We’ve had another memorable week at the David Lean. In addition to sell out repeat screenings of Viceroy’s House, there was the highly original blend of horror and humour provided by Get Out, which wasn’t quite to everyone’s taste, but most found it very enjoyable. The Salesman offered reflective and absorbing drama, enhanced by the insight it offered into life in Iran. It proved so thought-provoking that discussions continued afterwards at the bus stops opposite the Clocktower!
The two David Lean Cinema volunteer co-ordinators are looking for a third volunteer to share their admin duties, particularly the creation of the monthly schedule of duties for stewards, box office staff and arts bar staff. Read More………….
Responses indicated that our audience found Dancer fascinating on Tuesday. Viceroy’s House on Thursday continued the recent sequence of factual films, inspiring compliments from patrons impressed by the historical insight provided. There are two more screenings on Wednesday, but these are so close to selling out that we must suggest checking our website for availability or returns.
Get Out and The Salesman (both featured below) offer rewarding opportunities in the week ahead, followed by.The Olive Tree – a “quietly stirring Spanish fable” (Variety) – on 9 and 11 May. Please don’t forget that your last chances to see Elle and Hidden Figures are on 8 and 10 May respectively.. Read More……………
Two excellent films played to full houses last week – Elle marked a return to the screen of the incomparable Isabelle Huppert, and was praised as “riveting” and “thought-provoking” by patrons. It was clear that Hidden Figures greatly impressed our audiences, who found it an absorbing and inspiring film with much to say about the advancement of civil rights in 1960s America. Both have repeat showings scheduled – Elle on 8 May at 19:30 and Hidden Figures on 10 May also at 19:30. Catch them while you can. Read More……
Thursday’s film Fences was well-received by patrons. Kishiko Bennett, from Crystal Palace, was our guest at the evening screening, having been informed towards the end of March that she was the buyer of our 25,000 ticket! A relative newcomer to the David Lean, Mrs Bennett hopes to make many more visits in the future. She said: “I’m delighted to be able to see the films I enjoy in this intimate, comfortable and friendly cinema”.
The week ahead includes sell out screenings of Elle and Hidden Figures, although a few 11:00am tickets remain for the latter. Extra screenings of both are indicated below, as well as the final opportunity (other than a Babes in Arms screening on 9 May) to see Moonlight. Read More………
Following a week featuring five different films at the David Lean, we have six in the week ahead! We start with a repeat of the Academy Award nominated black comedy Toni Erdmann tomorrow evening – seats are available. Please note the early start time of 19:00.
Tuesday evening brings Certain Women; a film “as elegant and graceful as the vast Montana landscape” (Detroit News). Seats are available for the Thursday afternoon screening of Fences starring Denzel Washington, but very few are left for the evening one. This adaptation of August Wilson’s play features a stunning performance from Viola Davis which earned her the Best Supporting Actress Award at this year’s Oscars. Read More…..
The Spumante flowed before Lion on Thursday. It was a great pleasure to celebrate our three years of films at the David Lean, especially as it was a chance to share memories and thank our friends who have attended countless screenings. Some have been a part of the campaign ever since our June 2011 meeting at the Green Dragon! The congratulations and kind words were much appreciated and it was an uplifting day that reminded us of how much the cinema means to our supporters. Read More…….
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!