An iconic Mayfair cinema is set to shut down after 89 years. Landlords are to pump over £15 million into the home of Curzon Mayfair.
There has been uncertainty about the beloved cinema’s future for quite some time as Londoners have been fighting to save it. However, it seems this has unfortunately been unsuccessful as it is now set to close in March 2024.
The Curzon brand has a long history in the iconic central London spot, having been first established with the building of the cinema site on Curzon Street in 1934. But now as its lease comes to an end, the building landlords are looking to transform the site and launch their own cinema there.
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Dan Zaum, managing director of landlord-developers 38 Curzon Lease Ltd. told TimeOut: “We are passionate about preserving this unique building, with the cinema at its heart, we will bring the Mayfair Cinema back to life, restoring its beautiful original features and giving it the very latest technology.”
The landlords are reportedly investing £15million into this project at the cinema as they plan to refurbish and relaunch. Instead of keeping it as a two-screen venue, 38 Curzon Lease Ltd will return it to the original form of just one screen.
Curzon Cinema is described by Historic England as “the finest surviving cinema building of the post-war period”. Westminster City Council listed the beloved site as an asset of community value in 2022.
Speaking about the Mayfair cinema, Curzon CEO Philip Knatchbull previously said: “It’s one of London’s most loved cinemas. The listed wall reliefs by sculptor William Mitchell and the stunning ceiling are both iconic pieces of British cinema design.
A petition at the end of last year attempted to protect the cinema from being evicted from the famed venue and gained over 4,000 signatures. West End councillor Patrick Lilley, who set up the petition, said: “The Curzon brand was first established with the building of the cinema site on Curzon Street in 1934, and has a long and storied history there, hosting countless glitzy premieres and events for the local community.”
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