The arrival of a sparkling new cinema is something for any cinephile to celebrate. I have found myself drawn to the latest addition to
Nestled away at the top of the Westgate, Curzon Oxford offers an expansive and comfortable viewing experience. The screens themselves are luxurious, with seating split between individual seats and sofa seats for two. There is ample leg room, with the auditorium offering a quality viewing experience, complete with the latest in audiovisual technology that comes with a newly built arthouse cinema. Older cinemas tend to have a bedraggled quality to them, complete with questionable stains on the carpet and broken seats in the auditoriums, but there is none of this with the Curzon. The two times I have visited have been some of my favourite viewing experiences of recent months.
Curzon's programming seems to be aimed at exhibiting both mainstream, blockbuster cinema and more arthouse, indie fare. This means that the latest Disney animations and superhero juggernauts share screen times with award contenders and examples of films from across the globe. Particularly exciting are the occasional previews and individual screens with visiting filmmakers participating in Q&As to discuss their films. The final element the Curzon brings to attendees are the VR experiences. There is a choice of four (nature, art, horror and family), each lasting approximately 20 minutes. I could not be swayed to trying out the horror experience and so went with nature, which led me to 'swimming' with seals. This is a fun if gimmicky addition, limited by the use of one of the less advanced modern headsets. Thankfully I can't yet see this overtaking the cinema experience.
Where the Curzon stands out is in the experience surrounding the film. The cinema has a warm, friendly environment, with a classy sheen. The staff are friendly, approachable and knowledgeable, and I have been able to strike up a conversation with them about the latest releases. The food is outstanding. I particularly loved the halloumi fries and the pizzas sold are spot on, thin crusts and flavoursome. The cinema is almost good enough to encompass an entire evening out and is why I feel it will flourish.
I have fallen in love with the Curzon cinema, and its approachable yet fashionable approach to the medium I adore. The programming cheekily offers the best of all worlds of films, the screens are sparkly and beautiful, and the surrounding elements are exceptional. I heartily recommend a visit to the Curzon today.