It is no secret that the new Curzon Cinema in Sheffield used to be a bank; the words Sheffield Banking Co. Ltd. are etched under the Curzon sign above the front door. We knew that this was a listed building that had been carefully and lovingly converted into an ultra-modern cinema, where many of the bank's original features were still in tact... but none of us were prepared for the first thing we saw on our tour!
What you are reading now is an account of a tour that 'I Just Wanna Tek Gud Photos' photo group, hereafter referred to as 'we', took on Sunday morning 22nd March 2015. The staff and management of the brand new Curzon Cinema in Sheffield City Centre very kindly allowed us access both front and back of house so that we could really get a feel for this magnificent building.
So, let us begin at the beginning...
The first thing you will notice is the very imposing front door, flanked on both sides by magnificent pillars and the Curzon sign sat atop the old Sheffield Banking Co. sign.
As you go through the black double doors you are straight into the lobby. There is a bar in front of you which doubles as the reception, a lounge to the right and screens to the left. All seems business as usual for a cinema until you look up and notice that you are actually standing in the former bank's lobby complete with a massive clock and elaborately decorated ceilings.
Down to the Vaults
We were just starting to take in the majesty of the lobby when our guide opened a discrete door and unveiled one of the building's hidden treasures... the vaults! At the bottom of a flight of stairs we found ourselves in an entirely different place; rooms with cages, safes, blast-proof doors, and miles upon miles of cables.
It was also a treat for us technology buffs to be able to get a look at the 'projection room' which is less like the giant cans of film mounted on a spinning projector and more like a modern server room, which of course it basically is.
Ok, back up the stairs now and back to the actual cinema... three screens with colourful reclining seats and the very latest in cinema technology.
We couldn't get into Screen 2 because there was a movie on, so you will have to make a visit yourself to find out what colour the seats are in there.
Here is screen 3 with the red chairs.
On the opposite side of the bar area from Screen 1 is the Lounge, a nice cozy little seating area perfect for that pre-movie drink.
The Lobby, Terrace and Bar Areas
After exploring every possible angle in the screens and the lounge we went back out into the lobby and had a thorough look around, covering the open lounge area in the main lobby outside screen 2 and then upstairs to the terrace and another bar area.
We as a group would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone at Curzon for making us feel very welcome. There is a real sense that people working there are proud of the achievements and work that went into creating it and it makes for a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, just what you need when you go see a movie.
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