Going to see a film at an old-fashioned cinema is so passé these days. C’mon, where’s your sense of adventure, London? Here are five more unusual places to see a film.
In a hot tub!
If you’ve always wanted your life to feel more like a rap video, watching a film from the luxury of a bubbling hot tub while sipping a cold beverage could be just the ticket. Hot Tub Cinema isn’t recommended for the body conscious, prudish or those worried about getting wrinkly toes, but if you can get past the fact that you’re semi-naked and essentially sharing a bath with strangers, this is immense fun. For their latest incarnation, they’ve set up the tubs on the platform of an old train station in Shoreditch and will be screening classics including ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘Top Gun’ and Clueless’ until June 21. Find out more and book tickets to Hot Tub Cinema.
In a Masonic temple!
The Masonic temple hidden away within the Andaz Hotel on Liverpool Street is one of London’s most bewitching secret spaces. Like something from an HP Lovecraft tale, it’s so ornate and arcane that you half expect men in black robes to come springing out at any second and sacrifice you to their cruel and ancient Gods. Luckily, you won’t need to know the secret handshake to get into the East End Film Festival’s weekend of Magic and the Macabre, four haunting sessions of shorts and features guaranteed to spook the pants off even the most hardy filmgoer. It’s this Saturday and Sunday, June 14/15 and you can find more info at eastendfilmfestival.com.
On a boat!
Floating Cinema returns this summer with a travelling programme of short films, features, documentaries, discussions and so much more. As their one-of-a-kind film barge plies the canals and waterways of London – screening films both on the boat itself and on the bankside – the Floating Cinema crew offer up unique experiences including dusk tours, film-and-fishing events and weekenders like the upcoming ‘Open Air East’, featuring two days of screenings and talks. See the full programme and buy tickets at floatingcinema.info.
In a cemetery!
Later in the summer, outdoor film experts Nomad will be screening a pair of films in the haunting environs of Brompton Cemetery. They’ve opted for two nights of none-more-black action flicks with ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘The Matrix’, so be sure to come dressed in your finest leather trenchcoat (you might need to take your wraparound shades off when the movie starts, though). The screenings aren’t until September, but Nomad events have a habit of selling out fast. You can find more info on Time Out Film’s outdoor cinema page.
Outside a museum!
As part of its epic season celebrating the best in sci-fi, the BFI is putting on three days of screenings in the courtyard of the British Museum this August. It’s an incredible selection of films, with London-set scorcher ‘The Day the Earth Caught Fire’, spaced-out David Bowie classic ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’ and camp Queen-soundtracked romp ‘Flash Gordon’ (aah-ah!). Again, they’re not for a few months but films this good are bound to sell out in (ahem) a flash. Get your tickets and more info at bfi.org.uk/sci-fi.
Find out more alternative film events happening this week.