Curzon enjoys best ever year as thousands of visitors fill auditorium during 2017

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 January 2018

The Curzon enjoyed the busiest year in its history in 2017.

The Curzon enjoyed the busiest year in its history in 2017.

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Clevedon's Curzon cinema is celebrating the most successful year in its 106-year history.

The cinema, which opened in Old Church Road in 1912, welcomed more than 74,000 visitors through its doors in 2017 – an increase of around 6,500 on the previous year.

As well as its usual schedule of screening the latest Hollywood blockbusters and a great selection of independent films, the Curzon has also put on a range of events to draw in audiences throughout the year.

A Moulin Rouge-themed party and Harry Potter marathon were some of the highlights while the annual Curzon Music Festival, featuring the likes of Reef frontman Gary Stringer, was hugely popular.

Curzon manager Luke Doran said: “We have a huge auditorium.

“To fill it is such a great feeling for all the team and creates a buzzing atmosphere for audiences.”

The year also saw the cinema break its busiest weekend of the year record with Paddington 2 pulling in almost 2,000 people across two days in November.

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Releases including Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Murder On The Orient Express also saw the venue’s 320-seat auditorium regularly packed out.

The cinema made it through to the final of the prestigious Screen International Cinema of the Year awards in recognition of the varied events it puts on.

Mr Doran added: “While not being triumphant at the awards this year we feel the national recognition as a nominee was hugely valuable and a testament to the growing success of the cinema.”

The Curzon has already lined up ways to grow even further in 2018 including its first venture into virtual reality this weekend.

It will also continue to broadcast live performances of ballets and opera, host stand-up comedy events and stage another music festival in May.

Mr Doran said: “Beating the numbers in 2018 looks to be a mighty challenge but we are all very much up for it.”

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The Curzon is also due to hear the result of a Heritage Lottery Fund application in March.

Plans for a £3million renovation were revealed back in 2015, which included hopes to create a second screen to allow it to show a new film each week, the restoration of the venue’s original ceiling and installation of more comfortable seats.

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