Backyard Cinema Film Festival @ Camden Market: Watch classic, new and indie films in alfresco surroundings
Returning to Camden Market this summer is the brilliant pop-up film club Backyard Cinema. Having already checked out their screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet earlier this year with a live choir, I was looking forward to their next alfresco venture.
For six weeks, Backyard Cinema are hosting not one, but two pop-up movie theatres on two nearby sites in Camden Market. The main stage in Camden Lock Place will be screening new and classic mainstream movies, while the intimate Cuban Screen will feature indie flicks, documentaries and foreign language movies.
Last week, I was invited to the launch of BC’s season at Camden with a screening of this year’s blockbuster Kingsmen: The Secret Service. There’s different ticket packages available, but we had the ‘Full Monty’ (£29), which included the screening, a drink and a burger. Screening only tickets – including seating – start from £14 (Cuban screen)/£16.50 (main stage) .
Accompanying all screenings over the festival, are food/drink stands and trucks, including Brooklyn Brewery, Honest Burgers, The Craft Cocktail Co and Chin Chin Labs Ice Cream. The cinema opened two hours ahead of the screening so we were able to chow down on the delicious burger and fries (with rosemary salt… gorgeous!) from Honest Burgers. We also enjoyed some Moscow Mule cocktails from the Craft Cocktail Co which were lovely and refreshing.
The screening couldn’t start until the sun went down so we headed to our seats shortly before. There’s a choice of deckchairs or beanbag loungers – we opted for the latter which were incredibly comfortable. As the night in question was a bit chilly, the usherettes brought out some blankets for us so I was incredibly cosy curled up on my bean bag watching the film. The movie was an action comedy, starring Colin Firth, Sir Michael Caine and newcomer Taron Egerton (my new celebrity crush now actually…), who managed to look incredibly dapper while kicking some major bad guy butts! A really funny film.
Overall, the whole evening was really enjoyable. Although the drizzle during our dinner threatened to ruin the evening, it fortunately stopped in time for the screening. The Backyard crew also have waterproof ponchos available if you’re unprepared. The food, drink, seating, staff and film were all great. I recommend getting down there this summer, as I certainly hope to be making a return visit. With screenings of films including Birdman, The Goonies, Pride, The Babadook, Empire Records, Dirty Dancing, It Follows, Mad Man and Northern Soul, there’s something for everyone.
- The Backyard Cinema Film Festival runs in Camden Market until 4 September 2015. Screenings take place in Camden Lock Place and The Cuban bar’s courtyard, Camden, NW1. Nearest station: Camden Town or Chalk Farm. Tickets start from £14 at the Cuban screen and £16.50 at the main screen. For more information and booking, visit the Backyard Cinema website.
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Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo + Juliet is an iconic 1990s film. The vivid imagery, amazing soundtrack and stunning performances from Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes have made the film a modern classic. Personally I’m a huge fan of the film and soundtrack.
This month, fans of the film will be able to have the chance to watch the movie in a totally different way – accompanied by a live choir in a candlelight church setting. Roaming pop-up cinema company Backyard Cinema are setting up camp for three days at St Mary’s Church in Marylebone for a special screening of Romeo + Juliet. Singers from the Some Voices Choir will be performing some of the film’s most popular tracks, such as Kissing You and Everybody’s Free.
Depending on your budget, you can sit in traditional balcony seats (£20), on comfy sofas and deckchairs in the main seating area (£28) or on front row double beanbag with blankets and cushions (£65 for two people). To accompany your screening, there will be a choice of drinks and snacks, including Cream & Country luxury ice cream, Backyard’s posh and unusual flavoured popcorn while a licensed bar will be serving alcohol.
- Romeo + Juliet screenings by Backyard Cinema are taking place on 28, 29 and 30 May 2015. Doors open 7pm, Film screening starts 8pm. St Mary’s Church, Wyndham Place, York Street, Marylebone, W1H 1PQ. Nearest station: Baker Street and Edgware Road. For more information and tickets, visit the Backyard Cinemas website.
- 2016 news! The screenings are returning to St Mary’s Church from 29 March – July 2016. For a review of the 2016 experience, click here.
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See the best of awards’ season with a touch of Hollywood glamour as Backyard Cinemas comes to Altitude London
At Sunday’s Oscars, the great and the good of Hollywood gathered in Los Angeles to toast this year’s best performances. This year has seen a stellar turnout from British actors and film-makers, with Eddie Redmayne being named Best Actor for The Theory Of Everything and The Grand Budapest taking home four accolades. However, when it comes to watching the films on the silver screen, your local chain cinema couldn’t be further from the glamour of Hollywood.
With the Oscars capping off awards season, the team behind Backyard Cinema are hosting screenings of the some of the critically-acclaimed and award-nominated masterpieces from the past 12 months for those who haven’t seen them… or perhaps for those who love them so much they want to see them all over again. Guests will be given a red carpet welcome as they arrive at the Millbank Tower and are whisked up to Altitude London on the 29th floor. There you will be greeted by 1950s usherettes who will be on hand to serve cocktails and food during the movie. Bacardi and leading mixologist Ally Martin will be creating bespoke cocktails to add to the Hollywood glamour. There will be food available from the Skyloft restaurant, as well as popcorn and ice cream. Of course, prior to the screening, you will be able to enjoy the stunning views across the capital.
- Friday 13 March – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Doors 6:30pm, Last Entry 7:30pm, Film 8:30pm.
- Saturday 14 March (matinee) – The Theory of Everything
Doors 1:30pm, Last Entry 2:30pm, Film 3:30pm
- Saturday 14 March (evening) – ‘71
Doors 6:30pm, Last Entry 7:30pm, Film 8:30pm
- Friday 20 March – Boyhood
Doors 6:30pm, Last Entry 7:30pm, Film 8:30pm.
Tickets: Screening £15, screening including glass of champagne £18 or Full Monty (Film, glass of champagne and food) £29.
- Backyard Cinema’s Awards Season runs at Altitude London, Millbank Tower, 30 Millbank, SW1P 4RS. Nearest station: Pimlico. For tickets, visit the Backyard Cinema website.
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