The curtain is soon to go up on Sheffield’s latest entertainment venue – an independent three-screen cinema.
Small cinema chain Curzon chose the Steel City as the ideal location for its 15th venue, which opens to the public tomorrow.
Contained within the former site of the Sheffield Banking Company on George Street in the city centre, Curzon aims to complement the city centre’s existing arts and entertainment scene, while adding something new to the offering.
Jonathan Griffin, Curzon general manager, said the unique building gives the venue character and its small screens – with a total capacity of about 150 seats – make for an intimate cinematic experience.
He said: “The culture of Sheffield looks like it’s on the up, which is why Curzon thought it would be a great location for a small, upmarket cinema showing a range of films, both independent and big blockbusters.
“Curzon likes unusual buildings for its venues to make each one different and has spent time restoring original features within the former bank building to retain its heritage and create a special environment.
“The small screens mean there is less interference than you would get at a multiplex and gives customers a much more intimate film experience.”
In addition to mainstream movies, the cinema will show independent films from around the world, as well as live opera, ballet and theatre broadcasts streamed direct to its screens. Furthermore film buffs can enjoy exclusive events such as special previews, ‘Curzon Curates’ screenings and Q&A sessions with directors of independent films.
Mr Griffin said: “There is something for everyone, from Kids Club on a Saturday to independent foreign films and the latest releases. Our hub bar and roof terrace area, which can be hired for private parties, also offers space for people to socialise and relax.”
About £2.4 million has been spent on the transformation of the building to create the cinema, with café, bar and roof terrace.
While original features remain in decorative ceiling panels, sash windows and even vault doors, the former bank has taken on a new, modern interior, which includes colourful furniture, exposed brick and contemporary lighting. Each of the screens, which range from 30 to 66 seats, boasts custom-made seats that recline for a luxury film viewing experience.
Curzon Sheffield opens its doors from noon tomorrow and will be showing Foxcatcher, The Theory of Everything and Birdman across its screens. Customers are advised to pre-book tickets online at www.curzonworld.com