From the folks who brought you Secret Cinema comes the Other Cinema, a global network of pop-up cinemas hoping to bring back a sense of community and passion to the cinema going experience. To celebrate its launch, Commercial Road’s Troxy will be transformed into a romantic picture palace on February 14-18. Alongside a screening of David Lean’s ‘Brief Encounter’, there will be live music, an organist and usherettes to get you feeling suitably saucy. In our own celebration of the cinematic genre, here’s our top five Valentine’s film pop-ups across the capital.
Romance at the round chapel
The atmospheric Round Chapel in Clapton will be screening romantic classics including ‘Dirty Dancing’and ‘Romeo and Juliette’ through the Valentine’s period. There’s also a licensed bar so get there at 7pm for a pre-screening drink.
What about ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’?
Meanwhile over in Leicester Square, the Prince Charles Cinema is screening the iconic ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s‘ staring Audrey Hepburn as the eccentric Holly Golightly. Incidentally, Capote wasn’t a fan of Hepburn’s performance of his female lead, wishing that Marilyn Monore had played the part. Whatever you think of her performance, this is a classic.
Moët at the Movies
If you are feeling flush, Moët & Chandon are screening the rom-com ‘It’s Complicated’, starring this year’s Oscar favourite Meryl Streep at One Alwych. Follow the film with a three course dinner at 8.30pm, or watch Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin fight over Meryl on a full stomach after dinner at 7pm. Naturally, a glass of Champagne is included.
Harold and Maude
If you’re looking for something less predictable, the Rio Cinema in Dalston will be screening Hal Ashby’s touching and darkly comic oddball love story between a practical joke-playing late-teen and a gentle septuagenarian.
Morricone in Love
For something even more out of the ordinary, check out Rich Mix’s Valentine’s day special. Sixties erotic thrillers provide the backdrop to live music in this celebration of composer Ennio Morricone. Focusing on scores from 1968-1972. Expect plenty of appearances from Dario Argento films and a succession of writhing temptresses to titillate you and your date. Didi Mae Hand
For info, see pop up cinema in London on Valentine’s day.