….. HMV Curzon in Wimbledon
Perched on top of the HMV store opposite Wimbledon station, the HMV Curzon is a wee gem. It may be competing against a multiplex just round the corner, but seems to be quite happily holding its own by serving up a mix of blockbusters and less mainstream offerings.
So why do I like it?
- Good selection of films. Recent movies I’ve seen there include True Grit, Blue Valentine, Tinker Tailor and Jack Goes Boating.
- Small screening rooms. All three are comfortable, with the largest holding just over 100 people. And the raked seating is a definite plus when a six footer decides to sit in front.
- Bargain price! If you go to a screening which starts before 2 pm, it costs just a fiver. And that’s seven days a week!
- Minimal popcorn. I’m not a fan of the sticky, smelly, noisy stuff and, while they do sell it here, they don’t make a big deal of it and I’ve not seen many people bringing the dreaded tubful into the screening room.
- Nice bar. They let you take your drink into the film, which is decidedly civilised, and they serve a good cappuccino.
Hopefully some – if not all – of that will encourage you to try out the place. And, before you ask, this isn’t a shameless ploy to blag free Curzon tickets. Some of today’s cinemas aren’t wonderful – I’ve never forgotten the sticky carpet in the auditorium on my one and only visit to the Odeon in Tottenham Court Road! – so when I find somewhere good, I like to spread the word.