The cinema building at 25 Church Road – hardly used and rarely ever showing any films – has been nominated for a Time Out London award.
The nomination for ‘The Open Door’ comes in the ‘Local Culture’ category for Crystal Palace, Anerley and Penge alongside the likes of the Crystal Palace museum and the Grape and Grain pub – both close to the cinema building at the top of Anerley Hill;.

Readers are being asked to vote on a number of categories and whoever gets the most votes wins.

KICC, which owns 25 Church Road, was recently refused final planning consent to turn it into an actual church.

The Open Door is hardly ever open. It is used by people from outside the area, and holds an occasional religious-themed concert and an occasional boxing night.

A burlesque event it planned to run featuring ladies wearing tassels covering their nipples was called off two days before it was due to be staged.

It screened the kids film Paddington to about seven people, and listed a religious film called Rio 2 outside (not as a poster).

Time Out Love London told News From Crystal Palace: “Thanks for reaching out. “The Love London Awards are won via nominations and votes from the public. “As a result, any venue that fits the criteria of one of our five categories can make it to the shortlisted voting stage of the campaign.  “When it comes to selecting the winners and runners up, this too is done by counting the amount of votes in comparison to the other competitors in that category.

“Please rest assured that we do have the ability to check for foul play and can disqualify those seeking to game the system (for example by paying people to vote or creating a multitude of accounts from the same IP address, for example).

“Warm regards The Love London Awards Team”

And the nominations are……..

RESTAURANTS: 400 Rabbits / Domali / Urban Orient (all Westow Street); Joanna’s / Lorenzo’s / Numidie / Thai Crystal (all Westow Hill) Friends of Flavours / Himalayan Kitchen / Sicilian Art (all Penge).

BARS AND PUBS: Anerley Arms, Anerley; Beer Rebellion, Gipsy Hill; Cocktail Embassy Westow Hill; Goldsmiths Arms, Penge; Alma, Church Road; Bridge House Tavern, Penge West;
Sparrowhawk corner of Westow Street / Westow Hill; White Hart corner of Westow Street / Church Road; Westow House corner of Westow Hill / Crystal Palace Parade.

CAFES AND COFFEE SHOPS: Blue Belle cafe / Cuppa Haven (both Penge); Brown and Green cafe,  Crystal Palace station booking hall; Cafe Chic, Anerley Hill; Comfort and Joy, Church Road; Dalhousie / Living Water Satisfies cafe both Westow Street; Fee and Brown cafe / Tandem CICLO cafe both in Cadence top of Anelery Hill.

SHOPS: Bambino / Crazy Man Crazy / Flaming Nora (all Church Road); Blackbird Bakery / Bookseller Crow / Papagaio / Smash Bang Wallop (all Westow Street); Crystal Palace Antiques and Modern, Jasper Road; Crystal Palace food market, Haynes Lane; Good Taste food and drink, Westow Hill.

LOCAL CULTURE: Artlexia (meets Upper Norwood joint library, Westow Hill); Bridge House theatre, Penge West; Crystal Palace museum, Anerley Hill; Crystal Palace park; Crystal Palace park farm; Grape and Grain Anerley Hill; Penge library; The Open Door cinema, Church Road; Westow park (green space) and The Triangle.


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