Cinema and Media
The Lux Centre Cinema, the home of the London Film Makers Co-op, opened in Hoxton in September 1997. At night, the two-way projector cast images onto the screen as well as into the square outside. Slate floor tiles spilt onto the pavement, and video pits on the floor in the foyer showed obscure one-minute films by local multimedia artists. Still in the foyer, a glass-panelled alcove flowed down from the ceiling like a waterfall. Engraved on the panes is a photographic image of the ruched curtains that were used to adorn traditional cinema screens. The seat in the middle was reserved for the proverbial kissing couple in the back row.
The Lux was not just an arthouse cinema; it was also intended as a cut-price centre for experimental filmmakers. True to the tradition of this working class area, it was a state-of-the-art cinema that served a functional purpose. Unfortunately, the rapid regeneration of Hoxton led to rent prices more than tripling and this became a key factor in the eventual demise of the Lux as a venue-based organisation in 2002.