Other Organisations


The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign (SDLCC) is a Community Interest Company that presents films weekly in the David Lean Cinema. Using our knowledge and experience, we are ready to work with other organisations seeking to use the cinema. This note explains how we can help.

Showing a film as part of our programme

We are ready to consider suggestions for our programme and from time to time we may be able to include in our programme films which are of particular interest to other organisations such as charities. We would pay the film costs, arrange ticket sales and keep any income. We could arrange for the organisation concerned to have a stall to publicise their work, and they could accept donations before and after the film if they wished. However, there is a lot of pressure on the times available – there are nearly always more films suitable for showing than slots in which to show them – and we are looking for films which are of general appeal. The opportunities for working with other organisations in this way are bound to be limited.

Showing a film outside our programme

Organisations can book the David Lean Cinema themselves and arrange their own screenings. The first step is to book the cinema through Croydon Council who are the owners of the cinema – the point of contact is: venues@croydon.gov.uk. Please note that the SDLCC does not deal with arrangements for hiring the cinema. At the same time as booking the venue, please let us know your technical requirements (which will also start the projectionist booking procedure) by filling out and submitting our online form here.

We can then help you in various ways which are set out below.

The Council insist that those hiring the cinema use a trained projectionist and they are only prepared to allow projectionists trained by the SDLCC. We can therefore provide a projectionist in relation to bookings that involve film screenings, and advise you of the applicable fee.
Hiring a film
We can help with hiring a film, explain the procedures and requirements, and if necessary place the order.
We can, if appropriate, publicise your screening in the marketing e-mails which we send regularly to over 1,000 addresses, or on our website. It is helpful if you can supply a trailer and provide a synopsis of the film and perhaps a link to the trailer. We cannot distribute fliers for your screening with our printed brochures leaflets in view of the work involved (we currently distribute some 4,000 brochures to various locations) but you’re welcome to leave some in the rack to the left of the Arts Bar adjacent to the cinema.

There is no charge for film hire or publicity but we would welcome a donation if substantial help is provided. We can advise you of an appropriate amount taking into account the services used.
Further information is given below in the section headed ‘Frequently Answered Questions’. If you have further questions, please address these to info@davidleancinema.org.uk.

Once the venue booking has been confirmed with Croydon Council please get back to us to confirm your projectionist date. Please make sure that you give us enough time to meet your needs. We suggest that the booking is made at least six weeks beforehand.

Q What formats can be screened in the David Lean Cinema?
A Most common formats can be screened, including DCP, Blu-ray, DVD, 35mm and 16mm.
Q What is the cinema’s capacity?
A 68, or 66/67 if one or both the cinema’s wheelchair places are in use.
Q What size is the screen?
A The screen width would normally be 380cm when screening a modern feature film. The precise height varies according to the aspect ratio of the picture.
Q At what times is the cinema available?
A Weekday mornings/afternoons/evenings and Saturday mornings/afternoons. The Clocktower is normally closed on Saturday evenings, Sundays and Bank Holidays, so it’s likely that considerable extra charges would apply to screenings on such days. Please note that the Campaign normally has daytime and evening screenings on every Thursday, plus Tuesday evenings. We also sometimes have screening screenings on Tuesday mornings and/or afternoons; Wednesday evenings; and Saturday afternoons.
Q Can the Arts Bar be opened before a screening?
A Yes, but there’s a charge for this. Please ask when booking the cinema, if you require information on this.