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Save London’s Curzon Soho Cinema

Here’s a petition via 38Degrees, submitted by Lawrence Jones with the purpose of preventing London's Curzon Soho cinema from being demolished to make way for the Crossrail 2 development.

Info and actual petition here: 38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-the-curzon-soho

The Petition is to: Crossrail, and Mayor of London

Why is this important?
The Curzon Soho is one of London's flagship arthouse cinemas. Recent newspaper reports reveal that it may be knocked down to make way for the Crossrail 2 development. The West End Extra newspaper originally broke the story about a possible demolition and it was taken up by the Daily Telegraph. The Guardian and many other publications have also picked up the story.

- West End Extra article:
http://bit.ly/1zOGIfQ

- Daily Telegraph article:
http://bit.ly/1Bgvjrw

- The Guardian:
http://bit.ly/1PrZK4W

In the recent past, the Curzon Soho has been named the best cinema in London by readers of the listings magazine 'Time Out'. However, this unique, lovely and important cinema is under threat as it has been named a "surface area of interest" by those organising the £25 billion Crossrail 2 project.

Losing the Curzon Soho would be yet another nail in the coffin for the arts in London for the sake of the commercial and financial gain of the minority. Any proposal to demolish this wonderful cinema would be yet another example of the rampant 'beigification' of London. Londoners should unite and reject any proposals to destroy our cultural heritage.

Curzon has released a statement on its website about the impact of the Crossrail project on its Soho venue and urge people to make noise in the first open consultation process which is active until 8th January 2016.

Those of us who want to save Curzon Soho from such a destructive and shameful fate need to fight for its wellbeing right now. A petition signed by 1000s of people whilst the open consultation process is ongoing may just make developers think twice about demolishing our arthouse cinema.

We need the power of signatures to help us convince developers that the cinema is worth keeping and important to many people.

How it will be delivered (via Lawrence Jones)
The petition will be emailed to Crossrail developers as well as the Mayor of London. And to demonstrate the people's support for their venue, I will also email a copy of the petition to Curzon management. If you have any suggestions on who else I should email, please let me know.