To: Crossrail; Mayor of London

Save London's Curzon Soho cinema!

Save London's Curzon Soho cinema!

To prevent London's Curzon Soho cinema from being demolished to make way for the Crossrail 2 development.

Why is this important?

Curzon Soho is one of London's flagship arthouse cinemas. Recent announcements revealed that it may be knocked down to make way for the Crossrail 2 development. The West End Extra newspaper originally broke the story about a possible demolition and it was taken up by the Daily Telegraph. The Guardian and many other publications have also picked up the story.

On 17 April 2016, The Observer published an excellent and detailed article outlining why the battle to save Curzon Soho matters. Read it here

- West End Extra article:
- Daily Telegraph article:
- The Guardian:

In the recent past, Curzon Soho has been named the best cinema in London by readers of the listings magazine 'Time Out'. However, this unique, lovely and important cinema is under threat as it has been named a "surface area of interest" by those organising the £25 billion Crossrail 2 project.

Losing Curzon Soho would be yet another nail in the coffin for the arts in London for the sake of the commercial and financial gain of the minority. Any proposal to demolish this wonderful cinema would be yet another example of the rampant 'beigification' of London. Londoners should unite and reject any proposals to destroy our cultural heritage.

Those of us who want to save Curzon Soho from such a destructive and shameful fate need to fight for its wellbeing right now. A petition signed by 1000s of people whilst the open consultation process is ongoing may just make developers think twice about demolishing our arthouse cinema.

We need the power of signatures to help us convince developers that the cinema is worth keeping and important to many people.

How it will be delivered

The petition will be emailed to Crossrail developers as well as the Mayor of London. If you have any suggestions on who else we should email, please let us know.

99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY

Reasons for signing

  • The reason and whole point of going and having Soho is because of places like this - if these places don't exist what is the point of having CrossRail 2????????
  • One of the most prestigious cinemas in the world where I have had the good fortune to see many outstanding films , many of them foreign, that other cinemas would never have the courage to show. Far from the Hollywood blockbusters which seem to have taken over everywhere.
  • It's a great central cinema showing films that don't make it to the big multiplexes


2016-04-18 12:19:00 +0100

"There is no substitute for seeing films live, in a cinema, with an audience. " (Jonathan Romney, The Guardian)

Thank you all for signing our petition. Your love for Curzon Soho (and cinema & culture) is a joy to behold. We’re now very close to our goal - with your help we can smash it!

You’ve probably read Jonathan Romney's great write-up of our campaign on yesterday's Guardian. If not, please find it here:

Do join us at the next events coming up to support the campaign:
Tuesday 3 May: special screening of Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, plus panel discussion about the impact of urban development on Soho's LGBTQI community.

Friday 6 May: a fantastic late-night Save Curzon Soho party courtesy of Midnight Movies with The Blues Brothers. There will be a DJ, prizes for the best costumes, special themed cocktails, and even a performance from the London City Voices Choir!

2015-01-22 17:52:46 +0000

20,000 signatures reached

2015-01-06 09:29:36 +0000

10,000 signatures reached

2015-01-05 10:14:21 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2015-01-04 18:09:43 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2015-01-04 15:26:17 +0000

500 signatures reached

2015-01-03 19:37:22 +0000

100 signatures reached

2014-12-31 21:06:53 +0000

50 signatures reached

2014-12-31 13:27:27 +0000

25 signatures reached

2014-12-31 11:38:40 +0000

10 signatures reached