Monday 27 March is the third anniversary of the David Lean’s reopening on 27 March 2014; an extraordinary evening when punk legends Captain Sensible and Johnny Moped joined the Mayor of Croydon as VIP guests at a screening of Basically, Johnny Moped. We’ll publicly celebrate the anniversary before both Thursday screenings of Lion, so if you have a ticket, please arrive early enough to join us for a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. The Arts Bar will open before both the afternoon and evening screenings. Read More….
We’ve had a diverse and exceptional week, featuring five much-appreciated films. Tuesday’s Babes in Arms La La Land saw the arrival of a record number of babies (nearly 60!), with the happy atmosphere contrasting with the extraordinarily intense and powerful depiction of war experienced later during Hacksaw Ridge.
On Thursday, Denial justified praise such as “One of the most powerful and riveting courtroom dramas ever made” (New York Observer), so please keep in mind that there’s another opportunity to see this at 19:30 on Wednesday 5 April. Read More……..
There were some excellent films to enjoy last week – the supernatural thriller Under the Shadow attracted plenty of new patrons who left shaken but impressed! One supporter said that “this remarkable film made falling missiles seem less terrifying than the menacing fear of the unknown in your own flat…”
Thursday’s showings of Jackie to mark International Womens’ Day on 8 March prompted a range of views that included praise for Natalie Portman’s Oscar-nominated performance. Afternoon and evening screenings on 21 and 22 March respectively offer another chance to see the film, please see our Film Schedule. Read More………
Last week, following a well-received Manchester by the Sea, La La Land had the difficult task of living up to high expectations fuelled by its impressive haul of awards. Some patrons loved it while others would have welcomed a faster pace, which goes to show that our lower-profile films are usually enjoyed just as much as box office smashes!
Moonlight has won Best Motion Picture at the 89th Academy Awards ceremony. But amid much embarrassment and consternation as La La Land was mistakenly announced as the winner! But ‘all publicity is good publicity’ as they say and the general tone of the Oscars was one of hope and optimism for the film industry. In case any one has missed the extensive media coverage and results, here’s a brief summary of some of those who took home that coveted golden statuette: Read More……..
The BAFTA awards last Sunday reinforced how exciting the upcoming weeks will be at the David Lean, with several outstanding films in store. We’ve already screened some winners, but you’ll soon be able to consider whether the following awards were the right decision: Read More…………
The thriller Snowden shown on Tuesday had excellent feedback from a full house, offering an absorbing – although not entirely impartial – insight into what motivated Snowden’s actions. Life, Animated, a sensitive and widely praised documentary was seen by Thursday’s smaller but similarly appreciative audiences.
If the heady romance of Valentine’s Day on Tuesday isn’t quite your thing, then a visit to the David Lean may be the perfect solution! Read More………..
Thursday’s screening of Sully prompted excellent feedback from patrons. Director Clint Eastwood’s restrained handling of an absorbing subject showed that reaching the age of 86 need not be an obstacle to artistic achievement!
Alan, our Box Office Manager, has advised that Thursday was also notable for exceptional first day sales of our March programme. 160 tickets were sold, with Jackie proving particularly popular. For a good choice of seats, it would be wise to not wait too long before booking certain films. Read More……..
The excitement of the awards season is in full swing and the David Lean is at the forefront of showing the possible winners. La La Land and Manchester by the Sea are selling well, but it’s worth checking the extra screenings on our Film Schedule for more ticket information.
Sarah’s Key and The Innocents, our contributions to Holocaust Memorial Day on 27 January were well attended by appreciative audiences; there was praise for both films, and particularly for the fine acting and direction of The Innocents – a powerful portrayal of hope over adversity that stays in the memory… Read More
A United Kingdom inspired glowing feedback from Thursday’s patrons and two more screenings added on 8 February should make it our biggest success since Suffragette. But it’s not widely- known that this remarkable true story has a local connection, apart from director Amma Asante (also responsible for Belle) coming from Streatham. Read More…..