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!
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………..