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Curzon Sheffield – A Cinema That Was A Bank

I saw the film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ a few years ago at a very poignant period in my life and then it provided a couple of hours of uplifting fun.

So, I was keen to see how the follow-up movie, ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ would make me feel. As I am always keen to look for new adventures, we decided to have a family night out at the new Curzon cinema in Sheffield.

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This brand new three-screen venue opened its doors to the public in early January. It is located in a Grade 11 listed building on George Street, the former site of the Sheffield Banking Company. The Curzon Sheffield is the entertainment group’s latest cinema.

What a delight! The old bank has been refurbished in a sympathetic way to preserve its character and highlight some of the original features, including the high ceilings, ornamental entrance and lobby, sash windows with original openers, and is now complemented by colourful furniture, contemporary lighting plus a small cosy lounge area.

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There is a café and bar on the ground floor, and another on the top floor with a roof top terrace. Cake, popcorn, tea or coffee to take with us into the cinema!

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The custom made seats in the cinema reclined and it was a delight to enjoy the superb sound, and a pin sharp viewing experience. The back two rows had double seats to snuggle up should you visit with a loved one!!

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A million miles from what is on offer at the bigger chains.

As for the film, ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, it juggled lots of character threads by the cast and it was heart-warming and hilarious with a fine eye for local colour. We happily left with a giveaway pack of recipes from ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ including:

Sonny and Sunaina’s ‘All You Need is Love Cake’, Madge’s ‘Don’t Forget the Passion’ jelly’, Mrs Kapoor’s ‘Mum Knows Best Chicken Curry’.

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The evening felt like a cultured, civilised experience and I can’t wait to go again to see another film or one of the live opera, ballet and theatre broadcasts.

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