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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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Cinema offers a cosmopolitan selection of international movies

While Britain may, or may not, be turning its back on Europe at the end of March on Brexit Day, the David Lean Cinema’s programme for the following month serves as a demonstration that, as far as the movies are … Continue reading

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BAFTA Fellow Samuelson to attend David Lean screening

One of the most renowned figures associated with British film-making – Sir Sydney Samuelson – is coming to the David Lean Cinema next Tuesday, to introduce a screening of a recently restored film that his father produced in 1923. A … Continue reading

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Grant’s Oscar nomination shows he’s the genuine article

Oscar life has begun at 60 – well, 62 – for actor Richard E Grant, whose obvious delight at being nominated for an Academy Award, when posted on Twitter, went viral. Grant who has also received Golden Globe and BAFTA … Continue reading

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Cinema campaign group raised £500 with free screenings

Two free screenings over the Christmas period at the Croydon Clocktower’s arthouse movie theatre, the David Lean Cinema, where those attending were encouraged to give their entry price over for charity, raised more than £500 for two local good causes. … Continue reading

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David Lean Cinema’s programme shows Globes’ new reach

With British performers and film-makers winning seven Golden Globes on Sunday, the screen industry in this country appears to be in rude health, and in Oscar month, the programme at the David Lean Cinema – with its new, cut-price ticketing … Continue reading

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David Lean Cinema is cutting its ticket prices from January

Croydon commuters’ rail fares might be going up in January, but cinema-goers’ booking fees are being cut. At least, movie-goers at the David Lean Cinema in the Clocktower on Katharine Street will be getting cheaper tickets for screenings from January … Continue reading

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Cinema to stage free screenings for charity at Christmas

Two movies being shown at the David Lean Cinema over the Christmas period will be free entry – with cinema-goers being asked to donate the cost of their ticket to a very deserving local cause instead. The Save the David … Continue reading

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We are many, they are few, and battles still to be won

The David Lean Cinema is finishing 2018 with a flourish, with a selection of screenings through to the end of the year and into 2019, which are certain to ensure that the arthouse movie auditorium in the Croydon Clocktower will … Continue reading

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