Category Archives: David Lean Cinema Campaign

David Lean Cinema to stage Ukrainian emergency fund-raiser

There is a special charity preview of Olga at the David Lean Cinema tomorrow evening, the result of a partnership between 606 Distribution and the BFI, with the support of the UK Cinema Association. With each ticket sold, a donation … Continue reading

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David Lean Cinema brings Oscar movie CODA to the big screen

The David Lean Cinema is bringing Oscar-winning film CODA to the big screen this month, with screenings that will cater for those with hearing difficulties. As a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), 17-year-old Ruby (Emilia Jones in her first film … Continue reading

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Under The Flyover: star actor Joanna Scanlan interviewed

Joanna Scanlan is the South Croydon-based award-winning actor who has starred in hit TV series including The Thick Of It,  Doc Martin and The Larkins, and who this week was at the David Lean Cinema for a screening of her … Continue reading

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Lean times in January for the Clocktower’s arthouse cinema

The uncertainty and concerns over the Omicron strain of covid-19, and the dithering by central government over the measures to be taken by the hospitality and entertainment sectors, has prompted one venue to take its fate into its own hands … Continue reading

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Spencer saga starts a right royal month at David Lean Cinema

As the soap opera that is the House of Windsor heads into its latest – last? – chapters, with constant and unresolved controversies over Meghan Markle and Prince Andrew, so along comes the latest movie that seeks to feed the … Continue reading

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Time to ‘go on a journey’ as David Lean Cinema re-opens

Multiple Oscar-winning movie Nomadland will delight the audience when they return to the David Lean Cinema as it re-opens on Tuesday following 20 months of covid lockdown restrictions. “We will be screening a range of award-winning films from the past … Continue reading

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David Lean Cinema announces Oct 26 as reopening date

The David Lean Cinema, the much-cherished local arts institution in the Croydon Clocktower, will start showing films again at the end of this month – more than 18 months after being forced to close due to the covid-19 pandemic. “This … Continue reading

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David Lean Cinema postpones reopening until the autumn

It’s been a tough 15 months for the movie enthusiasts and volunteers at the David Lean Cinema, which has been closed since the first covid-19 lockdown was announced in March 2020. For the arthouse cinema in the Croydon Clocktower, with … Continue reading

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Lights! Action! David Lean Cinema has plans to reopen

By Paul Spalding The David Lean Cinema is aiming to re-open its doors to film-goers next month. The 68-seat arthouse venue, whose varied programme is managed by volunteers, has been closed since the start of the covid-19 pandemic in March, … Continue reading

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Cinema campaigners’ inspired guide for lockdown viewing

Two weeks after cancelling their programme of films for the duration of the coronavirus lockdown, the good people at the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign have come up with an ingenious way to help their movie-watching friends get a … Continue reading

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Culture deals with covid-19 without making a song and dance

The sense of doom and gloom caused by the covid-19 pandemic had well and truly taken hold of London by the middle of last week. There was a dark humour about the place reflected by the public address system at … Continue reading

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In Quixote, Gilliam has another great tilt at movie windmills

Orson Welles never did get round to making his movie version of Don Quixote. He started filming it in 1955 and was still talking about it just before he died in 1985. The Man of La Mancha, based on the … Continue reading

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Link-up to Los Angeles to mark David Lean’s 25th anniversary

The David Lean Cinema, Croydon’s much-loved arts cinema, opened in the Clocktower on March 3, 1995, and a special screening next Tuesday will help celebrate the 25th anniversary. Heavenly Creatures, a psychological thriller from Peter Jackson, was the cinema’s first … Continue reading

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David Lean Cinema prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary

Given the huge efforts of the volunteers of the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign, who managed to secure the future of the arts house venue in the Croydon Clocktower after its closure due to austerity cuts, this year’s 25th … Continue reading

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Cats is not the only option for David Lean cinema-goers

No stars. How bad can a film be to be rated as “no stars”, as was the case this week when the national newspaper reviews came out for Cats? You’ll be able to judge for yourself soon enough, as the … Continue reading

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Loach returns with another masterpiece on the state of Britain

Described by critics as one of director Ken Loach’s best, if not the best, it is a pity that the David Lean Cinema were not able to deliver Sorry We Missed You to the widest possible audience before this week’s … Continue reading

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Zellweger as Judy, Knightly in trouble and Calamity with Doris

We are in a climate emergency, in case you hadn’t noticed. But in Australian eco-doc 2040, being screened at the David Lean Cinema next month, solutions that could help to save the planet and which are already readily available are … Continue reading

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Music Relief Foundation screening, David Lean Cinema, Nov 13

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David Lean campaigners seek support for Cinema Museum

The David Lean Cinema, whose volunteers are not unfamiliar with the need for a bit of campaigning now and again, is asking its supporters to lend their signtures to a petition to save the Cinema Museum.

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Demand for Downton prompts early sales at David Lean

What would the present-day inhabitants of Downtown Abbey do if told to expect a royal visit? Check whether Prince Andrew was on the guest list? In the imaginings of (Lord) Julian Fellowes, there’s no such concern for the Granchesters in … Continue reading

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Kenley Revival sees Spitfire flying into David Lean Cinema

Over the past 80 years, the sound of a Merlin engine, humming above Croydon and the rest southern England, has become a reassuring fixture of the summer. In more recent, more benign times, thanking that well-engineered purring sound, and the … Continue reading

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Croydon Windrush Celebration, various venues, starts Jun 12

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Elton and The Beatles have David Lean on song this summer

There was a time, at the height of Hollywood, when music biopics were about long-dead stars, the likes of band leader Glenn Miller and Yankee Doodle Dandy George M Cohan, when the studios could take massive liberties with reality in … Continue reading

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Amazing Aretha will have them weeping in the cinema aisles

When a movie reviewer states, “Don’t bother with tissues. Bring a towel”, it ought to be clear that they have had an emotional experience at the cinema. Aretha Franklin, who died last year, regularly had that effect on people, and … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, David Lean Cinema. And many happy returns

  The drinks were on the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign last week, as they celebrated five years since their return to the Clocktower’s arthouse venue. Movie-goers enjoyed a free drink and nibbles before the screening of Can You … Continue reading

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