. Hmm. How’s that sound mister?
Thomas Jerome Newton: Just a glass of water.
— The Man Who Fell to Earth

DAVID BOWIE DAY: COCKTAILS & COMPETITION

September 9th is approaching fast and tickets are very close to selling out, so book now or miss the spaceship!

Gin genies rejoice: you won't have to stick to a glass of water like our alien friend, because there will be a special Bowie-infused cocktail menu on the night, offering a twist on the Manhattan (Who Fell to Earth), G&TVC15, Thin White Russian Dukes and more. 

COMPETITION

We've got five amazing bags of collector's items including The Man Who Fell to Earth limited edition posters plus DVDs. 

To win, turn up at our special screening dressed in your favourite Bowie-themed outfit. Most outrageous/impressive/odd/inspired wins!

 

ISABELLE HUPPERT: SUPERHERO

Isabelle Huppert dropped by after a lively and inspiring Q&A for Mia Hansen-Løve's brilliant new film Things to Come. You can hear our interview with Madame Huppert on the Curzon podcast

We've also teamed up with Soho's quintessential French institution Brasserie Zédel for an exclusive competition to win lovely French food and goodies, and a special promotion for Soho dwellers who see the film with us to get a free Martini...


PEDRO SAYS SAVE CURZON SOHO

Despite the continuous fight to save our cinema, rarely is this campaign on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

But in all honesty we were so excited that we completely lost it when our absolute hero Pedro Almodóvar turned up at Curzon Soho on Friday 12 August to pledge his support.

"I love this place, it's like my home," he confessed to General Manager Christina, and he did talk to her for a little while.

The Oscar-winning director (and the greatest Spanish filmmaker alive, IMHO) was in town for the premiere of his upcoming film Julieta

Don't know what we've done to deserve this, but we're in a labyrinth of passion for you Pedro. Hope you will volver to Curzon Soho soon.  ¡Muchas gracias!


DAVID BOWIE DAY X SAVE CURZON SOHO: WE CAN BE HEROES! 

Hello, Earthlings. With the splendid 40th anniversary 4K restoration of The Man Who Fell to Earth landing in cinemas on Friday 9th September 2016, we declare this to be David Bowie Day. After a special #SaveCurzonSoho edition of David Bowie Is Walking In Soho tour of the Thin White Duke's locations (see below), we'll gather at the cinema for the unveiling of the film introduced by a special guest (to be announced) and DJs in the Curzon Soho bar, special giveaways and more.

DAVID BOWIE IS WALKING IN SOHO - GUIDED TOUR x #SAVECURZONSOHO

Geoffrey Marsh, Director of Theatre at the V&A and curator of the record-breaking exhibition David Bowie Is, leads a special walking tour of Bowie’s Soho. In the 1960s, Soho and the immediate surrounding area formed the hub for London’s creative industries, especially theatre, music, radio, television, fashion, advertising. Here in 1963, aged 16, David Robert Jones, “Bowie-to-be”, began his first job in advertising and then honed his performance skills until his break through with Space Oddity in 1969.
Discover the Soho that David Bowie knew, revisiting his haunts and hearing stories of his time here, the place that shaped the artist he became.

Friday 9th September, 4.30pm
Duration 90 mins - the walk will end very close to Curzon Soho, in time for the film
Organised by Look Up London walking tours. Book here for the walk.


SAVE CURZON SOHO CAMPAIGN FEATURED ON THE OBSERVER

“There is no substitute for seeing films live, in a cinema, with an audience. “
— Jonathan Romney, The Observer

The Observer published an excellent and detailed article outlining why the battle to save our cinema matters. Jonathan Romney wrote passionately about the campaign and the history of Curzon Soho, featuring interviews with our excellent staff. Read it here.

In the photo below: (l-r): Kumar Muniandy, Jacob Mayfield (front), Steven Booth, Ted Pearce, Marianne Chase (front), Ally Clow, Phu To, Polina Stolarova, Tunde Olubodun. (You may recognise some of the stars of Curse for Curzon!)

Photograph: Suki Dhanda for the Observer


WE'RE PUTTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER! (MAY 2016)

The cult late-night curators Midnight Movies return  for one night only on a mission to Save Curzon Soho with a fun-packed special screening of The Blues Brothers.There will be fancy dress, special cocktails, a soul DJ and a roof-raising performance by a London Choir!  Soul sisters & blues brothers: come shake your tail feather - to save the cinema we need you, you and you


© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. used by permission.

special event: MAPPLETHORPE X SAVE CURZON SOHO (APRIL 2016)

Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures is the first definitive, feature length portrait of the controversial American artist Robert Mapplethorpe since his death from AIDS in 1989.

As part of our campaign, we are proud to present a special panel discussion on the impact of recent urban developments on Soho’s LGBTIQ community, inspired by the life and work of Robert Mapplethorpe.

Much like Curzon Soho, a number of iconic LGBT social and entertainment venues are either under threat of demolition, or have recently been closed in the name of urban development. In its overview of 1970s New York's gay scene, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures clearly shows the importance of spaces like these to generate and preserve a thriving LGBTIQ cultural context where sexuality and creativity can be expressed freely - and safely. 

Panel members include: 

  • Gavin Butt - Professor of Visual Cultures and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London
  • Ben Walters - Journalist, researcher and campaigner who wrote the application that made the Royal Vauxhall Tavern the UK’s first LGBTIQ listed building
  • Marc Thompson, National Co-ordinator Project 100,  Positively UK
  • Robbie DeSantos Head of Campaigns at Stonewall (Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality)
 

DO SOMETHING SPECIAL. DO SOMETHING SOHO.
SPECIAL EVENTS ONLY AT CURZON SOHO THIS WEEK (15-22 APRIL 2016)

On Wednesday 20 April you can eat your way through the delectable, delightful Our Little Sister with Edible Cinema, who present a bespoke menu with Japanese treats to match the scenes of the film - どうぞめしあがれ!  

There's a week or so of special events from Friday 15 April at Curzon Soho: legendary director Peter Greenaway presents his mad and marvellous new film Eisenstein in Guanajuato and joins us for a Q&A. He famously thinks that cinema is dead, but we're pretty sure he doesn't want cinemas to actually die!

On Sunday we have a Mystery Movie - a very exciting upcoming tale--sorry--title. Summer is coming...


SPECIAL EVENT: FREE BEER TO
SAVE CURZON SOHO!

On Friday 1 April* we hosted Victoria: The Berliner Sessions - a very special opening night party for Sebastian Schipper's one-night/one-take Berlin-set thrill ride. There were DJs and every Victoria ticket holder got a free bottle of Berliner Pilsner. *No April's fools, honest: it's really was FREE BEER to save the cinema!

Thank you to all those who attended. If you missed it you can still catch Victoria at Curzon Soho!


On the night of the High-Rise Q&A, cult director and Curzon Soho enthusiast Ben Wheatley joined our campaign to #SaveCurzonSoho from the wrecking ball! This is what he had to say. 

The directors of Anomalisa Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson recently joined our campaign. We asked them what they thought about Curzon Soho being under threat:  "it's a fight to keep [movie theatres] in existence ... We as a society owe it to ourselves to keep these things alive because it's important for us to see things together. DJ: "It's the communal nature of cinema, it's what makes it unique."


Harry Macqueen (director of the beautiful Hinterland and former Curzon Soho staff member has written a blog post with a passionate plea to Save Curzon Soho. Read it now.

Watch Hinterland instantly on Curzon Home Cinema's special Save Curzon Soho Collection


Curzon Home Cinema LAUNCH Save Curzon Soho Collection

Blue is the Warmest Colour - Curzon Artificial Eye

Curzon Home Cinema have created a special Save Curzon Soho collection, so you can look back at some of the most popular films to be screened over the years at our amazing cinema - an important cultural hub in the history of the Soho community and beyond. From Drive, Hinterland and Blue is the warmest Colour to 12 Years a Slave, Frances Ha and 13 Assassins, these films are synonymous with the Curzon Soho programme, one that is renowned for championing the best of Independent cinema by some of the most exciting directors both past and present. 
Read more on Curzon Home Cinema


GOSH! COMICS & SELFMADEHERO TEAM UP FOR THE SAVE CURZON SOHO MURAL

Artists Krent Able and JAKe at work on Save Curzon Soho mural - photo by Lilly Gallafent @LilN1

In collaboration with Gosh! Comics and Self-Made Hero, Curzon Soho now hosts a mural showcasing an array of characters from cinema history and the streets of Soho. How many can you name? The mural was designed and drawn by leading artists Krent Able and JAKe. You too can be a hero: share your best shots of you favourite characters using #SaveCurzonSoho.

Watch JAKe and Krent as they create the mural


CURSE FOR CURZON

We tried to be polite but the developers wouldn't listen. Now we're mad as hell and we're not going to take this anymore! Armed with a bunch of staff and cinema lovers who care for Curzon Soho, we are sending a message out to the powers that be with a short film. Join us in this campaign: send us your best film cursing using #CurseforCurzon!


History OF CURZON SOHO

The opening night of Stanley Kubrick's X-rated Lolita

Deep in the heart of Soho, Curzon’s flagship venue has established itself as the UK’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 films, 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. 

Curzon Soho regularly hosts a number of international events of great renown including the London Film Festival, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and many high profile Q&As with filmmakers and stars including Ken Loach, Viggo Mortensen, Ryan Gosling, Steve McQueen, Asif Kapadia, Joanna Hogg, Charlie Brooker, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Viv Albertine.



REAL LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Photo by Lauren Ambersley Brown - City & Islington College

Photo by Lauren Ambersley Brown - City & Islington College

This collection of images by photography students of City & Islington College and City of Westminster College shows the changing faces of Soho, an area renowned for its cultural, artistic and social diversity. 

Supported and curated by Curzon Cinemas and RealLife Photography Exhibitions and Awards, this collection represents a snapshot of one of London’s most interesting districts at a time of rapid change.

The exhibition was hosted at Curzon Soho between in January 2016. View more of the students’ Soho images in the online gallery: www.reallife.photography


SAVE CURZON SOHO ON SOHO RADIO

The Soho Society Hour presented by Clare Lynch and Leslie Hardcastle on Soho Radio.  Here are two episode of the programme that focus on the campaign.

Find out more about The Soho Society.


who's TALking aBUOT #SAVECURZONSOHO?

Actor Matt Smith (Doctor Who) pledged his support to Save Curzon Soho on the occasion of the Lost River Q&A with Ryan Gosling on Wednesday 8 April 2015 in London. 

Punk legend and award-winning author Viv Albertine in front of the Save Curzon Soho mural


Danny Boyle says Save Curzon Soho