Indoor cinema pop-ups in London 2012
Time Out’s Film team rounds up the filmic happenings that will be safely under cover
Okay, so at times it’s biblical out there. If you’ve ever braved an open-air screening in London, you might have experienced the it’s-raining-in-my-rosé taste of British summer. Here’s the alternative: our pick of the best indoor cinema pop-ups.
Jul 11-21, Old Vic Tunnels
For 11 nights (and six weekend matinees) the Old Vic Tunnels is being transformed for a 'Saturday Night Fever’ extravaganza. It’s the brainchild of Everyman Cinemas, who will be showing the 1970s disco classic and turning the underground network of tunnels into a club, strip joint and pizza place. It’s Secret Cinema – without the hush-hush.
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'The Dark Knight Rises'From Jul 20, BFI Imax
The only way is Imax when it comes to blockbusters. Director Christopher Nolan swears this will be his last ‘Batman’, so grab your chance to catch the Caped Crusader on London’s biggest screen. Picking up the story eight years after 'The Dark Knight', the new film sees Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) suiting up to fight evil superthug Bane (Tom Hardy).
Swede DreamsJul 28-29, Roxy
It’s been four years since Michel Gondry’s ‘Be Kind Rewind’ introduced the idea of ‘sweded’ films – homemade remakes of Hollywood classics. Programmed by Time Out’s Ben Walters, the Swede Dreams weekender at the Roxy is screening no-budget, DIY remakes of everything from ‘Star Wars’ to ‘Night of the Living Dead’.
Pyjama Party (Dance Edition)Aug 4, Prince Charles Cinema
It’s London’s newest film fad: all-night Pyjama Parties at the Prince Charles. The next epic movie marathon is for dance-lovers. Get comfy in your jim-jams for six films, including ‘Footloose’, ‘Flashdance’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’, as well as music, games and serious amounts of whatever keeps you up all night.
Drive-in SeasonAug 5-27, Epsom and Walton-on-Thames
Drive-ins are the perfect all-weather alfresco cinema option: all the fun of an outdoor movie in the comfort of your car. These screenings (films include ‘Stand by Me’ and ‘Ghostbusters’) are a bit out of town. The action kicks off at sunset, with the sound transmitted on your radio. Pack a deckchair or do it the American way and sit on your bonnet.
Scala BeyondAug 19-Sep 29, Londonwide
When is a film festival not a film festival? When it’s an interactive, crowd-sourced nationwide celebration of off-beam exploitation and outsider cinema, that’s when. Scala Beyond gathers all of Britain’s DIY film clubs, pop-ups and pub-backroom enthusiasts under one banner, screening exactly the kinds of films that would once have graced King’s Cross’s sadly defunct Scala cinema.
Block PartiesAll summer, Bea's of Bloomsbury at Maltby Street Market
They make exceedingly delicious cakes. Now the café Bea’s of Bloomsbury is putting on movie nights in its Maltby Street Market kitchens (ten minutes from London Bridge) every week or so. Tickets are a tasty £5.50, the films are ’80s faves (‘Labyrinth’, ‘Back to the Future’) and the chilli cheese dogs arrive in awesome proportions.