Curzon Mayfair

38 Curzon Street,
London, W1J 7TY

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Located in the fashionable Mayfair district of central London’s West End. The Curzon Cinema, replaced the earlier 1934 Curzon Cinema, opening on 6th April 1966 with Bridget Bardot in “Viva Maria” and 530 seats. It is an elegantly appointed first-class art house. The programming is a fascinating amalgam of current international fare of quality with selected revivals and repertory series.

In 2002, it was converted into a twin screen cinema, with 320 seats in the former front stalls area, which has a screen 43 feet wide by 20 feet high, and 83 seats in the former rear stalls.

The Curzon Mayfair is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

SethLewis on September 19, 2016 at 2:13 pm

Curzon Mayfair under threat…Not good…Next cinema saving campaign in London

cultman1 on September 20, 2016 at 12:12 am

A total nightmare… I cannot believe the greedy landlords and property developers are going to destroy another cinema in London. At this rate we will have none left….

CF100 on September 23, 2016 at 4:01 pm

Presumably a forced attempt at rendering the cinema unviable so as to use the space for more lucrative options. After all £500K, the cited cost of soundproofing, is chump change in terms of “luxury flat” prices in such a location.

cultman1 on September 24, 2016 at 8:01 am

agree but it has got to stop! We have lost n the space of 2 years The Leicester Square Theatre, Odeon Kensington, Odeon Marble Arch,Astoria Charing X road, and probably Curzon Soho, and Curzon Kings Road.

HowardBHaas on September 24, 2016 at 9:07 am

Let’s hope the Curzon fights to stay in this wonderful theater!

rasLXR on September 25, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Don’t forget the Empire Leicester Sq cultman which is not longer a standard cinema even if it is still open. When I started at the Odeon Haymarket in 1977 Odeon alone had the following West End Cinemas:

Odeon Leicester Sq
Leicester Square Theatre
Odeon Haymarket
Odeon St Martins Lane
Dominion Tottenham Crt Rd
Odeon Marble arch
Odeon Kensington
Odeon Swiss Cottage
Odeon Westbourne Grove

Astoria had just closed along with the Metropole and New Victoria.

rasLXR on September 25, 2016 at 2:07 pm

The new Mayor has now stepped in. Sadiq Khan today vowed to protect London’s historic buildings from developers with new planning rules.

The Mayor said he is planning regulations which mean developers building flats near existing venues will be responsible for soundproofing sites.

It comes after more than 25,000 people signed a petition to save Mayfair’s historic Curzon cinema, regularly used for film premieres, from being shut down over a soundproofing dispute.

Developers 38 Curzon ltd, who are converting office space above the cinema into luxury flats, have complained of noise from films shown there.

They want the 82-year-old cinema to foot the £500,000 bill for soundproofing work. But the the Curzon said it cannot afford and would “never obtain approval for as the auditorium and surrounding walls are listed”, according to director of cinema development Rob Kenny.

HowardBHaas on September 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

I’m a lawyer in the States who saw one movie here. My auditorium photos are on this site & remain the only ones there. I know nothing of British law and don’t know what terms might be in the contract or deed the purchaser of the upstairs owner has, but I’d think whoever purchased it should’ve done their “due diligence” in advance to determine any noise issues. That is, the new owners should’ve inspected the upstairs space, and planned in advance to cover costs of soundproofing the upstairs space.

CF100 on September 26, 2016 at 5:39 am

Any changes Sadiq Khan makes would not apply retrospectively; however, as the article notes, the installation of soundproofing was included as a condition of granting planning approval of the 2013 application for this development. (I cannot find the planning application on Westminster Council’s website.)

In the previously linked article ( Westminster Council says “we imposed a condition that protects the future use of the cinema from complaints by residents by making the developer responsible for installing adequate soundproofing. We are now investigating whether this soundproofing has been properly implemented.”

In the article, the developer says “There are a number of outstanding complaints from a number of leaseholders, including existing residents on the third floor, and health and safety issues, and a remedy for volume and vibrations needs to be found.

“Up until now Curzon have simply refused to address the problems which are their responsibility. No changes to the fabric of the cinema have been suggested and no investment has been demanded. Indeed, we have no idea where the earlier reported figure of £500,000 has come from.”

So, from the above, it’s not clear whether the complaints are from leaseholders occupying units pertaining to the 2013 application, and/or otherwise, what type of soundproofing, if any, was installed; and the reference to vibrations suggests that extensive work may be needed; the mere installation of a bit of mineral wool won’t be adequate!

All new dwellings must conform to “Part E” of the Building Regulations (“Resistance to the Passage of Sound”) but AFAIK these would never require sufficient attenuation for movie playback at reference volume levels.

That said, can Curzon not simply apply limiting to all sound channels and possibly turn off the LFE channel, which would not affect dialogue intelligibility?

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