Curzon Soho is one of London’s flagship arthouse cinemas. Recent announcements revealed that it may be knocked down to make way for the Crossrail 2 development. The West End Extra newspaper originally broke the story about a possible demolition and it was taken up by the Daily Telegraph. The Guardian and many other publications have also picked up the story.
On 17 April 2016, The Observer published an excellent and detailed article outlining why the battle to save Curzon Soho matters. Read it here http://gu.com/p/4ta6b/stw
In the recent past, Curzon Soho has been named the best cinema in London by readers of the listings magazine ‘Time Out’. However, this unique, lovely and important cinema is under threat as it has been named a “surface area of interest” by those organising the £25 billion Crossrail 2 project.
Losing Curzon Soho would be yet another nail in the coffin for the arts in London for the sake of the commercial and financial gain of the minority. Any proposal to demolish this wonderful cinema would be yet another example of the rampant ‘beigification’ of London. Londoners should unite and reject any proposals to destroy our cultural heritage.
Those of us who want to save Curzon Soho from such a destructive and shameful fate need to fight for its wellbeing right now. A petition signed by 1000s of people whilst the open consultation process is ongoing may just make developers think twice about demolishing our arthouse cinema.
We need the power of signatures to help us convince developers that the cinema is worth keeping and important to many people.