Esoteric London

No. 460: Curzon Street, W1

Posted in Architectural, Interiors, Murals by esotericlondon on December 2, 2011

Curzon Mayfair, Curzon Street, London, W1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

Designed in 1957 and built between 1963 and 1966 the Curzon cinema in Mayfair has been Grade II listed since 1997. The interior of the cinema is the most elaborate and best surviving of the post-war period. Of particular note are the stunning wall murals by William Mitchell and Associates of which the photograph above shows a detail. Made of fibre glass they  reflect the auditorium’s  lighting and help disperse sound whilst creating a cave/cliff face like impression.

According to the William Mitchell website Kenneth Tynan, the celebrated theatre critic, stated when viewing the auditorium, “Tonight I went to the cinema in the Chedder Gorge”.

To see more of William Mitchell’s work visit his website by clicking here and should you wish to visit the cinema details of the current screenings can be viewed by clicking here. R.D.

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  1. Edward Mirzoeff said, on December 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

    I guess he meant Kenneth Tynan, the celebrated theatre critic.

    • esotericlondon said, on December 2, 2011 at 11:11 am

      Hello Eddie, I think that you are right and I am going to alter the wording of the post. I do endeavour to check and check again the facts that I post but I obviously slipped up this time. Thanks for the tip off. Best Roger

  2. Jo Hall said, on December 11, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Curzon cinemas always charge more than any other cinemas that I normally go to, but they do have the best films. I always feel they are a bit lifeless and stuck in the past, so this post sums them up really nicely….


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