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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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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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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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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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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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Cinema offers rocket-fuelled movies that reach for the stars

OWEN HETHERSAY previews November’s films at the David Lean It’s no secret that the BBC’s Graham Norton Show long ago abandoned any pretence to being an old-school chat show, where the guests might offer anecdotes and talk about themselves, and … Continue reading

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Movie star Fox to answer questions on Passage To India

The David Lean Cinema makes something of a return to its roots in October with the screening of its eponymous director’s last film, A Passage To India, with a question and answer session afterwards featuring actor James Fox and Lean’s … Continue reading

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Actor Scanlan to talk in pitiless close-up about her latest part

One of the great achievements of the David Lean Cinema campaigners over the past five years or so has been their ability to organise events around their movie screenings in the Clocktower’s arthouse picture house, pulling in some fascinating and … Continue reading

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Cinema backs Kenley history project with Battle of Britain film

As the Royal Air Force marks its centenary today with a spectacular fly-past over the capital, the David Lean Cinema volunteers and the people behind the Kenley history project are combining their efforts to mark one of the most heroic … Continue reading

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David Lean Cinema celebrates the role of its 100 volunteers

It’s Volunteers’ Week from June 1 and the volunteer-run David Lean Cinema is taking time to say “thank you” for the fantastic contribution that its volunteers make. “We have around 100 of them and without their willing help we wouldn’t … Continue reading

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Cinema campaign talks the talk with screening of Slits movie

The David Lean Cinema Campaign has always been about doing a bit more than simply screening films, and they have often staged some intriguing and fascinating discussions around movies, too. Especially if campaign co-founder Adrian Winchester happened to have a … Continue reading

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Movies, moustaches and how to handle a strong leader crisis

  “Life has improved,” the strong leader said. “Life has become more joyous.” Croydon 2017? Nope, Moscow, 1950. Those were the words of Josef Stalin who, post-mortem, bestrides the brilliant horror-satire which is the first presentation of the David Lean … Continue reading

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Are you sitting comfortably? Let the movies begin…

There really are some terrific films on offer at the David Lean Cinema next month. And they can now all be watched from the comfort of a properly furnished and re-upholstered cinema. In November, the cinema is showing the controversial … Continue reading

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Here’s to you Mrs Robinson: memories of the Summer of Love

It’s the Summer of Lurve at the David Lean Cinema, at least for a week or so at the end of next month, when the Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign’s regular screenings resume after a brief summer hiatus with … Continue reading

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RAF Kenley celebrated with screening of Reach for the Sky

There’s more than a sense of stiff upper lip and Battle of Britain spirit about the offerings from the David Lean Cinema for July and (a bit of) August, tickets for which have gone on sale today. For a start, … Continue reading

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Cinema’s global offering for May includes Shakespeare’s Globe

The volunteer-run David Lean Cinema, celebrating the third anniversary of its re-opening this week, has announced plans to branch out in May, with special screenings of Twelfth Night, performed in The Globe Theatre on the South Bank by an all-male … Continue reading

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Celebrations as cinema campaign marks third anniversary

The corks will be popping in the Clocktower next week, as the David Lean Cinema Campaign marks the third anniversary of the cinema reopening. Patrons attending the screenings of Lion next Thursday will be invited to celebrate with a complimentary … Continue reading

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Cinema campaigners re-open Arts Bar for 2017 screenings

The David Lean Cinema enjoyed a 16 per cent increase in ticket sales in 2016, its second full year since Croydon’s arthouse cinema in the Clocktower complex re-opened with a programme selected and managed by a group of volunteers. The … Continue reading

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Musicals, cats and Katwe: David Lean’s ready for Christmas

Cartoons, musicals, movies about cats, and kids playing board games: Christmas can’t be far away. But as you might expect with the David Lean Cinema, Croydon’s arthouse movie programme for December is a touch more involved than that.

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Putin, the Bolshoi Ballet and a long-closed Croydon theatre

The Russian embassy in London has started to promote one of the screenings of Croydon’s arthouse cinema. The David Lean Cinema, in the Clocktower arts complex in the town centre, begins its November programme on Wednesday with a special 60th … Continue reading

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Ballet, Bridget and I, Daniel Blake on offer in November

As the winter nights draw in, so the David Lean Cinema programme becomes a touch more reflective on the history of the cinema, and Croydon. There’s strong women, as actors and as characters, throughout the Clocktower’s arthouse cinema’s November programme. … Continue reading

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