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Curzon makes licensing bid for new three-screen Hoxton cinema

PUBLISHED: 17:28 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:35 04 July 2017

The Hoxton Gaumont Cinema  in Pitfield Street, pictured in planning documents in its heyday

The Hoxton Gaumont Cinema in Pitfield Street, pictured in planning documents in its heyday

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Arthouse chain Curzon plans to open a three-screen cinema in Hoxton by next year, where it will show an “eclectic mix” of films, operas and concerts.

Heritage groups were angry last year that the original facade of the old Hoxton cinema was not preserved during its demolitionHeritage groups were angry last year that the original facade of the old Hoxton cinema was not preserved during its demolition

The chain - which already has 10 cinemas in the UK - has applied for a licence to serve alcohol at the

Pitfield Street branch from 8.30am until midnight every day, apart from 11.30pm Sunday.

Police have raised concerns saying another licenced premises would lead to an increase in footfall and anti-social behaviour, but Curzon said the impact of the cinema would be “minimal in comparison to venues like nightclubs or pubs”.

A decision will be made whether to grant the licence by Hackney Council’s licensing sub-committee on Thursday.

The cinema is being rebuilt as a pastiche after its iconic front was reduced to rubble last year, when developers realised it couldn’t be brought back to its former glory.

In 2012, the original plans for the four-screen cinema and cafe had promised restoration of the concrete structure - but health and safety concerns brought its sad demise.


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