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.