Curzon Bloomsbury

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Venue name: Curzon Bloomsbury
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Address: The Brunswick
London
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Transport: Tube: Russell Sq
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  • Time Out says
    • 3 out of 5 stars
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Overseen by Bergman’s daughter Isabella Rosselini, this heartfelt documentary digs deep into the Swedish siren’s own archive of home movie footage and diary entries (read by ‘Danish Girl’ actress Alicia Vikander) to offer an intimate and at times ...
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    ‘Holy. Almost.’ That’s Ukrainian pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko speaking. He’s the charismatic star of this doc produced by Terrence Malick, and he’s talking to a man he’s dragged out of a sewer that’s home to street children in the city of Mariupol. T...
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    Who would make an entire movie about man's best friend? Not, it turns out, misanthropic writer-director Todd Solondz ('Happiness'). Boasting a cast of exquisitely neurotic Dachshunds, 'Wiener-Dog' follows the story of one dog falling into a series...
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    The Romeo and Juliet story never gets old, but the mix of youthful romance and rivalry has rarely been put across with such brute force as in this sinewy Belgian drama. The outline is familiar, as 15-year-old Mavela (Martha Canga Antonio, a real ...
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    • 5 out of 5 stars
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    • 4 out of 5 stars
    Actor-turned-director Brady Corbet wears a whole bunch of literary, historical and cinematic references on his sleeve with this shadowy psychodrama set in France in 1919. Wrapped in an intense and nerve-plucking score by Scott Walker that adds to ...
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Chloe M
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This Curzon, set in a Brutalist playground in Bloomsbury, is a real Aladdin’s Cave – 2 subterranean floors with their own bars and screens that have been designed with film purists in mind.

Comfort is ensured by the spacious and reclining seats. It's substantial and intimate simultaneously.

There's a vast and eclectic array of movies and events on the schedule – I will certainly be returning very soon for the Tarkovsky retrospective season.

This building is designed to embody what the cinema experience should be – an immersive and engulfing experience.

rpate
Tastemaker

Given the cost of a film ticket, a cinema needs a wow factor to justify the admission price. I’m a member of the grandiose and opulent Picturehouse Central in Leicester Square and still wince at peak prices; however, this is overlooked because the venue is utterly breath-taking. My expectations are therefore great and summarised as: superlative handmade treats (Crosstown donuts at the Picturehouse Central has ruined me); a casual but chic bar or lounge; helpful and engaged staff; plush fittings and handsome surroundings…And that’s just the non-negotiables.


I attended a screening of a documentary and live Q&A session at the Curzon Bloomsbury in June 2016 and this was my first visit to the venue formerly known as the Renoir. Billed as an arthouse cinema that specialises in independent films and documentaries, our event was held in the Bertha DocHouse located on the bottom floor. It’s a small but spacious bed of luxury: back rows comprised couches for couples and- closer to the screen- there are single reclining chairs. Ample legroom and convenient nest tables on armrests make the experience very, very comfortable. There’s a small bar conveniently situated adjacent to the screen serving a range of drinks- mixed or otherwise- that could be brought into the cinema. It’s extremely civilised.


The setting was perfect for the Q&A in particular- obviously designed for this purpose, there’s adequate space at the front of the room to host the seated guests, but spectators are close enough that a microphone isn’t strictly necessary (good acoustics too!). It’s both intimate and relaxed.


In general, my perception of the Curzon was that it was more upscale than I expected- there are bars on the two lower floors that were well-stocked and provide a sophisticated air and trendy ambiance. Staff were immaculately presented and courteous- it felt like being in a swanky central cocktail bar rather than a cinema on a Wednesday evening.


Very favourable impressions all around and another bonus: the cinema is easily accessible, being a very short jaunt from the Russell Square underground station. They have an excellent programme of upcoming events, many of which include Q&A sessions, so I’ll certainly keep them in mind for the next ground-breaking documentary. 


At least the bar is welcoming, because I usually need a stiff drink after anything too haunting or emotionally charged. 

Sohère R
Tastemaker

A beautiful cozy art house cinema, with reclining comfortable seats, a lovely bar and funky toilets.  Just a few minutes walk from Russell Square Tube Station and set in the Brunswick Centre, surrounded by lovely shops and restaurants. A great escape from generic cinema chains and the hustle and bustle of Central London.

Babs - Working Girl London
Tastemaker

What a wonderful cinema! The screens are huge, with only about 6 rows of seating so you're never too far from the screen. The chairs are wonderfully comfortable, with a reclining function. You can also get double seats which let you relax with your other half without an annoying armrest in the way. Tickets are a bit pricey but reasonable for the experience you get - no sticky floors, stunted view or tiny screen. Great for those occasional movies that you are really excited to see!

Carly-Ann Clements
Staff Writer

I very rarely go to arthouse cinemas but when I do, I remember how lovely they are. This Curzon is no exception. The Phoenix screen (where I watched an animated movie tonight) was compact to say the least. Only 28 seats for the whole cinema but, to be honest, the intimacy was fitting for the movie. The seats are remarkably comfortable and have a slight recline function. This can be a bit frustrating when you start to really relax into the chair and eventual notice that you're at a 45 degree angle and have to readjust. 


The popcorn was great and they serve a decent menu of drinks. Ticket prices are a little steep but not remarkably expensive compared to larger chains and drinks and snacks for four (including two alcoholic drinks) was £20.


All in all, a great trip to the cinema. I would definitely recommend visiting but possibly not for an action or blockbuster film.