Forget about pervy old men in dirty macs. This sex cinema, billed as ‘London’s last peepshow’, is the brainchild of supercool erotic magazine Baron & Baroness. It’s called the Paradiso Cinema, has 30 seats and is open for three days only, this weekend at the Ditto gallery in Islington.
Keeping our minds in the gutter and on art, Baron & Baroness has curated a highbrow series of shorts about sex and sexuality by artists and photographers. Films include ‘The Last Peep Show in Soho’ by Edith Bergfors, a lesbian romcom by Eori Wakakuwa and ‘Angels’ by Sarah Baker, inspired by Jackie Collins novels.
Talking to the Evening Standard, founder of Baron & Baroness Matthew Holroyd explained his thinking: ‘We’re playing on the idea of a sex cinema… When we visualise sex and the moving image it is pornography that most people will think of, but sex can have a higher value than that.’
Tickets cost £10 and include a drink. The cinema will have its own sex shop and there’s a kind of disturbing addition to the snack list: popcorn, beverages and handwipes.
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