GENERAL INFORMATION

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The Brunswick, London, WC1N 1AW
Tube: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line)
Buses: 7, 59, 68, 91, 168, 188

Hire THE CINEMA

Two large screens and bar available

Overlooking the leafy Coram Fields, seconds' walk from Russell Square tube station and part of the Brunswick Centre (with its wealth of quality bars and restaurants), this fabulously stylish two-screen cinema was taken over by Artificial Eye film company in the mid-1980s and has run as an arthouse cinema ever since. An unusual glass reception and box office area lead down a double staircase to the bijou rounded bar and then splits as you descend into the spacious foyer in front of the screens.


Screen one and two
251 seats. 35mm film projection. 2K Digital projection. Beta SP and digibeta, Blu-ray, DVD, data, mini DV. All aspect ratios. Spotlight. Radio microphones. 3D available.

Sound
Dolby 5.1 Digital sound.

Bar Capacity 80. CD player. Free wi-fi.

Renoir Cinema Hire Costs
Please contact us directly for specific hire rates for your event by clicking here.

Please note that the cinema is closed for refurbishment until early December 2014 - for more details, click here.

History

Discover the cinema's tumultuous story

This dearly loved bastion of foreign-language cinema has seen many changes over its relatively short life. Originally named the Bloomsbury Cinema, this arthouse cinema was the first and only British venture of the American-based Walter Reade Organisation who aimed to capitalise on custom from local university students. Opening in January 1972 with Michael Cacoyannis' The Trojan Women, the cinema consisted of a single screen with 490 pedastal-style seats, located in a basement in the newly-built Brunswick Square development.

Despite offering free coffee, the Bloomsbury Cinema was taken over by EMI, reopened in May 1974 as the ABC Bloomsbury and eventually renamed the EMI International Film Theatre in January 1977, with a programming policy of off-beat foreign films. After only a year, the cinema was rented to Barbara and David Stone's Cinegate which operated the Gate Cinema in Notting Hill Gate. Renamed the Gate 2, it opened in February 1978 with Derek Jarman's Jubilee. Shortly after, the auditorium was split down the middle to create two mirror-image screens seating 266 each, called Gate Bloomsbury 1 and 2 respectively.

After a short period of closure and a refurbishment by architects Burrell Foley Associates, it re-opened under the management of Artificial Eye, and on Friday 9 May 1986, it was renamed the Renoir Cinema. On the opening day, Agnes Varda's Vagabond played in Screen One, whilst Peter Smith's No Surrender filled the other.

Showing first runs of Artificial Eye's titles, the cinema became a solid success. Following the impressive development of the surrounding Brunswick Centre, a recent refurbishment in 2006, followed by the union with Curzon Cinemas, Renoir has been given a renewed lease of life.

Following a special screening of Jean Renoir's Boudu Saved from Drowning on 1 June 2014, the Renoir Cinema closed for refurbishment which will see it re-open as a six-screen Curzon Bloomsbury cinema in early December 2014 - please click here to find out more.