CURZON- Recognise. Revive. Relive.


CURZON- Recognise. Revive. Relive.

Calling all cinema-goers with memories of the Curzon!

It is not by coincidence that Paul McNally chose to set up his design studio, Stylografik, on the Ormeau Road or that Orla Smyth chose the road as the location of her first Kaffe O store in 2014.

As Ormeau Road natives they grew up in the 80s and 90s when the Road was a very different place, for many different reasons. The Ormeau Road has changed immeasurably over that period of time but what has always been prevalent is the sense of community among its people.

One major hub of this community, before its demolition in 2003, was the Curzon, a 5 screen cinema designed by John McBride Neill which opened in 1936.

Orla and Paul often look across the road at the space which now occupies the former Curzon site with a twinge of sadness... ‘Can you imagine how class it would be if the Curzon was still there...’

Whilst wishing cannot make it re-appear, a seed was sown that there must be many people out there with similar views and fantastic memories of the institution that was the Curzon.

It is with this thought that they decided to launch the Curzon Project. Their aims are simple they want to

  1. Recognise the importance of independent cinema and independent film makers.
  2. Revive the glory days of the Curzon through archive footage of the famous institution.
  3. Relive people’s personal experience of the cinema, from first films to first dates and beyond.

To achieve these aims they have designed and produced a series of organic tee shirts and prints commemorating the Curzon. These will be available (for a limited time) through from April 5th – with a percentage of the profits being channelled to local independent film makers to make a short documentary on people’s personal experiences of the Curzon. 

Joining together with Film Hub NI’s Sara Gunn-Smith (another original Ormeau resident and regular attender at the Curzon), to oversee the film production, screen heritage and exhibition aspect of the project, the team have a target of £3000 to make this film a reality. Buy a t-shirt, buy a print or donate the price of a cinema ticket – it will all add up to make the Curzon come alive on the big screen at special Ormeau Road screening later this year.

The Curzon Project is kicking off next Wednesday 22 March at 8pm where people are invited to come along to Kaffe O (411 Ormeau Road) from 8pm-10pm to share special memories of the Curzon on film – these clips will form part of the launch short film which will hit in early April, before the main film is produced during June & July. If you can’t make it down, feel free to Tweet @curzonproject or email with memories and old photos. 

Be part of the Curzon revival.