‘For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.’ Alfred Hitchcock
This week saw the Jack street team in Sheffield promoting the opening of the new Curzon cinema on George Street. Built in 1793, the building was once the head office for the Sheffield Banking Company. Curzon cinemas have an MO for choosing unusual or obscure buildings in which to house their cinemas, the Canterbury venue was once a drill hall for the Territorial Army during WWI, while the Curzon in London’s Soho was built on the bombed site of the Shaftesbury Pavillion.
It was recently announced that the Curzon’s flagship Soho cinema, London’s most popular and busiest arthouse cinema, could be facing closure in order to make way for the Crossrail 2 development. A petition has been started and famous people have signed, including actors Mark Gatiss and Alice Lowe.
As you know Jack loves anything with a good heritage, as well as great history within those walls, they also serve-up the most fabulous cakes and not to mention the great films. The popularity of independent cinemas and the opening of the Sheffield venue surely proves that these smaller, familiar and friendly cinemas remain in strong demand and we sincerely hope that the Soho cinema will continue for at least another hundred years to come.
Curzon Sheffield opens on Friday 9 January 2015.