At the start of term the Goldsmiths #MadeItHappen campaign offered students and staff alike the chance to see a Goldsmiths student short in the new Curzon and Goldsmiths cinema. I jumped at the chance to see the cinema and experience the technology before it officially opened and I was thoroughly impressed. The experience of walking into the new cinema is not a compelling experience for a Goldsmiths student. The new cinema, which is homed in the Richard Hoggart Buliding, has been referred to as the RHB cinema for a few generations of students.
Used as a lecture theatre for many different Goldsmiths courses, the RHB cinema (or do we just refer to as cinema now? Or the Curzon?) has been given a massive makeover with new seats, spectacular surround sound and a brand new projection booth. The cinema has been thoroughly spruced up, the room freshly painted and no longer smelling of stale sweat and the tears of anxiety. The cinema is now entirely wheelchair accessible and also offers facilities for those who are hard of hearing.
The cinema is small and intimate, providing the watching experience with a personal feel between film and the audience. However intimate, the screen may be too small to properly enjoy the film if one sits too far next to the walls. The partnership between Curzon and Goldsmiths makes the new cinema the first permanent picture-house in the borough of Lewisham in 15 years. This partnership makes the Goldsmiths cinema one of the best campus cinemas in the UK, fitting seeing Goldsmiths’ history with film which includes years of film research as well as a handful of Academy Award winners including Steve McQueen, Goldsmiths fine art alumni and director of the 2014 best picture winner 12 Years a Slave.
The new campus cinema will open to the public on Friday, January 29th. The cinema will be open seven days a week offering all day programming on the weekends and evening programming during the week. Prices vary with students paying £6.50 during off-peak screenings (Saturday and Sunday from opening to 5pm) and £7 for peak programming (Monday to Sunday from 5pm until closing.) Students and the public will be able to purchase tickets and find all information on the official Curzon and Goldsmiths website or by calling 0330 500 1331. The first films screened at the new cinema will be Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu’s The Revanant (starring Leonardo di Caprio and Tom Hardy – nominated for 12 Academy Awards and winner of three Golden Globes) and Adam McKay’s The Big Short (starring Steve Carrell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt – nominated for five Academy Awards and five BAFTAs).
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