Yes, we're all impressed with pin-sharp digital images and whizzy modern effects. But there's nothing quite like seeing a classic movie on an original 35mm print. Like an old vinyl record, a film is a physical object, complete with pops and crackles that let you know it's been watched and enjoyed for generations. This summer, London's finest old-fashioned fleapit, the Prince Charles in Leicester Square, will present 'Check the Gate', a whole season of beloved movies on original prints, many of them chosen by some of London's leading filmmakers, experts and critics. There are films you know and films you've never heard of – but all are well worth catching.
Highlights include Richard Ayoade presenting Paul Thomas Anderson's extraordinary 'Magnolia' (pictured above), along with a super-rare screening of Anderson's Radiohead collaboration 'Daydreaming'. The Duke Mitchell Film Club are offering up Robert Altman's whacked-out teen rebellion comedy 'OC and Stiggs'; and Time Out's Tom Huddleston will be waxing lyrical about ultraviolent British sci-fi shocker 'Hardware'. And there's screenings of everything from 'Apocalypse Now' to 'Little Shop of Horrors'. All of which is just the tip of a very large iceberg. Head to the Prince Charles website to get the full list, and snap up tickets while you can.
'Check the Gate' runs from July 9 to August 20. And don't forget to keep your eye on Time Out's weekly list of the ten best film events, for all the best festivals, pop-ups, film clubs and double bills London has to offer.