AOUS Walking Tour

Join us for a volunteer led film location walking tour through Sanderstead, Croydon.


Join us for a volunteer led film location walking tour through Sanderstead, Croydon. The tour meeting point will be Riddlesdown station where two members of the David Lean Cinema will greet you. The tour will be stopping off at some of the main locations that were used for the filming of All of Us Strangers and finishing up with a hot drink with our patron, Joanna Scanlan. The tour end point will be Sanderstead Station around 4.30pm.
We estimate the walk to be 2 hours long, which includes walking and stopping time. Places are limited, with only 20 spaces available.
articipants should arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time, and make yourself known to the guides for registration with a copy of your ticket.

Participants must be 18 or over.  Although we will make every effort to make the walk safe, participants walk at their own risk.

Sanderstead Rec - Andrew Scott not included
Sanderstead Rec
The Shops
The Alleys
The House

Important Information: Health and Safety for the Walk
At David Lean Cinema, your safety and well-being are our top priorities. Before embarking on our film location walking tour, we want to ensure that you have all the information you need to enjoy the experience safely.

Route Details: Our tour route has been selected to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for participants aged 18 or over and all fitness levels. The route will take place on pavement and a paved route through Sanderstead recreation ground. The walk features moderate hills with regular stopping points.
Weather Conditions: Please be aware that weather conditions can change quickly. We recommend dressing appropriately; and packing essentials for the weather such as waterproof jacket, umbrella, sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses. In case of inclement weather, we may need to reschedule or cancel the tour. We will notify you in advance if any changes are necessary.
Hydration and Comfort: It’s important to stay hydrated during the tour, especially on hot days. We recommend bringing a water bottle and wearing comfortable, sturdy footwear suitable for walking long distances. Try not to bring too much with you, don’t load yourself down with too many bags or other items that could be cumbersome for you on the tour.
Participant Wellbeing: If you have any medical conditions or mobility issues that may affect your ability to participate in the tour safely, please inform your guide before the tour begins. We will do our best to accommodate your needs and ensure your comfort and safety.

By working together and following these guidelines, we can ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience on our film location walking tour. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to exploring Croydon with you!

Sunday 26 May 2024 at 2pm (meet at 1.45 – Riddlesdown Station)


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1955 | Dir Alexander Mackendrick | 91m | UK

Saturday 01 June 2024 at 2pm

Ealing Studios last comedy classic, presented from an original 35mm Technicolor print, is the story of a criminal gang frustrated by the little old lady they rent a room from.

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Screened from the Cinema Museum’s original Technicolor print, this is the last of the classic Ealing comedies. Alec Guinness leads a gang of robbers pretending to be classical musicians who rent a room in the house of an eccentric widow, ostensibly to practice, but in fact to check out the scene of their robbery. When Mrs Wilberforce realises they are criminals, the gang decide she has to be killed… “The sheer blackness of the central concept is barely disguised by the accomplished farce which surrounds it” (Time Out). A 35mm presentation in association with The Cinema Museum.

ORDINARY ANGELS (Dementia Friendly)
2024 | Dir Jon Gunn | 118m | USA

Tuesday 04 June 2024 at 11.00am (Dementia Friendly)

A hard-drinking Louisville hairdresser becomes the unlikely guardian angel to a gravely ill young girl and her family.

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Based on a true story. Sharon (Hilary Swank) is the part owner of a hairdressing salon, and a hardened drinker who is attracted to the story of a local 5-year old girl who is desperately ill. Sharon organises a fundraising event at the salon, and approaches the family with the money collected, but the girl’s recently widowed father is wary of her, especially when she offers more help, but feels powerless to stop her. Swank’s performance anchors what could have been an exercise in schmaltz, and the film has been praised by critics and enthusiastically embraced by audiences in the States.

2024 | Dir Rose Glass | 104m | USA | GB

Tuesday 04 June 2024 at 7.30pm

Lou, the daughter of the local hood falls for bodybuilder Jackie, who is on her way to a competition in Las Vegas. But the illegal steroids Lou feeds Jackie have a bad effect on them both…

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Stuck in a small New Mexico town, where her corrupt father rules the roost, gym manager Lou falls hard for bodybuilder Jackie as she passes through en route to Vegas. Jackie’s steroid-fuelled rage and Lou’s contemptible relatives are soon on an explosive collision course, in this 1989-set uproarious and lethally smart noir which showcases the formidable talents of both Kristen Stewart – whose acting is brilliantly subtle as chaos breaks out around her – and British director Rose Glass (Saint Maud). “Violent story of extreme sport, forbidden love and a lot of murder could be a new grindhouse classic, but Kristen Stewart’s fierce subtlety pushes it up a level” (Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian).

2024 | Dir David Bickerstaff | 90m | UK

Wednesday 05 June 2024 at 7.30pm *HOH
*HOH – Descriptive subtitles for those with hearing loss.

Saturday 08 June 2024 at 2.00pm

The latest Exhibition on Screen documentary looks at Sargent’s work using examples from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tate Britain.

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JS Sargent was the greatest society portraitist of the Gilded Age that preceded the First World War, using the “swagger” of his posing and brushwork to show more than just the wealth of his subjects. Accompanying both Tate Britain’s ongoing exhibition and a similar show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, this polished documentary shows his shimmering paintings – including Boston murals that will never travel here – in illuminating detail, amidst the context of the fashion world of his era.

2024 | Dir Sam Taylor-Johnson | 122m | USA | UK

Thursday 06 June 2024 at 2.00pm *HOH
*HOH – Descriptive subtitles for those with hearing loss which will be followed by an informal discussion in association with the Croydon u3a Film Group
Thursday 06 June 2024 at 7.30pm

Sam Taylor-Johnson’s bio-pic about the late Amy Winehouse, her battles with drugs and her family, and how she created the songs for one of the best-selling albums of our time.

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Celebrating the unforgettable legacy of a homegrown star lost too soon, Back to Black delves into the remarkable journey of Amy Winehouse. Set against the backdrop of her beloved Camden streets, the film captures her early rise to fame and the trials of overnight international stardom, while paying homage to Amy’s unparalleled artistry, wit, and candour. Offering an unfiltered glimpse into the complexities of modern fame, it stands as a moving tribute to a talent of rare magnitude.

2023 | Dir Marco Bellocchio | 134m | Italy | France

Tuesday 11 June 2024 at 7.30pm

Veteran Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s latest film is the true story of how the Vatican abducted a Jewish boy in 1858, and converted him to Catholicism.

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Based on the true 1858 story of a 6 year old Jewish boy kidnapped by police from his home in Bologna and taken to live with the pope in the Vatican, because of a report that he had been baptised without his family’s knowledge. In this beautifully shot period drama, director  Marco Bellocchio continues his lifelong work of studying the cruel treatment of victims of dogma and entrenched bias. We see the boy grow and the damage this papal decision does to the country. It is believed the consequences of this case moved Italy away from being a wholly religious country, and Rome becoming its more secular capital.

2024 | Dir David Leitch | 126m | USA

Thursday 13 June 2024 at 2.30pm *HOH
*HOH – Descriptive subtitles for those with hearing loss.

Thursday 13 June 2024 at 7.30pm
Saturday 15 June 2024 at 11.00am (Relaxed screening for young people living with autism or other neurodivergent conditions)

Ryan Reynolds and Emily Blunt star as stunt-man and director in an Hollywood action film. Can they find their missing leading man, and rekindle their broken romance, in this action comedy delight.

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Stuntman Ryan Gosling and camera operator Emily Blunt are super cute as exes who are brought back together for her first feature as director. When the star goes missing, Colt Seavers (Gosling) is told it’s his job to find him, as he’s the only crew member not needed until the star returns. Colt gets into lots of trouble while he tries to find him. A great, funny, romantic action-adventure film. Will Colt find the star and get the girl? You’ll have to come along and find out.

CHALLENGERS (Babes In Arms Screening)
2024 | Dir Luca Guadagnino | 131m | USA

Friday 14 June 2024 at 11.00am (Babes In Arms)
Thurs 20 June 2024 at 2.30pm
Thurs 20 June 2024 at 7.30pm *HOH
*HOH – Descriptive subtitles for those with hearing loss.

A tennis love-triangle has Zendaya as an ex-player turned coach, trying to end husband Josh O’Connor’s losing streak by pitching him against Mike Faist, his ex-best friend and her ex-boyfriend.

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Art is a six-times Grand Slam winner, while Patrick is scraping a living on the lower Challenger circuit. When Art’s coach and wife Tashi pushes him into a Challenger tournament to regain form, he meets Patrick in the final. Art and Patrick were once inseparable best friends and doubles partners, when Tashi was the biggest prospect in tennis… Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino serves us an ace in this intense, exhilarating and often very funny movie.

2023 | Dir Alice Rohrwacher | 133m | Italy | France

Tuesday 18 June at 7.30pm

Josh O’Connor’s ancient history scholar uses his knowledge to nefarious ends, while pining for the young woman who he loved when he was a student staying at her mother’s Tuscan manor.

“Alice Rohrwacher’s uproarious adventure teems with life” Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian

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Arthur was once a respectable archaeology student in love with the daughter of a local aristocrat (played by Isabella Rossellini). But his love has died, and in his grief, he has turned to using his skills to help a local gang discover Etruscan antiquities and sell them on the black market. A hit with critics at last year’s Cannes festival, Alice Rohrwacher’s film is part comedy, part magic-realist fantasy, part sad romance, and totally captivating. Italian with English subtitles.

2023 | Dir Elene Naveriani | 110m | Switzerland | Georgia

Tuesday 25 June 2024 at 7.30pm

The life of a happily single, 48 year old woman, living in a remote Georgian village, is turned upside down when a man enters her life. Is her cherished independence in danger?

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Eke Chavleishvili is a revelation as Etero in this coming-of (middle) age movie about a Georgian woman living alone with her own business, doing as she pleases, not concerned with men and relationships… until she almost falls to her death picking blackberries. This incident makes her braver and more adventurous. She starts to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, speaking her mind and making the first move with a man she has admired. This newfound zest for life is bittersweet. Strange symptoms make her fear she may be very sick, and she prepares to end her days at the hospital. Her doctor, however, has a wonderful and surprising diagnosis for her. “A marvellously tender story of loneliness and love. A gentle, sensual gem of a movie” (Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian). Georgian with English subtitles.

2024 | Dir Alex Garland | 109m | USA

Wednesday 26 June 2024 at 7.30pm
Saturday 29 June 2024 at 2.00pm

In Alex Garland’s vision of a fractured future America, a group of journalists race to reach the capital before rebel factions descend upon the White House.

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From Alex Garland, the sci-fi writer-director behind Ex-Machina and Annihilation, comes a new dystopian thriller about a not too distant future where civil war has broken out in the United States. The film follows a group of journalists as they travel across the country documenting the horrors they witness along the way. As they encounter rising tensions amongst the country’s citizens and betrayals lurking at their every turn, will they make it in time to expose its secrets?

2022 | Dir Marc Fitoussi | 110m | France | Greece

Thursday 27 June 2024 at 2.30pm
Thursday 27 June 2024 at 7.30pm

School mates Blandine and Magalie are re-united for a trip to the Greek islands, but can these two mismatched characters re-discover their old friendship, with the help of Magalie’s friend Bijou?

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Blandine and Magalie were school friends who once planned to run away to a Greek island. Now middle-aged and divorced, she mentions her friend to her son, who finds Magalie online and books the dream trip for them. Blandine is uptight, and Magalie is a free spirit, so they don’t hit it off, and have soon drifted off-course in the Greek islands. They then bump into an old friend of Magalie’s, and their relationship changes. Great performances and dreamy Greek landscapes make this the ideal summer escape film. French with English subtitles.


2023 | Dir Blitz Bazawule | 141m | USA

 Cast: Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Ciara, Aunjanue Ellis

In Blitz Bazawule’s adaptation of The Color Purple, the indomitable spirit of Celie Harris, portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, unfolds against the backdrop of early 20th-century America. Enduring the harrowing trials of abuse, forced marriage, and separation from her sister Nettie, Celie’s life takes an unexpected turn when she forges a powerful connection with the spirited jazz singer Shug Avery (H.E.R.). As the narrative weaves through decades, Celie’s resilience, bolstered by the unwavering support of friends like Sofia (Danielle Brooks) and Mary Agnes (Fantasia Barrino), leads to a triumphant reunion with Nettie and the reclamation of familial ties. With a stellar ensemble cast and a stirring blend of soulful music, The Color Purple is a poignant exploration of sisterhood & empowerment.

Wednesday 03 April 2024 at 7pm
The Arts Bar will open from 6pm serving drinks and snacks.
All tickets £10

Trailer below…….

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Six black women discuss the film and the close bond that exists in black female sisterhood.

Sisterhood: A Short Film produced in partnership with The Color Purple.
Director: Amber Akaunu
Producer: Jendella Benson
Florist: Teanne Andrews

Featuring: Tobi Oredein, Charlene Badibanga, Victora Sanusi, Jasmine Braithwaite, Anyika Onuora, Nkechi Onuora.

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1996 | Dir F. Gary Gray | 123m | USA

Cast: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A.Fox

Four Black women, all of whom have suffered for lack of money and at the hands of the majority, undertake to rob banks. While initially successful, a policeman who was involved in shooting one of the women’s brothers is on their trail. As the women add to the loot, their tastes and interests begin to change and their suspicions of each other increase on the way to a climactic robbery.

“Set It Off is a lot more than a thriller about four women who rob banks. It compares with WAITING TO EXHALE, but with a strong jolt of reality. It creates a portrait of the lives of these women that’s so observant and informed.” The movie surprised and moved me; I expected a routine action picture and was amazed how much I started to care about the characters. Roger Ebert

Wednesday 10 April 2024 at 7.30pm

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Finding Us

Finding Us

If visiting us for the first time, allow extra time to find us as we have limited signage visible from the street and we are in the middle of a large building.

We are located in Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET and the entrance is next door to The Spreadeagle pub and Clocktower Cafe. This entrance is for Croydon Central Library but as you go in, veer off left and go upstairs to the first floor where the entrance to the Arts Bar and Cinema is down a ramp opposite the escalator. This escalator can be used from the ground floor if you cannot manage the stairs and can be found at the end of the atrium, past the stairs from the ground floor.

We do not screen advertisements and show minimal trailers so programmes start at their advertised time.

We are 10 minutes walk from East Croydon and West Croydon train stations. More detailed information is here.

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David Lean Cinema Gift Voucher Application

David Lean Cinema Gift Voucher Application Form

Following submission of this form, you will receive an invoice by email with a clickable link to pay by credit or debit card. We will then confirm payment and send your voucher(s) by email with a PDF attachment.

Your voucher purchase will be confirmed by email. Vouchers purchased online can only be redeemed via our Ticket Line 020 3740 5740. Vouchers purchased at the Box Office can be redeemed at the Box Office in person or via the Ticket Line for advance bookings and seat reservation.
We will only call you if we have a problem processing this application. Note that phone calls may indicate “Number Witheld” on your phone if we call you.
The choice here depends on whether the user normally attends alone or accompanied.
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Christmas Quiz Fundraiser

The Big Christmas Quiz Fundraiser

Get into the holiday spirit; gather your friends and family for a festive quiz night filled with brain-teasing questions and heartwarming holiday cheer. With our special guest hosts leading the way, you’re in for a night of laughter, entertainment, and great company.

Best of all, your participation goes towards raising much-needed funds for the cinema.

Venue: Croydon Clocktower Cafe, Katharine St, CR9 1ET (Entry via main library entrance)
Food, drink and bar open from 5.30pm
Quiz starts at 7pm

Special guest hosts acting as Quizmasters: Joanna Scanlan (cinema patron) and Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip, The Crown). Raffle and quiz prizes to be won.

If you want to make it a full day of fun, don’t miss our pre-quiz film THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL screening at 4pm (Needs to be booked separately). It’s the perfect way to kick off the festivities!
THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL 04 December 2023 at 4pm

AGM 2023

David Lean Cinema AGM 2023


Monday 25th September, 2023 – 7:30PM
David Lean Cinema Auditorium
Arts Bar open from 6.30pm

1.       Welcome and Introductions

2.       Report on the work of the Campaign in the period March 2022 – April 2023 by the Chair

3.       Report on the Accounts in the period March 2022 – April 2023 by the Treasurer

4.       Appointment of Accountants – Treasurer to propose

5.       Appointment of Officers and the Committee

6.       Any Other Business

NB  The Chair’s Film Quiz will follow the formal agenda and is hoped to be easier than last year!

It will help us to know, in advance, approximate numbers of people attending so please email your intentions to agm(at) or use the Contact Form on this website.

Relevant documents are available below:

2022-2023 Chair Report
2022-2023 Treasurer Report
2022-2023 Accounts


2022 | Dir Edward Lovelace | 82 mins | UK

With: Lawand Hamad Amin and Rawa Hamad Amin

Five-year-old Lawand is on a quest to find a world where there are people like him – people who will understand him. Since birth, Lawand has been profoundly Deaf and unable to communicate with those around him. He undertakes a treacherous journey with his family from Iraq to Derby, home of the Royal School for the Deaf. But this new life soon comes under threat when the family face deportation. Along with members of the Derby community, they begin a new quest – a fight to stay in the place they now call home. Employing a striking visual style that frames Lawand’s development, from being voiceless to a voice representing others in the D/deaf community, Edward Lovelace’s (The Possibilities Are Endless) documentary is an inspirational and touching coming-of-age story.

Edward Lovelace uses impressionistic techniques to capture the world of Lawand as he learns to communicate in this moving, inspirational tale (Wendy Ide in The Guardian)
This is Croydon – London Borough of Culture screening

Buy tickets for Thursday 24 August 2023 at 2.30pm – Box Office open at 1.45pm for walk-in sales
Buy tickets for Thursday 24 August 2023 at 7.45pm
There will be a BSL Meeter and Greeter present at the evening screening.
For the evening screening the Arts Bar and Box Office (next to the cinema entrance will be open from 6.45pm)
Online sales have ceased but tickets are still available for purchase at the Box Office in the Arts Bar near cinema entrance.
Both screenings are presented in Kurdish, English and BSL with English descriptive subtitles throughout.
Producer’s message and trailer below