News Update 04 December 2016

The Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, has made showcasing the borough’s cultural scene one of his priorities, and we very much appreciated his participation in our September screening to celebrate the David Lean once again having a full 68 seats. We will be donating the profits from the 1430 showing of A Street Cat Named Bob on 15 December to the Mayor’s chosen local charities: The Stanley People’s Initiative; Croydon Commitment and The British Home. Read More……………


News Update 27 November 2016

As we approach December, The David Lean Cinema has a jam-packed schedule offering a total of 13 films, which is a record number. There are a wide range of genres showing including; animation, drama and documentaries. Not forgetting the additional screenings of the hugely popular I, Daniel Blake and Swallows and Amazons. We hope you feel spoilt for choice. Read More………

News Update 20 November 2016

Time Out Love London 2016 Winner

We are delighted to inform you that the David Lean Cinema has won the Croydon “Local Culture” section of the ‘Time Out’ Love London Awards for 2016.
Thank you to everyone who voted and considered us worthy of this prestigious award. Your support will be of great help both with increasing the awareness of the campaign and providing publicity for the cinema. Read More


Tram derailment – Council arrangements postpone screenings

Following the tram incident near Sandilands on the morning of Wednesday 09 November, the Council have informed us that they need to use the Braithwaite Hall and the David Lean Cinema premises as temporary accomodation/meeting rooms for friends and family involved in the incident. The two screenings of “Ingrid Bergman, In Her Own Words” has therefore had to be postponed until 30 November. Tickets for both screenings on 10 November will be valid for the appropriate screening on 30 November. Requests for refunds or other issues should be sent via the Contact Form on this website unless you have had previous communication via phone or email with us and the matter is already in hand.


News Update 06 November 2016

Due to exceptional sales, we have programmed a further screening of I, Daniel Blake, for 7.30 on 14 December.  Recently, a record number of children in the audience for Swallows and Amazons really enjoyed the film, so a repeat screening scheduled for 28 December is the perfect opportunity for families who missed it the first time. See film schedule.

Last Wednesday’s screening of The Bolshoi Ballet – marking the 60th anniversary of half the film being shot at Croydon’s Davis Theatre – was a spectacular success, prompting some of the most enthusiastic feedback we have ever received. Read more……….

News Update 30 October 2016

We have a rare Monday screening on the 31st October, with Tony Scott’s first film The Hunger offering a feast of vampiric thrills for David Bowie fans and admirers of 1980s chic and music. And this special Halloween presentation begins with a 16mm compilation of 1980s horror trailers and advertisements, to set the scene.

The Hunger (18)
Date: Monday 31st October
Time: 19:30
1h 37min | Horror

Directed by Tony Scott and starring David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. Read more………

News Update 23 October 2016

It’s not often that the Russian Embassy gives us publicity, but they have shared our Facebook post and also tweeted about the special 60th anniversary screening celebrating one of the most extraordinary events in Croydon’s cultural history

Thanks to local historian Carole Roberts, we have discovered the fascinating story behind the Bolshoi’s visit to Croydon in 1956.

During their first tour of the West, three nights at Croydon’s elegant Davis Theatre were their only UK performances following three weeks at the Royal Opera House. Read more…….

News Update – 16 October 2016

Have you voted? We have been shortlisted for the TimeOut Love London awards. The cinema has been nominated in the category of favourite local culture venue in Croydon. So please vote for us, you will need to register with Timeout to submit your vote. So please show your love for the David Lean Cinema and vote now by visiting the following website. Read More on this update here………


Policy For Late Arrivals

Box Office at the David Lean Cinema

Our main sales channels – TicketSource and Wallace
Arnold Worldchoice – stop selling 2½ hours before a
Any remaining tickets will go on sale at the ClocktowerArts Bar
one-hour before the screening. To avoid disappointment, please
do not leave buying your tickets until the last minute, as the
box office closes promptly just before the show starts
(11.00am, 2.30pm or 7.30pm). Please remember that people manning the Box Office may also have booked to see the film!
Tickets for future screenings should also be on sale, but this
cannot be guaranteed if others are waiting to purchase tickets
for the current screening.
• Stewards are unable to take money for tickets – all sales
have to go through the box office.
• Only patrons with tickets can be admitted.
• Please make every effort to be in your seat before the
advertised start time – there are no adverts shown at the
David Lean Cinema, only a few trailers which only last a few
• While every effort will be made to accommodate latecomers,
to avoid disturbing other patrons, once the main
feature has started late arrivals will be directed to end of
row or front row seats.
• If no such seats are available then patrons will not be
allowed to enter. Unfortunately refunds cannot be issued in
these circumstances.

Refunds and Exchanges

With effect from 06 April 2017 our Refunds and Exchanges Policy changes to match those of similar venues.

  • Once you have paid for your tickets, we are unable to make refunds.  If you make an error when buying tickets, they can be exchanged for any film on sale at the time of the exchange and no later than 72 hours before the screening of the original film. There will be no extra charge for this service.
  • For tickets purchased online or at the cinema box office, email boxoffice@ with details of your tickets and exchange request. Return to Wallace Arnold Worldchoice to exchange tickets purchased there, no later than 72 hours before the screening.
  • Refunds would be given should a film have to be cancelled.

In the unlikely event of the Campaign having to cancel a screening we
will refund costs in full. In this situation we will endeavour to notify
customers in advance using the contact details on our database or
provided at the time of purchase.