New Cross gets new Curzon cinema on Goldsmiths’ campus

As pioneering partnership between Goldsmiths, University of London & Curzon Cinemas ends 15-year drought of a full-time cinema in Lewisham.

The new Curzon cinema at Goldsmiths campus in New Cross SE14 - Photo credit: Goldsmiths

The 101-seat venue opening at the end of this month is in the Richard Hoggart Building.  And will show the usual art-house Curzon mix of the best in cinema from across the globe as well as documentaries including special director Q&A sessions.

It is the first such partnership between a cinema company and a university, giving Goldsmiths one of the country’s best campus cinemas in the country. Thus making Curzon Goldsmiths, part of the Curzon Connect initiative that includes the Soho Curzon, Arthouse Crouch End, Curzon Mondrian London and Pinewood Cinema.

The new development builds on Goldsmiths’ film and cinema heritage. Which includes distinguished Alumni, Oscar-winners Steve McQueen (for direction), Colin Welland, who died last year (for screenwriting). Other alumni include, Sam Taylor-Johnson and the Bollywood actress, Kalki Koechlin. And it is said that during the first half of the 20th century, Sir Alfred Hitchcock studied a series of art courses at Goldsmiths.

The screening facility with space for two wheelchair users will show films to the public on weekday evenings and all day at weekends – While being used for teaching during weekdays, and available for exclusive use by Goldsmiths students and staff until 6pm Monday to Friday.

Patrick Loughrey,  the Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London said: “Cinema has always been a vital part of Goldsmiths. From Oscar-winners to the use of film in research and teaching across the university, we have a rich screen heritage.”

With the COO of Curzon, Mel Alcock, saying: “We are delighted to be working together with Goldsmiths to bring diverse, high-quality independent film programming to the local community.

“Through the Curzon Connect programme, we pride ourselves in working with like-minded organisations and look forward to seeing this new screen work in tandem with upcoming educational strands and courses presented at the campus.”

Ticket prices range from £6 to £12 with all students paying £7.

Source: Goldsmiths website



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