Curzon Soho

Cinemas, Independent Soho
5 out of 5 stars
(22user reviews)
Curzon Soho

Arthouse film fans have been known to go weak at the knees at the mention of the Soho Curzon, which has some of the best programming in London – a mix of arty new releases and documentaries, often introduced by the filmmakers themselves. Watching a film at the Curzon always feels special, surrounded by film lovers without it being pretentious. The coffee is good, the bar relaxed, and if you’re watching a British film, you’ll likely be seeing the finished product a stone’s throw from where it was edited in Soho. Perfect for whiling away a rainy afternoon.


Venue name: Curzon Soho
Address: 99 Shaftesbury Avenue
Opening hours: Box office 0870 756 4620
Transport: Tube: Leicester Sq
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4.6 / 5

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This cinema and its bar / lounge areas are deceptively large - head to the bar downstairs to find a comfy seat and enjoy a drink and snack with friends. Food can be ordered at ground level as you walk in to the left.

The screens are a good size yet still feel intimate and the seats are extremely comfortable!

A large glass of wine is between £6.50 and £9 depending on your choice which is a little expensive but this is central London!

Light bites from the menu downstairs are unexciting - the halloumi sandwich was pleasant but nothing special and the falafel wrap was very salty!

This is however a lovely cinema for a pre/post film drink and catch up with friends and is conveniently located in the heart of London as a central meeting point for friends.


This was my first visit to Curzon and my friends and I had a great time - a really good concept which can make a traditional cinema experience a little more social and a little more special. I felt the ticket prices were pretty reasonable and I liked the different types of snacks available however, two minor points which stopped me from giving five stars. Firstly, there were no drink holders in the cinema we were in and the seats were kind of low so we didn't have head rests. Minor points but I didn't enjoy nursing a drink for the entire lengthy film.


Immerse yourself in the history of film at this fantastic cinema. While showing current films the Curzon also boasts a wide range of historical information and art about film and cinema. You can also stop off in the lovely cafe for a glass of wine or a cup of coffee depending on what takes your fancy. Perhaps a tad over priced but you can really see what you're paying for in this gem of a cinema


I’ve never found a Curzon cinema I didn’t like, and the one in Soho doesn’t disappoint. It has a café on the ground floor and a bar down below. Drinks are a little pricey but it is a cinema in the West End. You can enjoy your drinks from the bar in the cinema, which is cool, and it sells a lot of different snacks you wouldn’t find in other cinema chains.It specialises in European and arthouse movies, I often go there to get my Ghibli fix.

It would be a crying shame if this cinema was to close.


Centrally located and gorgeous both inside and out, the Curzon Soho is a must visit for purveyors of arthouse and indie cinema from all around the world. With cushy seats, a good cafe and a discerning audience, the Curzon Soho promises a comfortable and thought provoking cinematic experience with every visit. 


The Curzon Soho is a bright, modern arthouse cinema with screens across three floors. With plenty of bars, meaning you can take drinks into the screenings, it's definitely a place for adults and that's a good thing, as the people attending these types of screenings aren't your usual blockbuster crowd who will chat and look at their phones, illuminating the room every 5 minutes. The chairs are comfy and the screens are a good size for these cosy screening rooms so I can't fault it.

The thing I like the most about Curzon Soho is the great selection of films that they always have on show. The cinema also deserves a thumbs up for keeping its 'independence' in a part of London where gentrification demands more and more of businesses. Prices are high, which is expected given its location. The cinema has an ok bar and an overall artsy fartsy hipster crowd (the face of gentrification, ironically). The seats in the actual cinema screen were comfortable and the screen was designed in a way that the person sitting in front of me did not obscure the view. A good cinema.

A good range of movies and THE BEST CAKES in London. A great bar too! This place must stay.

Anyone who works in film sees this place as their sprritual home. Anyone who is a real fan of cinema feels the same. I'd do anything to keep it open.

This venue is a huge part of my life. It makes cinema going an absolute pleasure. Currently I am making a documentary about fighting to save the Curzon Soho in it's current awful predicament. I love this place.

Curzon Soho Cinema has had a historic role in the development of arthouse cinema in the UK, and it's to me the flagship of art cinema in London. I value the significance of cinema culture and the role it plays in the identity, politics, society and economy of a country, especially in the UK where the creative and
cultural industries compete with the financial sector.
I can't believe it is under threat. London should learn to better protect historic and cultural spaces, especially from developers.


We defiantly need more good quality independent cinema in London.

Curzon Soho is so much more than a cinema. There are nice cafe/bars on the ground floor and lower ground floor. Iced coffee tasted good and refreshing on a hot summer day. The cafe seating area is clean, comfortable and with good wifi. There is also a black and white photo booth located downstairs. It is a great place to spend time even you are not seeing the films. 


I don’t usually go to the cinema in central London because it’s very expensive and I can see all the films I want in my local area. I went to the Curzon for a special screening of Anomalisa this week with a talk from the Directors Charlie Kaufman & Duke Johnson. It was a really brilliant experience. The film itself was great but the surroundings added so much to the experience. It’s a gorgeous cinema, seeped in cinema history and also a real community feel. This is not just a cinema, it feels like a club. The place has loads of fan art, classic movie posters and mural to saving the cinema- it have been under threat of closer and it is doing everything it can to keep those doors open…and for good reason. This cinema shows very niche films, holds great events and has brill bars on all 3 levels of the building. Worth paying high ticket price for those special cinema moments.

Also watch their hilarious viral campaign to save the place for F**ks sake! :


If current the proposed route for the Cross-Rail 2 are granted planning permission, the Soho Curzon will cease to exist. The sub-levels where lie the three screens and bar will be totally obliterated to make way for train tracks. Where once you ate tailor-crafted caramel and gold dust coated popcorn and watched amazing arthouse documentaries, a gigantic tunnel snake will thunder along, without thought for the broken souls that have lost their dark underground realm of refuge.

Curzon Soho is expensive, yes. It is on Shaftesbury Avenue though, so...

Point is, it shouldn't and mustn't go, an argument which is triumphantly made to cinema goers before each screening during an in-house  protest film which recreates famous scenes and pieces of dialogue from classic movies, all of them profane to the utmost. 

Go to their site, jump on the petition bandwagon.

A great venue. Fantastic films and a great place to hang out too. Their programme of director and cast Q&As is especially strong.

I love every floor of the Curzon, from the cafe selling delicious red velvet to the bar and popcorn floor and, of course, the screens. You can tuck away in a corner and have a quick drink with your fancy man before hot footing it to watch the latest independent and international films. If you're into film then this is definitely the spot for you.  

Staff Writer

The film programming at this exquisite cinema in the heart of Soho is flawless. It's an effortlessly cool venue with wonderful food and drink and a gorgeously geeky, too-cool-for-school staff who genuinely love film. It's a cinephile's dream.


Probably my favourite cinema in central London. Film-going aside the bar is a good spot for a date!

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