After spending most of the summer away from London, I kinda missed the hustle. The cinema scene is not big in London; you’ll only ever see ads for movies that were shot in the UK, or has actors/actresses who are originally from the UK. I think the choice for things to do in the city is so vast, that going to the cinema is considered boring.
So a lot of independent cinemas have started to reinvent themselves, creating a different experience for people to make them go back to cinema.
I recently went to the Backyard Cinema Miami in Elephant and Castle to watch La La Land with my mum. I wouldn’t usually watch a movie like this at a regular cinema, because it’s longer than usual and seating would be uncomfortable, but since we’d be barefoot and lounging on bean bags in the sand, I figured, why not?
If like me, you’ve never been to Backyard Cinema, a short stroll through Mercato Metropolitano (another new food market I discovered recently) takes you right there – you can’t miss the bright pink mock hotel.
Our show started at 4pm. We arrived a bit early so that we could take a lot of photos for Instagram… along with everyone else. We booked tickets in advance and were able to redeem them at the door.
Kudos to the team who set up the cinema because the moment you walked in, it felt like you were on a beach somewhere warmer than England. It felt like a beach party actually, with chilled music playing in the background – none of that awkward cinema jingles.
We were told not to bring in any food from the market; but the bar inside had plenty of snacks and drinks.
And if you’re not in the mood for a boozy drink, they also serve mocktails, sodas and fruit juices.
I LOOOOOOOOOOOVED the attention to detail with the decor; it added so much ambience to the room. It was definitely an unconventional movie-going experience for me.
Backyard Cinema are playing a selection of classics up until the 6th October, from Dirty Dancing and Pitch Perfect to Guardians of the Galaxy – a little something for everyone. So if you want in on this action, better book your tickets in advance – as they’re selling fast!