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A blow to culture in Croydon

Location: UK » London » CR
Testimony relates to: Croydon Clocktower, CR9
A blow to culture in Croydon

I’m very saddened by the news that the well-attended and well-loved Clocktower is to close. The cinema shows a mixture of arthouse/foreign language/period films and the Hall is used for a variety of performances including comedy, jazz, theatre, etc. There will now be nowhere in Croydon to show films off the beaten track. Not to mention the loss of jobs this move entails. I know that the Clocktower is a ‘nice to have’ rather than a ‘need to have’, but it is centres like this which make you feel OK about living in Croydon. Apart from the Warehouse Theatre, there will be nowhere local to go now to see anything interesting without going into London.

The Fairfield Hall is staying open and is being refurbished, but this deals with a very different kind of culture to the Clocktower. As someone in the public gallery at the council meeting shouted out, in disbelief, when they announced that although the Clocktower is closing, the Fairfield Hall is staying open: ‘That’s our culture, is it? Basil Brush!’

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