Looking forward to cinema centenary

I WAS interested to read an excellent article in last week’s Eastbourne Herald.

However, I must disagree with one comment made by Ms Rashidally. The Curzon Cinema has never been called the ‘Manhattan’.

The ‘Picturedrome Cinema’ (opened in December 1920) was only renamed ‘The Curzon Cinema’ when it was acquired by Classic Cinemas in 1966.

The present owner, Mr Roy Galloway, took over ‘The Curzon’ in 1987 and it has remained independent ever since.

The ‘Manhattan’ cinema was the final name given to ‘The New Central Cinema’ – this having started life as ‘The Central Hall Electric Theatre’ in 1915.

The ‘Manhattan’ cinema closed its doors for the final time in 1966.

As Ms Rashidally rightly points out ‘The Curzon Cinema’ is the only remaining cinema in the centre of Eastbourne, and having just celebrated its 90th birthday I am sure that we all hope that it will be still going strong for its centenary in 2020.


Assistant Manager

The Curzon Cinema