Crazy for the Curzon
Is this the coolest cinema in Bucks & Oxon? 5 reasons you should watch your next film at the Curzon Oxford. Is this the coolest cinema in Bucks & Oxon? 5 reasons you should watch your next film at the Curzon Oxford
I’ve always been mad about movies, and back before we had children Mr M and I would go to several a week at our groovy Screen on the Green indie cinema in Islington. Post kids, it’s been more like sticky carpets, popcorn on the shoes and remortgaging for the pick and mix, as we’ve navigated the gamut of anonymous multiplex cinemas.
We do have some lovely smaller indie cinemas still knocking about in Bucks & Oxon (my favourites being the Ultimate Picture Palace on Cowley Road and Gerrards Cross’s Everyman) but if you haven’t been to Westgate’s Curzon yet you’re missing a cinematic trick because it’s kind of the best of both worlds. Curzon has grown from its roots as a cool London indie to be a slick, credible and in terms of the Oxford venue, superluxe venue.
Here are 5 reasons why you should come and give it a go next time you’re in Oxford:
They show the best films
With 5 screens, you have choice, but better than that you get curation. Wanna go arthouse? Book in for Happy As Lazzaro, Liam Gallagher: As It Was or Julianne Moore as Gloria Bell over the next month. Wanna watch a crowd-pleaser with your kids? This is actually how I’ve been using the Curzon mostly as it’s in the Westgate so massively convenient for shopping, pizza, movie times with the kids. Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther and Avengers: End Game have all been devoured here by team Muddy.
You can watch your movie on a sofa
Not even joking. The seats at the back are in ‘love seats’ of two so you don’t have to sit rigid in a chair. Ideal for little people, canoodlers, or those who like to chat while the ads are on (naughty). If you prefer a chair, even that’s a bit special, with a recliner option so you can stretch out your legs. All that’s missing is an air hostess and a signal towards the exits.
They hold regular events
Regular Q&As, preview screenings and director talks happen here so if you’re really into movies you’ll be in celluloid heaven. Case in point László Nemes, the Oscar-winning director of Son of Saul, comes to Curzon Oxford on 29 May for a special screening of his film Sunset and a Q&A afterwards but I’ve also had word from the new Curzon manager that they plan to really develop this area further so watch this space (or hey, just read Muddy, I’ll let you know everything).
You can eat here
There’s no absence of great places to eat at Westgate Oxford (we’ve reviewed Cinnamon Kitchen, Pizza Pilgrims, Sticks’n’Sushi amongst others) but if you’re in a rush or just want something low hassle, it’s good to know you can grab a sourdough pizza, hotdog, halloumi fries or hummus and flatbread.
It looks awesome
Curzon Oxford is less cinema, more A Single Man movie set, all cool retro interiors, neon bar lights, high stool bars, and, of course, groovy film artwork on the walls. You’ll feel mighty smug sitting here with a cocktail at night with mates waiting for your movie.
The sweet section is limited
There’s no pick and mix here (*thud*) which your children may balk at initially BUT family bags of sweets and pastries are on offer and my sugar-rush kids are plenty happy with that now. Plus you save about £20 per child in extortionate weight-led sweet prices, so frankly my dear little people, I don’t give a damn!
Westgate Curzon, Westgate Centre, Oxford, OX1 1NZ. Tel: 0333 321 0104.