Latest news 08 July 2018

Firstly, a reminder that we have announced our August films, and that tickets are now on sale. A somewhat truncated programme due to the seat refurbishment work that will close the cinema at the start of the month, but we hope you will enjoy titles such as the 1952 RAF film Angels One Five, screened in partnership with the Kenley Revival Project, Leave No Trace, director Debra Granik’s follow up to Winter’s Bone, which brought Jennifer Lawrence to everyone’s attention, and McKellen: Playing the Part, a perceptive documentary about one of the country’s most popular actors.

Three films this week. There are two opportunities to see Funny Cow after it sold out last month. It is our Babes in Arms title on Tuesday at 11:00 and we also have a screening on Wednesday at 19:00. Maxine Peake stars as the victim of marital abuse, who uses her experiences as the basis for her stand-up routine. Playing this to audiences in Northern working men’s clubs is no cake-walk. Remember – we are now serving hot and cold drinks and other refresh-ments from 10:15 before the Babes in Arms screening.

Tuesday evening brings Tully, a second film from director Jason Reitman, writer Diablo Cody and star Charlize Theron after 2011’s Young Adult. Reitman and Cody were also responsible for Juno. Whereas that film was about a teenager agonising about an unplanned pregnancy, Theron’s Marlo is failing to deal with two young children and a newly arrived baby. Will Tully, the night nanny provided by her rich brother, solve her problems? The mother of two herself, Cody has said of parenting, “We’re told that we should feel completely blissed out after we have a baby, and that’s not always how women feel. It comes down to this idea that mothers are supposed to be completely selfless and if you’re indulging feelings of sadness or depression, that could be perceived by other people as selfish.” This screening is part of the Croydon Comedy Festival.

Strongly recommended is Thursday’s The Breadwinner. Read More………..

Latest Update 24 June 2018

There’s some great entertainment on offer at the David Lean this week. A repeat showing of the excellent Lean on Pete is on Wednesday 27 June 2018 at 19:30.

This uncompromising piece of cinema is the story of a teenage boy (brilliantly played by the young Charlie Plummer) who escapes from a dysfunctional home life to travel across the stunning back country of Oregon and Wyoming. His companion on this often harsh odyssey is Lean on Pete, a retired racehorse. Director Andrew Haigh (45 Years) has created a powerful and moving film bringing totally believable characters to the screen.
All seats from the cancelled screening on Thursday 7 June at 19:30 have been moved to this date, but if you’re unable to come on Wednesday, please let us know via the website contact by inserting ‘Lean on Pete refund’ in the title field.

The Croydon Comedy Festival showing of Funny Cow on Tuesday has sold out, but there’s another chance to catch it on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at 19:30 – so book now if you’d like to see this very forceful film. Read More………….

Latest News 10 June 2018

‘Intriguing, audacious and totally fascinating’ – an introduction to the black-hearted Thoroughbreds showing on Tuesday at 19:30. It’s the story of two wealthy Connecticut teenagers who re-kindle their unlikely friendship after years of growing apart – and plan a murder. The directional debut from Cory Finley is quiet and skilful and there are fine performances from Olivia Cooke and Anya Taylor-Joy as the young miscreants. This is a dark, sleek, unnerving film which presents as a puzzle – but you’ll find that everything fits together perfectly at the end…

If you’re aged 25 and under you may like to take advantage of our £5.00 Rush Tickets offer. They’re bookable on-line in advance, and also for one hour before the start of the film at the Arts Bar box office – cash only here please. And don’t forget to take a look at our Instagram account at davidleancinema.

Earlier on Tuesday at 11:00 we present a Babes in Arms showing of Isle of Dogs, a Japanese stop-motion animated science fiction adventure following 12-year-old Atari as he searches for his lost dog, Spots. Atari undertakes an epic journey full of vivid landscapes, life and colour which can only be described as ‘movie magic’. Good news for Babes in Arms patrons – the Arts Bar will be open before the screening. Read More.