Curzon Community Cinema

46 Old Church Road,
Clevedon, BS21 6NN

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Curzon Community Cinema

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The Curzon Cinema claims to be the oldest purpose-built and continuously operated movie theatre in the world. The Curzon Picture House was opened on 20th April 1912, just two days after RMS Titanic sank. The cinema was enlarged to the current building in the 1920’s without ever closing.

Another feature of the Curzon Cinema that makes it unique are the theater’s walls and roof, which are lined with tin pressed paneling that was imported from America. It has a 32 feet wide proscenium, a stage 17 feet deep, with two dressing rooms. The building also had a cafe and dance hall attached.

The Curzon Cinema was saved from closure in 1996 following a public outcry, and is now operated as a registered charity. Originally the seating capacity was for 750 in stalls and circle. Today, only the stalls area is being used, with a false ceiling extending across from the circle front. Renovation plans include opening up the circle again to reveal the entire auditorium.

The Curzon Cinema is a Grade II Listed building.

Contributed by Christopher Brain

Recent comments (view all 8 comments)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 6, 2006 at 4:37 pm

This is a recent photo of the Curzon Cinema.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 5, 2006 at 4:01 pm

Here is another recent photo of the Curzon Community Cinema.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 18, 2007 at 3:58 pm

A 2007 photo showing the Curzon Community Cinema can be seen here.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on June 6, 2007 at 1:09 pm

Another 2007 photograph with further details of the Curzon Community Cinema:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 19, 2007 at 7:53 pm

This is another photo of the Curzon Community Cinema.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 5, 2007 at 5:17 am

A vintage photograph showing the original auditoruim of the Curzon Cinema. Hopefully this will soon be revealed again and restored:

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 18, 2008 at 6:54 pm

Here is a 2008 b/w photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 1, 2009 at 1:16 pm

This is another color photo.

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