Crouch End nightclub to be transformed into theatre and cinema

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A former nightclub in north London is being converted into a new 90-seat theatre and cinema venue.

Haringey Council has granted planning permission for the building in Crouch End to be turned into a performance space called the Arthouse.

Costing around £500,000 to complete, the privately funded venue will operate in a franchise partnership with Curzon Cinemas, which specialises in arthouse and independent films, and will feature a separate 90-seat screening room.

The building, which will also include a cafe and bar space, is set to open in September.

It will act as a receiving venue and will also produce its own shows for its theatre auditorium, which will have a proscenium stage. There will also be outreach programmes for children.

Theatre director Sam Neophytou said the project’s creative team was looking for “innovation” and wanted to live-stream productions into the venue’s cinema so audiences can see work from around the world.

He said: “There is a real need for local theatre and local cinema. We are moving away from big multiplexes and we want more localised interests. In Crouch End there is no theatre, cinema or place people can walk to, where they can get their entertainment from and enjoy themselves.”