Despite repairs over the years, rain 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 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”, however, from December 2018, water started to come into the main auditorium.
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 to deliver a series of events and activities for the community – 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 Trusts and Foundations, meant that the Curzon reached it’s target in February 2020. However, tenders from contractors came in higher than the architects expected and the Curzon staff and volunteers needed to raise an additional £30,000 for the project
Work on the roof began on Monday 24 February 2020 and with donations coming in, we were left with just £18,000 to raise and felt sure we could see the finish line, But now, due to the coronavirus pandemic, work is delayed indefinitely and, for the first time in 108 years, the cinema has been forced to close.
We are now deeply concerned for the long-term future of our building.
We desperately need your help to ensure the Curzon can continue both as a heritage venue encapsulating the story of cinema-going in Britain and as the cultural beating heart of the region.
Please support us today by clicking donate and make your gift to help save the cinema.
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.
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.