Safety probe after cinema employee falls through lift shaft
Curzon confirms it is examining circumstances of 'serious accident' at former Renoir picturehouse
28 March, 2019 — By Samantha Booth
A FAMOUS cinema is investigating how one of its members of staff fell through a lift shaft while at work.
Curzon Cinema confirmed there had been a “serious accident” at its Bloomsbury venue – the picture house formerly known as the Renoir – on Thursday evening. Ambulances arrived at the cinema at around 7pm and took the woman to hospital.
The chain, which also runs Curzon cinemas in Soho and Aldgate, would not expand on the details of the incident.
The New Journal has been told that the member of staff was seriously hurt. The cinema underwent a £2.5m refurbishment in 2015 and won a Riba London Award for the revamp the following year. It went from two large screens to six smaller screens, including a Bertha Dochouse, a dedicated documentary screen and a 148-seat room, named the Renoir in a nod to its past. A notice on its website warns customers that the lift is currently out of order.
A spokesman for Curzon said: “There was a serious accident at our Curzon Bloomsbury location on the evening of Thursday, March 21 involving a staff member.” He added: “The person involved is receiving treatment and we are glad to report that they appear to be making good progress.”
The ambulance service said it had been called to the Brunswick Square at about 6.50pm last Thursday to reports of an “incident”.
A spokeswoman said: “We sent an ambulance crew to the scene. We treated a person and took them to hospital.” The Curzon spokesman added: “We would prefer not to comment further at the moment while we conduct an internal investigation into what happened. The cinema remains open for business. We will be giving our full support to the staff member during their recovery.”
Camden Council had been informed about last week’s incident, the spokesman said.