With the opening of the Curzon cinema in Goldsmiths University, Lewisham will no longer be the only borough in London, to not have its own dedicated cinema.
The newly opened 101 seater is part of a chain of cinemas specialising in European and arthouse movies.
Lewisham has been without a cinema since the Cannon in Catford closed fifteen years ago, in 2001.
Amy Adlington, a resident of Deptford, said the cinema is a good alternative to having to go to neighbouring boroughs:
We always have to go to Surrey Quays to go the cinema, which is a bit of a pain. I’d say it is a way of Goldsmiths kind of integrating itself further into the local community as something more than a university.
Adlington thinks the opening of the cinema is beneficial for the community.
A local student, Sam Denny, also thinks that the cinema is beneficial, especially to the poorer communities:
We are quite lucky to have a lot of, kind of quite up to date resources, and it’s probably good to make some of that quite available to the local area.
I don’t think this is a particularly wealthy area, so it’s probably good to make that quite accessible to other people.
The cinema said it was happy to partner with a university with a good heritage of alumni involved in the world of movies.
The CEO of Curzon, Mel Alcock, said he was delighted to bring quality movies to the area.
The cinema holds 101 seats, and a rage of ticket prices, from £6 to £12, and £7 tickets for all students.