Curzon Community Cinema
46 Old Church Road,
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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.
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