Croydon Clocktower: David Lean Cinema

Cinemas , Independent Croydon
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(22 user reviews)
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Venue name: Croydon Clocktower: David Lean Cinema
Address: Croydon Clocktower
Katherine Street
Transport: Rail: East Croydon rail
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Sue F

Great films that are not mainstream. Very friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely recommend!

hilary f

This is a small, friendly cinema showing a wide range of films, including foreign films not shown at mainstream cinemas. It is entirely staffed by volunteers who are friendly and welcoming. There's a bar and you can take a drink into the cinema. In a nutshell: civilised filmgoing.

May S

Small, friendly, and with an audience of true film-lovers. Great programme each month with a mixture of classics, new releases and, best of all, intriguing foreign films which would be very hard to find elsewhere. Prices are suited for those of most slender means, and this venue adds enormously to culture in the area.

Ryan E

Now run by volunteers, this may not be quite the gem it once was before it was idiotically closed by the local council. However, it still offers locals a chance to see films that may not have been given an airing in the local multiplex. It is also reasonably priced, has a small cafe attached to it and the cinema itself is cosy but well appointed. The only drawback is that the voluntary nature necessitates a limited number of screenings each week (Tuesday and Thursday only).

Nigel F

Interesting films shown in cosy, comfortable surroundings - with a good adjoining bar.

Rachael C

The David Lean is a little gem of a cinema, showing brilliant films both old and new.

Rachael C

The David Lean is a little gem of a cinema, showing brilliant films both old and new.

Pingo P

Thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, it has risen like phoenix from the ashes of the former Tory council's arts policy. If only they were able to show a full programme again

Adrian W

A much-loved venue only open due to the efforts of local people who brought it back to life as a non-profit community initiative, following a three-year closure. It's a cosy 68 seat cinema in an interesting location where the 1990s Clocktower complex meets the Victorian Town Hall. And the programming includes imaginative film choices that you would often have to travel some distance to see elsewhere.

Gilly F

Friendly and accessible and always has a varied choice of good films you don't get anywhere else.

Judith L

Great little cinema. If you miss the latest film you can see it a few weeks later and they also show some foreign and low budget films that aren't shown at the mutliplexes. I renewed my interest in films when I discovered this cinema. There's also a nice bar area.

Ian R

Great films no hassle with other people's mobiles and all round courtesy from both film goers and volunteers, good access.

Steven D

Inspired by the late Ronnie Corbett and after articles on, this art house cinema was rescued by the Save the David Lean Campaign after closure by Tory cuts, and it now flourishes offering a terrific selection of movies away from the dire multiplexes. A real triumph for local activism

Jenny H

Good films, pleasant environment (no popcorn) helpful volunteers. A very pleasant place to spend an evening.

Mary S

Runs by volunteers it is a small gem in the heart of Croydon, showing a range of great films mainly in the afternoon and evening about twice a week. The excellent programme includes foreign films, documentaries, classics as well as the best of latest releases. There are even showings for Babes in arms. Highly recommended.

Adrian A

A great selection of films from blockbusters to art house foreign, intimate cinema based in one of the town's most opulent buildings.

Heather H

A brilliant little arthouse cinema, the only one located further out than Brixton, run entirely by volunteers. It was resurrected from the ashes of local council cuts 2 years ago after an active and popular campaign fr its re-opening. An intimate, friendly place with only 68 seats, but these professional-standard volunteers make it pay its way with no external funding.

Janet S

This 68 seat venue much loved by locals was mothballed by Croydon Council in 2011 Arts cuts. Volunteer run CIC group, The Save The David Lean Cinema Campaign reopened the cinema on 24th March 2014 and are showing on average 9 films a month of the same diverse and Art House quality that cinema goers came to expect from the original. Great atmosphere, friendly volunteers and top quality films.


Croydon's very own art-house cinema!  Excellent mix of films, ranging from niche documentaries, foreign/arthouse films to recent multiplex movies (albeit those usually aimed at the grey pound).  Well run and friendly, worth booking in advance if you can as screenings often sell out.  The Clocktower is a Croydon treasure as well, a beautiful building - it ain't all 60s skyscrapers!