It’s called Backyard Cinema because that’s how it started – with a bunch of mates in a garden watching ‘Jurassic Park’ projected on a bedsheet. Since then Backyard has hosted zombie apocalypses, 'Romeo + Juliet' with a choir in a church, popped up on the cobbles in Camden Market and hosted outdoor film festivals.
Last year, Backyard moved into a permanent home, the Mercato Metropolitano Italian food market in Borough, opening London's first themed cinema. Until May 28, the space has been transformed into an immersive Quentin Tarantino-inspired pop-up, the Last Chapel, an abandoned chapel deep in the Nevada Desert.
Average User Rating
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Their latest production is very weak. I was tricked into going by most of these other reviews that read very much ike they were written by friends of the company.
What a great way to get into the festive mood.
Step into another world, grab a drink and a bean bag - and settle down to a screening of Love Actually.
Top night out with #TimeOutBlack
A top class cinematic experience! Absolutely no expense spared on the props and dressing at the recent Romeo and Juliet stint. I visited with my sister in law and as soon as we stepped through the door, you could tell it was going to be WOW!
These guys really put the effort into what they do and this is apparent in the extremely efficient way the event was run. Chilled out staff, special mention to Daniella who took one look at my puffy, eight months preggers face and got us seated straight away. That gesture made our night.
It really is an immersive cinematic experience and we loved every minute of it. The live choir were just perfection.
Thanks for having us!
Xuxa and Lauren
"Brotheeers and Sisteeers togeeeether we'll make it throooooough...."
Hearing Everybody's Free sung by a live choir sent shivers down my spine, bringing one of my all time favourite films to life. Well done Backyard Cinema. You took a great film and made it even greater!
Not wanting to spoil any surprises, I'll try and keep my lips sealed, but I can guarantee you're in for a good time.
Bring plenty of cash if you're planning on buying drinks and snack (a dash too pricey, but that's not a dampener) and arrive as early as you can to bag a seat of your choice.
Had a fantastic time at backyard cinema (Romeo & Juliet) the other night, the whole production was brilliant. The setting in the church was so beautiful (and warm!) and the live choir addidion felt really emersive and atmospheric. I'll definitely be back!
Absolutley amazing event from beginning to end. I had no idea what to expect and was surprised at every turn, great atmosphere, comfy and quirky seats and the choir were just the best touch.
Pulled off the really tough feat of making a very well known and loved classic movie even better. Will be keeping an eye on their next events for sure!
This event is quite good, but I think all these comments are from friends. It doesn't compare with other events like Nomad or Rooftop Film Club.
I could not recommend BYC more!! I've been three times already to different events and had such an amazing unique night each time!! Not to mention...the staff are all dreamboats too!! Can't wait for Romeo and Juliet!!
An amazing twist on the traditional cinema experience! I went to one of these events with my girlfriend and it was a absolutely lovely way to spend the afternoon. We went to the set up in Winterville over christmas and you could see the attention to detail the staff paid to create a magical, christmas atmosphere in the space - complete with a photobooth! Friendly staff, great service, and I would recommend these events to anybody looking for a way to watch a film in a more enjoyable enviormnent or anybody looking for something a little different to do in London.
Thoroughly enjoyed our night out with Backyard Cinema. We went to see Blues Brothers on the cobbles in Camden last summer, great atmosphere, people dancing, live brass band. Honest Burger did some great food all topped off with a couple of bottles of Prosecco. Just booked out tickets for Birdman this year, really excited!
Such a good night out in London, something different to do, Definitely recommended.
Backyard Cinema is such a chilled out way to watch your fav film. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly and the big beanbags are awesome! Can't wait to go to again this summer! :)
Have seen a few of these, and in different locations. The Stone Roses: Made of Stone in Camden Market last summer was an awesome experience.
A great way to spend a summer's evening with the other half or a group of mates. Would highly recommend for a night out.
The burgers are pretty good too!!
I went to see Romeo & Juliet at St Mary's Church & it's safe to say it was the first time I've ever spent my Friday night in a church! The church itself looked amazing & the whole experience was memorable to say the least: we settled into our deck chairs with a bottle of prosecco & soaked up the atmosphere - it was a unique experience that I'd recommend to any cinema fans/ anyone looking to do something a bit unusual in London...
I headed to Camden Lock Series over the Summer and it became my favorite alternative cinema experience, which as a film buff and events producer is no mean feat.
As this was the first event of the series my expectations were low, but from the moment I entered the market I felt at home.The place looked great, the food and drink options were spot on. There was a real buzz about the place, the kind that only happens across London parks in the summer (you know what I mean)
Much cheaper than competitor events and perfectly run. Without asking the team distributed fresh blankets as soon as the sun went down as if I were in my own living room. An intimate experience, a home from home. The perfect place for a date, or just to kick back in a special location and enjoy London at it's best.
Been there twice. Both times were flat out excellent, and in very different ways too.
The first was in the old debating chamber of the old Bethnal Green Town Hall, which made a spectacular and incredibly well judged setting in which to watch the Great Gatsby (it more than compensated for the relatively mediocrity of the film). Food was served which came from the (then) michelin starred chefs in the restaurant downstairs. Brilliant.
The second was the post-apocolyptic zombie distopia which BYC created last haloween. It was immersive in the truest sense, it had impressive attention to detail (punchdrunk-esque, though on a much smaller scale) and came with a twist in the tale that scared the sh*t out of me.
Great work. Can't wait to go back.
A few of us went to Camden for the outdoor showing of The Blues Brothers, and then the Halloween event in East London and both were amazing - the attention to detail made it feel like a really special night out - hope BYC do more events like it this year
First went to their Camden gig & loved it, then to their Halloween event. I literally love these guys, great night out :)
Fantastic experiences, great good, drinks and a quality film. Despite the mini hangover I seemed to give myself I'll be going back
Food, fun and a great curated selection of movies - A proper cinema experience.
Looking forward to going back!
This is how cinema should be! Been to a couple of events and will definitely be back again this summer. Who doesn't want to see films with proper food and booze!? Camden is such a good venue, good to see them back for another year. Reserve my bean bag!
Back yard cinema....absolutely loved it...such a good way to spend a summers evening, grab a cold cider, an immense burger and get cosy under the stars to watch a well chosen movie in excellent surroundings. What more do you need...the owner clearly has a passion for putting on the best viewing experience possible and this is reflected in the little touches here which make for a quality night out. I'm hoping to fit in a few of these over the summer, can't recommend it highly enough.
Went to this last year in Camden, in the summer and again at Halloween. It was absolutely amazing, great crowd, big beanbags, blankets and the best burger I've eaten. Definitely going back this year.
I am so happy to see this back in Camden again this year. Last yeah was amazing! We had so much fun and although you could tell it was a bit new and clunky the organizers made you really feel a part of it and looked to be having such a great time. Amazing films and great setting. Nice to get beanbags instead of the floor too! I highly recommend.