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Silent movies? How soundproofing could save the Curzon

Thousands sign petition in bid save iconic cinema threatened by luxury flats being built above it

17 March, 2017 — By The Xtra Diary

Developers building flats above the Curzon cinema in Mayfair have applied for permission to install soundproofing

IT seems things are looking up for the Curzon in Mayfair.

Last year it was feared the cinema may have to close if sound from below affected new luxury flats being built above it.

Naturally, the community rallied behind the iconic cinema, which opened at 38 Curzon Street in 1938.

It is known for hosting a variety of premieres and for screening a range of foreign and arthouse movies that may not be seen in mainstream venues.

A petition calling for the cinema to be saved has been signed by more than 27,000 people.

Developers Vevil International and 38 Curzon Ltd have now asked Westminster Council for planning permission to install soundproofing to prevent the sound of films reaching the flats.

West End councillor Pancho Lewis, who launched a petition last year, said: “It goes to show that by pulling together we can send a strong message and protect cultural venues in the West End.”

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