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

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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.
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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


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

Patron – Joanna Scanlan

Joanna Scanlan - David Lean Cinema Patron

The David Lean Cinema has proudly announced renowned British actress Joanna Scanlan as its new Patron. Joanna achieved critical acclaim and won a BAFTA Film Award and a British Independent Film Award for her powerful performance in the film “After Love”.

Expressing her excitement, Joanna stated, “How thrilling to be honoured with the post of Patron of the David Lean Cinema, the shining beacon for all cinema lovers in Croydon. As a young person, independent cinema changed the course of my life and continues to do so. Grassroots cinema clubs like David Lean provide a dynamic source of pleasure and enlightenment. The irrepressible force of the movie as delivered by DLC’s enthusiastic volunteers is the weekly highlight of entertainment and culture for so many. I intend to support and promote fundraising and the team’s world-class programming. Join me at a film or two this year!”

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Joanna Scanlan, David Lean Cinema Patron


Watch at home for £7.49 (use promo code DLYS)

2020 | Dir Jenni Toivoniemi | 117 mins | Finland

An old group of friends in their thirties gathers to celebrate Mitzi’s (Emmi Parviainen) surprise birthday party over a nostalgic weekend at an idyllic seaside villa – just like they used to do as teenagers. The party sets off on wrong tracks immediately, as the birthday girl is not so pleased about the surprise.
A tense situation is broken up, when Mitzi’s best friend Veronika (Laura Birn) brings along her new boyfriend Mikael (Christian Hillborg), a Swedish Hollywood star.
Familiar surroundings and the old rituals get to the core of the group and make them forget their adulthood. Revelations, not meant to harm the balance, make them reassess their past as well as their present. Finnish with English subtitles.

As a thank you for supporting us, you will get 25% off each ticket purchase. Just enter DLYS at checkout. You will also be supporting the David Lean Cinema as we get a share of every ticket sold using this promo code.
Stream available for 48 hours after play started.
Distributor: YourScreen – create account or login.
Film run ends on 31 October 2021.

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