Despite repairs over the years, rain water has been coming through the fragile roof tiles and damaging our magnificent building. The ornate tin panelling which reaches throughout the building and is the earliest and most complete example known to survive in England, is rusting and deteriorating and we are concerned for the safety of our collection of nearly 500 cinematic artefacts. To date water damage has been mainly “behind the scenes” and leaks have been managed by many buckets. However, from December 2018, water started to come into the main auditorium.
We are now deeply concerned for the long-term future of our building and urgently need to restore the whole roof to save the Curzon from closure.
The project is complex, including extensive restoration work to the structure of the roof and 12,833 tiles to be replaced. Estimates placed the total bill at c.£600,000 for the project, which also includes a new Activities Coordinator who will deliver a series of events and activities for the community – this was a requirement of the generous £239,900 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Incredible support from the community who have raised in excess of £120,000 so far, along with local businesses and grant-making organisations, meant that the Curzon reached the target in February 2020. However, tenders from contractors came in higher than the architects expected and the Curzon now need to raise a further £30,000 for the project.
Work will begin on Monday 24 February 2020 and is expected to be completed during the Summer.
In December 2019, the Curzon Cinema auctioned 39 of our old roof tiles that had been transformed into unique works of art. Cinema lovers and film buffs had the chance to purchase the tiles, made locally at the Sidney Keen Brickworks in the 1920s, in a week-long eBay auction with tiles decorated by Nick Park, David Sproxton, Peter Lord, Alan Lee, Mark Kermode and more.
Your Curzon Charity Facebook Page
We have set up a new Facebook page where we share news about fundraising as well as celebrate our incredible heritage and wider community impact work. Join us today and help us share the message of the roof appeal.
Come and write a message on one of the new roof tiles for a suggested donation of £10. You will literally become part of the very fabric of the building that means so much to so many. We have had tiles “tagged” in celebration of birthdays, weddings and anniversaries, in memory of loved ones, with poems, with favourite films, with memories of the Curzon and even comments about politics and climate change. What will you write on your tile?
Customers can tag-a-tile any time during our new box office hours although we recommend avoiding the busy periods of 4.30pm and 7.30pm which coincides with our screenings.
Business Friends of the Curzon
Would your business like to become part of our brand new Business Friends for one year with a gift of £100 or more? This can either be a business donation or fund-raised through your business and will support our hard work to restore and develop your Curzon. Funds raised initially will be directed to our roof appeal. As a thank you, we will invite you to our quarterly Business Friends events, provide a Business Friends window sticker and recognise your support on our website and Your Curzon Charity Facebook page.