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Curzon Bloomsbury

Cinemas Bloomsbury
4 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Curzon Bloomsbury, 2018

A popular member of the Curzon family. This intimate five-screen cinema is located on the eastside of the Brunswick Centre, where there are a variety of shops and restaurants to satisfy you before settling into a film. Curzon Bloomsbury is also home to Bertha Dochouse – the UK's first dedicated documentary theatre.

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Venue name: Curzon Bloomsbury
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Address: The Brunswick Centre
London
WC1N 1AW
Transport: Tube: Russell Sq
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tastemaker

I am not a big blockbusters fan, and I am not a fan of being surrounded by frenetic popcorn eaters either. I was naturally exposed to discover new form of cinemas. Ciné Lumière is a great place to watch independent European movies, but going to South Kensington when you're a northerner sounds a bit like an expedition. So I was looking for places to watch the last Xavier Dolan (here I am a big fan) and came across the Curzon Cinemas. What a discovery! Curzon cinemas is actually playing independent movies, from Europe and from around the world. The place looks like an hotel, you can have a glass of wine at the cosy bar before going to your movie. The room is not too big, not too small. Your neighbours are very respectful and do what they came here to do: watching. Not eating, chatting, or answering their phones. I have tried other Curzon but the one in Bloomsbury is the most enjoyable one. Their membership is very interesting too, definitely worth having a look at it.


The films being shown at this cinema are carefully curated. I chose to go there because this Curzon was the only place showing the one I wanted to see (a Werner Herzog documentary) at a conveninent time. The ticket prices are also reasonable. 

However, the cinema's space is very confusing. Long corridors along two subterranean floors, with minimal information as to where each one leads makes the experience very claustrophobic. From what I understood the many screens in the cinema are divided into groups and named after people rather than just being numbered. To me the space could be less pretentious and have more practicality. 


Still I really recommend this cinema because of the interesting selection of films on show.

tastemaker

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.

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. 

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.

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!

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.

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