David Lean Cinema


Croydon Bicycle Theatre celebrates women’s suffrage centenary

Posted on February 1st, by Amy Foster in Culture. No Comments

Telling the story of the battle for women’s right to vote

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.”

When Susan B. Anthony made this statement, voting rights remained a distant promise for women both in her native US and here in the UK. However, it is no surprise to … Read More »



Why I’m backing Croydon’s bid to be London’s first Borough of Culture

Posted on December 6th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

All the low-down on the borough’s bid, supported by the Citizen as a proud local media partner

David Bowie famously used the word ‘Croydon’ as an insult. “God, it’s so f**king Croydon”, he would say.

Well, Bowie was no stranger to cultural re-invention and if he were still alive today, it wouldn’t take much to convince him that Croydon is ch-ch-ch-ch-changing. In fact, as … Read More »



This Saturday, Croydon Literary Festival takes place at David Lean Cinema – will you be there?

Posted on September 4th, by Jonny Rose in Culture, Topical. No Comments

The man who proposed Croydon’s first literary festival humbly requests your presence…

Croydon’s first Literary Festival is happening on Saturday

Back in January, I wrote about why the time was right for Croydon to have a dedicated literary festival  – and thanks to the hard work of Cassie Whittell, Clair Woodward and a host of other local volunteers, it has happened.

This Saturday, when you enter the … Read More »



Read all about it: Croydon’s first literary festival is here

Posted on August 11th, by Cassie Whittell in Culture. 1 Comment

Forget Hay-on-Wye. Your literary heritage will be celebrated on Saturday 9 September at the David Lean Cinema

If Stoke Newington and Balham can have a literary festival, then why not Croydon? That was the thinking back in April this year, when Croydon stalwart Jonny Rose called together a group of like-minded volunteers to put together the borough’s inaugural literary festival.

One meeting … Read More »



Purley Festival is back!

Posted on May 15th, by Martin Leay in Culture. No Comments

Back after a break, 2017′s festival will be bigger and better than ever

Purley Festival has been a highlight of the Croydon calendar since 2011. After a break last year, this great community festival is back for local people to enjoy this summer.

Starting on Monday 26th June with a week-long series of festival fringe events, the festival builds up to a music and arts finale on … Read More »



Bollywood film season announced for David Lean cinema

Posted on August 25th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

Apsara Arts announces a programme of critically-acclaimed Bollywood films connected to London to be shown during September at the independent cinema in Katharine Street, central Croydon. 

Release begins: Bollywood blockbusters come to Croydon! Apsara Arts is proud to present ‘Nameste London’, an exciting programme of critically-acclaimed Bollywood films, all of which have a strong connection to London.

The films, all of which have a broad universal appeal … Read More »



Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes: if David Bowie saw Croydon now

Posted on June 26th, by Andrew Dickinson in Culture. 3 comments

“I hated it with a vengeance”, said David Bowie. Or did he? The clues are all there, thinks Andrew Dickinson

Approximately 300 of us packed in to the Arnhem Gallery last Thursday 11th June to be part of the travelling book-reading-cum-public-debate show, ‘Croydon Til I Die’, which looks at suburban life and questions why it’s so often – and so famously – been sneered at. Although … Read More »



Has St George’s Walk become the epicentre of Croydon’s independent arts revival?

Posted on June 18th, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 2 comments

Jonny Rose looks back on the year that St George’s Walk broke

As I write this, it is almost a year ago to the day that Andrew Dickinson could be found lamenting the state of St George’s Walk in these very pages:

“This should have been Park Place, a new retail and leisure hub [...] for people to enjoy a café culture lifestyle, and … Read More »



David Lean cinema thanks its most loyal patron

Posted on April 24th, by CronxWire in CronxWire. No Comments

The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign – which recently completed a year of films since returning to its Clocktower venue – has thanked its most frequent and loyal patron at a party given for volunteers on Friday 17th April.

Release begins: Jane Hunt, a central Croydon resident and David Lean steward, has attended a remarkable 52 of the 75 films shown during the cinema’s first year of … Read More »



How not to be boring: A Croydon Manifesto

Posted on April 1st, by Jonny Rose in Culture. 5 comments

Jonny Rose responds to James Naylor’s plea to ‘make Croydon less boring‘ with some suggestions of his own

Like the Croydon Citizen’s editor in chief, I’ve long thought that Croydon is boring.

Where Naylor and I differ, though, is that he apportions Croydon’s boringness to perception and place, whilst I contend that it’s a people issue. Boring people begat boring places which begat boring cultures.

To … Read More »