Odd as it may seem, the community run Deptford Cinema is at time of writing the only permanent cinema in the entire London borough of Lewisham, and the Smoke Screen has been a big supporter of their work (disclaimer: the editor used to live round the corner from the building). The Lewisham's Lost Cinemas blog documents the often-fabulous architecture of the old cinema buildings that used to be dotted around the borough, before they were all eventually shuttered.
News has broken though that Deptford Cinema will soon no longer be the only flickerhouse in the area, as Curzon Cinemas are set to partner with University of London and Goldsmiths to open a new permanent cinema venture. You can read the full press release here and the details are below:
Curzon Goldsmiths will show films to the public on weekday evenings and all day at weekends. The cinema on the university’s New Cross campus is due to open at the end of January 2016.
Programming at the 101-seat venue which includes space for two wheelchair users will follow Curzon’s mix of the best in cinema from across the globe as well as documentary and special director Q&As.
It is the first such partnership between a university and cinema company and gives Goldsmiths one of the country’s best campus cinemas in the country. Curzon Goldsmiths is part of the Curzon Connect initiative that includes screens at Arthouse Crouch End, Curzon Mondrian London and Pinewood Cinema.
The move also means Lewisham now has a full-time cinema and is no longer the only London borough without such a facility. Lewisham lost its last full-time cinema when the Cannon in Catford closed in 2001.
Patrick Loughrey, Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London said: “Cinema has always been a vital part of Goldsmiths. From Oscar-winners to the use of film in research and teaching across the university, we have a rich screen heritage.