The way we watch films has changed and it continues to change. Initially there was the multiplex, then the independent cinemas starting rising for independent film makers everywhere. Now there is something newer, something that many would have heard of and been to but also something that hasn’t reached it’s peak just yet. However, that day is coming. It’s the rise of the alternative screenings. For those of you utterly bewildered and confused by this concept, companies such as Film 4, Future Cinema and Beas of Bloomsbury all screening popular and cult films in either extraordinary places or by setting the scene of the film to give you the feel of authenticity. The film of being part of the action, being there when the drama unfolds, riding along in the cars during an over the top chase scene. There is also the chance to see recreations of scenes from the films, live performances from actors as well as singing and dancing, all part of the package from Secret Cinema and Future Cinema.
The creation of these screenings has given all types of cinema goers the chance to watch some of their favourite films in different ways, the rise of everything interactive has caused a wave of these screenings popping up everywhere, some at a steep price but not all. Whilst Secret Cinema charges £35 for the pleasure of their company, you get your moneys worth not only having the film kept a secret until screening, but also having actors performing parts from the films, having the sets in front of you for you to admire and getting involved yourself. Please see the photo of the lovely gentleman below who was hoisted on stage in a ballerina’s outfit and danced around for several onlookers to enjoy!
They aren’t all like that though. There is also something for the person just looking to enjoy a film in a different location, there is Beas of Bloomsbury which offers vintage films in their warehouse-esque setting for £5. You can purchase hot dogs, beers, wine, sweets, popcorn and all sorts to make the night a more enjoyable and fatty one! And let’s be honest, a fatty night is a good night! One similar to this is Film4 who do their own outdoor summer screenings which, assuming the weather holds out, is a fantastic joy. With summer night of London, the glow of a brilliant film such as Scarface in front of you and the just being outside to watch something is a great feeling. The screenings happen each summer for around 2 weeks and there is always something you’ll want to see. A quote that depicts the feeling of these screenings is “Watching a movie under the stars in Somerset House’s beautiful courtyard on a balmy summer evening is a near-perfect London experience” says Time Out.
Without a doubt, all three and several more outdoor and rooftop screenings are immense fun and offer you an alternative to the typical bar / club scene which London is so famous for. But for those of you who want a change, take a look at the links at the bottom and feel inspired!
Film 4 screenings at Somerset House
Beas of Bloomsbury
Time Out’s outdoor screenings