David Lean Cinema

Cinemas, Independent Croydon
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A cinema located in the grade II listed clock tower in Croydon.


Venue name: David Lean Cinema
Address: Croydon Clocktower
Katherine Street
Transport: East Croydon rail
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Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

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Lynda L
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A great small local with tickets only costing £8 and you don't get all the adverts that you get with the branded cinemas. Its run by volunteers and the atmosphere is very relaxed. Since discovering it this past month I have been 3 times"! Keep up the great work.

Suzanne L

Incredible tenacity in keeping this going through local government cuts and short sighted approach to culture in Croydon.

Maureen H

It is a little oasis from Croydon's busy shopping centre - a place to relax and enjoy the entertainment.

Alan W

Saved from the cultural destruction wreaked by then Tory council, by locals and avid film-watchers, and a really interesting monthly schedule is always guaranteed! Great stuff!

Lisa B

This cinema provides an intimate atmosphere to view international quality films.

Alex T

Wonderful little cinema that provides something for everyone in the local community and is entirely run by volunteers. I love it here - much better than the local multiplexes!

Sheila C

It is an individual 'art house' cinema, with an intimate venue, which has survived all sorts of tribulations over the last few years. The membership, and support, is growing strongly and they show intelligent and interesting films that are rarely seen at mainstream cinemas. Now that The Fairfield Halls have closed in Croydon the need for such a venue to thrive is even more important.
It is a little 'gem' predominantly operated by volunteer film lovers, a real delight in this day and age.

Lesley S

Love this "grown up" cinema. I love that It is not full of pop corn and hot dogs. It has a very intimate feel and is situated near the centre of the town where there are lots of eating and drinking venues

Daniel G

Great local Cinema staffed by friendly volunteers. Great range of films backed up by regular reviews and information on upcoming films.

Elizabeth B

This cinema has been brought back from the brink - no, from oblivion - by dedicated enthusiasts and volunteers to bring the best art-house films from all over the world to audiences in Croydon. You must go!

gaye h

Volunteer run intimate cinema showing a wide range of films. The cinema is based in a beautiful historic building, which is part of the town hall.
The council withdrew funding, but a dedicated team of locals petitioned and reinstated the cinema.
Its great to have a community cinema and to honour David Lean who was a former Croydon resident.

Dee O

Friendly atmosphere and near-professional organisation which shows recent releases in an intimate and fully accessible venue. We can live without popcorn!

Sue F

Wonderful intimate, friendly venue that shows both more commercial films and art house and foreign language films. The only venue of it's type in South London

Becca R

Brilliant selection of films, easy online booking, notification of programme well in advance and a great team of volunteers, perfect!

Marette H

A group of volunteers who campaigned for its creation and in memory of a famous Croydon resident. It is also a venture which provides films which aren't shown at the local cinema. True film buffs!

sandra p

I really trust them to offer good films, which I've often never heard of but which in the event I really enjoy.

Bernard W

It's a lovely, intimate venue staffed by friendly volunteers which gives us the opportunity to see new, unusual and classic films in Croydon at an affordable price. It is a great asset to the town.

Helen A

Great selection of films - usually something interesting. Very responsive to audience feedback in terms of programming. I really appreciate being able to see the less mainstream films close to home.

Cath J

Located within a town hall building, a great boutique cinema with small bar/cafe, showing a plethora of really interesting and popular films.

Kit D

Local people have worked together to keep this fabulous little cinema open despite all the odds. The films are chosen carefully and special screenings and events organised. It's a comfortable place to go as a single woman.

Gay L

Wonderful little cinema showing interesting unusual films as well as some good mainstream movies

Elizabeth V

This friendly cinema shows most of the films you want to see and lots of films that you really should see. It also creates memorable events, such as local Russian musicians in the interval of Dr Zhivago and a trans Atlantic Skype Q&A with the director of a film set in Lesotho.

Chris C

Knocked a star off cos the film showings are too early. This was like an arthouse when I first arrived in Croydon. Then the Tories maliciously closed it. A volunteer group, with support of the new Labour administration on the council, have reopened it. It's not open enough but deserves support.

John S

Excellent choice of films, enthusiastic helpers and supporters, intimate atmosphere.

Emma L

Going to the cinema is once more an enjoyable experience, I love the selection of interesting and thought provoking films.

Adella P

The David Lean is run by enthusiastic and knowledgeable people, and shows some great films that it would be hard to catch if it were not for this cinema; we've seen some gems that we would not have known about if it were not for the fantastic schedule put together by Adrian and the team. A warm welcome and a lovely bar area make for a great experience.

Fay W

A wide choice of culturally excellent films, past and present, are shown here, in a friendly atmosphere and at various convenient times - late night for the young, afternoons for OAPs like me and even mornings for mums and babies! I saw the most amazing film here. "Into Great Silence" is a documentary filmed in a French monastery whose order is silent. Never heard such wonderful sounds.

Julie A

The David Lean Cinema is a very small friendly cinema with character, totally unlike the large multi-screen cinemas elsewhere. They show a varied selection of good films, the seats are comfortable, and there is no-one around you eating popcorn!

Peter F

An intimate cinema with a mere 68 seats but an atmosphere that is welcoming and dedicated to film. The staff are all volunteers and their common bond is the love of cinema - good cinema - no popcorn or idle chatter when watching the programme, just true 'cinema buffs'! Long may it last.

Richard C

Because David Lean was born in Croydon abnd it is important to remember his legacy. Also the cinema is working with local community groups & individuals to ensure that all tastes & ages are catered for.

Beverley D

Lovely little cinema with a great range of films catering to all tastes. Something different which only survived since withdrawal of council funding by the hard work of volunteers. Pro]ices are way below commercial cinemas

joy c

Cosy venue and shows films not shown in the vue. E.g The Dressmaker etc.

Susie C

The enthusiastic, passionate DL helpers serve up a wide variety of amazing delicacies that you'd rarely see in the big cinemas. And there's less crisp mauling in the audience. Many congrats team DL. Susie cornfield

Angela A

We need the David Lean cinema. It is unique to Croydon. We are gradually losing our identity and Croydon is developing at a fast pace. Let us keep something that is an oasis in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

leslie b

It used to be the only place locally to see independent and foreign films. The the council shut it. Thanks to years of patient effort and against all the odds, we are able to enjoy it again. It could be renamed The Adrian Winchester cinema !

Susan R

Its very easy to get to; it is showing a very good range of films outside the normal commercial range, its web site is a joy to use and the seats, particularly for seniors, are very reasonably priced. A real asset to the community


It's super cosy, friendly and has a real sense of love for cinema which gets diluted in so many of the large chains

Roger D

Volunteer run by some experts in their field who are also enthusiatic about the quality of films that are shown. Cosy and centrally located.

Sue F

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

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