Curzon cinema celebrates 106 years of 'astonishing' history

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 April 2018

The Curzon cinema during the 1920s.

The Curzon cinema during the 1920s.

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Clevedon's Curzon cinema will mark its 106th anniversary on Friday.

The Curzon in 1912.The Curzon in 1912.

The cinema, in Old Church Road, first opened its doors on April 20 1912 when its debut screening was a fundraiser for survivors and relatives of people who lost their lives in the Titanic tragedy just days earlier.

The Grade II-listed building originally seated 200 before increasing to 389 a year later, and has remained open throughout a series of renovations – making it one of the oldest cinemas in the country.

The cinema's Oak Room in 1920.The cinema's Oak Room in 1920.

Last year saw the Curzon enjoy a record-breaking 12 months, with 74,000 visitors passing through its doors – an increase of around 6,500 on 2016.

A spokesman said: “The Curzon has had an astonishing history and been at the heart of Clevedon life throughout.

Workers at the Curzon in 1922.Workers at the Curzon in 1922.

“2017 was a record year for us in terms of audience numbers and 2018 looks to equal if not better that.

“In spite of the Curzon’s grand old age, we are proud to have the latest 4k screen technology and digital sound.

“As ever, we are eternally grateful to the wonderful team we have at the Curzon, as well as all those who come to enjoy the varied programme we have to offer.”

November also gave the cinema its busiest ever weekend at the box office, with almost 2,000 people flocking to watch Paddington 2 across two days.

The Curzon’s busy programme features all the latest releases while it prides itself on giving audiences a selection of classic and foreign films to enjoy.

Recent years have also seen the venue put on live music festivals, film marathons and stand-up comedy performances.

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