David Lean


Lean dreams in the dark

Posted on March 26th, by Liz Sheppard-Jones in Culture. No Comments

Why did the little cinema in Katharine Street Croydon refuse to die?

9AM, Monday February 24th 2014. A procession of early arrivals at the Croydon Visitor Centre discovers that you can’t, after all, purchase tickets there for the New David Lean’s re-opening. People’s frustration really shows, and the number of early-morning callers and the extent of their disappointment tell a powerful story. Why did the … Read More »



Taras Shevchenko: The poet of Ukrainian freedom

Posted on February 25th, by Sean Creighton in History. 1 Comment

As the recent events in Ukraine throw the country into turmoil, Sean Creighton looks at the life of a Ukrainian poet who fought for the freedom of his country using words

A few years before he set up home in Upper Norwood, the African American actor Ira Aldridge toured Russia in 1858 and 1859. Among those who reacted to his acting with rapture was ‘the … Read More »



David Lean spirit at Croydon’s ‘art house’ cinema pub

Posted on March 1st, by Philip Howard in Culture. 3 comments

Film-lovers are regularly filling the Spread Eagle’s upstairs room. Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign programmer Philip Howard explains why

The Save the David Lean Cinema Campaign pursues two main objectives. Our primary goal is to reopen the David Lean Cinema in the Clocktower complex. In the longer term, this could mean supporting a social enterprise or cinema chain with attractive plans, but in the meantime … Read More »