Curzon Cinema

Princess Road, Bowfell Circle,
Urmston, M41 5SQ

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Curzon Cinema

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The Curzon Cinema was a survivor, opening in December 1936, and continued, despite the recent introduction of nearby multiplexes.

Sadly, it was closed on 5th September 2008.

Contributed by Mike Roy

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Divad
Divad on July 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm

The Curzon was built by Ernest Nash-Eaton. He was responsible for around a dozen cinemas around Manchester for the period.
My quest is to find out, or confirm, that this cinema had a Theater Organ at one time.

Divad
Divad on July 14, 2008 at 10:23 am

It is repeatedly suggested that this cinema is not doing too well. Local websites suggest that the lease is up for sale. The building requires much in the way of maintenance and declining patronage is make life difficult all round. Any interest to alleviate this would be welcomed.

Divad
Divad on August 16, 2008 at 4:55 pm

The Curzon has just been granted lottery funds to aid its preservation. As this is the last cinema of three in the district, it comes as great news.

Ian
Ian on August 17, 2008 at 1:06 am

Good news – does this involve refurbishing / enhancing the Curzon, or just subsidising running costs?

Divad
Divad on August 17, 2008 at 5:02 am

From what I have been told the money is to be spent on the cinema itself. Due to a lot of local publicity the number of people visiting the cinema has increased but it created an increase in the complaints about the condition of the building. With brand new opposition from Trafford cinemas, the factor of general comfort becomes a priority on the list. The quality of the films shown is high but if the place is grubby patrons will avoid it. Now it is hoped the repairs will correct this.

Divad
Divad on September 3, 2008 at 3:34 pm

Sad to say that the deal with the Lottery money fell apart. The Curzon closes on September 5th 2008. They have a couple of offers for the place but nothing confirmed.

Derick Moss
Derick Moss on May 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I owned (Leasehold) and ran this twin screen cinema from 1995 to Nov 2004. Just prior to the Trafford Centre opening we invested £20k in new carpet, seats, decor, foyer upgrade/repaint and a new FOH signbox with new logo’s. We also extended the programme to 4 shows daily per screen at weekends, school and bank hols. We maintained first run product and, due to sensible pricing levels at the box office and kiosk, retained a loyal family audience. The building fabric (and 14 separate flat roofs) was a concern when I took over and was costing a fortune to maintain, making the business somewhat unprofitable and eventually non-viable.

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/business/business-news/curzon-keeps-on-reeling-the-cinema-fans-1119243

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/show-goes-on-in-shadow-of-multiplex-1137912

Tinribs
Tinribs on October 5, 2013 at 1:52 am

As aprojectionist who worked there many years ago when it was asingle screen, in answer to the question re the organ it was designed for one but never installed.

                Ray Batten
                  
Mike_Blakemore
Mike_Blakemore on October 24, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I have put a Picture on that I think is The Curzon. Its Poor quailty. But might not be any other available

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