Al Fresco Film in Fine Locations – The Rooftop Film Club:
I had heard about the Rooftop Film Club through my kids, hip urban twenty-somethings who had given me excited accounts of hanging out on city rooftops watching movies with a young crowd. Something about the experience seemed to add to the process of getting immersed into the world of the movie. So when offered a press pass to explore this phenomenon it was a no-brainer. Why should the young have all the fun? The Rooftop Film Club runs their operations in London, Los Angeles and New York. There are three London venues; the Bussey Building in Peckham, the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch and Roof East in the Stratford shopping centre. This year I’m investigating all three of the rooftop cinemas and I’m looking forward to experiencing each of them. The Rooftop Film Club has a programme that blends movie classics with contemporary box office hits so there is something for everyone. This year’s lineup includes I Tonya, Lady Bird, a special preview of Whitney, Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Casablanca and The Greatest Showman. Booking through the website is straightforward with standard seating priced at £15.95 and a variety of other tantalising ticketing options including double seats for lovers, a glass of prosecco and unlimited popcorn. Each of the cinemas has its own character. The Bussey Building is Peckham’s graffitied hipster hub with bars, restaurants, performance spaces … and The Rooftop Film Club. There’s a lift that zips you up to the rooftop which is divided into two halves, a screening area and the second space housing Rockadollar with their pimped up hot dogs. and the all-important bar and hangout area. Did I mention the Rooftop Film Club’s views? They are fab and stretch out across the city creating romantic vistas perfect for that all important date night. Shoreditch’s the Queen of Hoxton perches on the roof of a pub and is a more intimate space surrounded by offices that comfortably cocoon you right in the middle of the city. Just a short hop from Liverpool St. Station it has a friendly crowd that mixes up city boys and girls, hipsters and tech start-up kids. Great for when you want to kick back and relax in a director’s chair after work with a drink and a good movie. My favourite venue is Roof East in the Stratford shopping centre, just a quick zip down the Central or Jubilee lines. Roof East is an adult playground with some great food outlets, drinks, music and dancing, bowling, mini-golf and of course the Rooftop Film Club which sits around the corner away from the main action. It’s a great space that is perfect for movie watching and with all the other attractions makes for a great night out. Checking in at all the venues is straightforward and you are provided with wireless headphones, a blanket and if it’s cloudy a rain poncho just in case. The deck chairs are deep and comfortable and at some of the cinemas there are special double seats you can book if you are going with your or even someone else’s significant other.Especially with a summer like this who wants to be indoors – so the opportunity to get out onto a rooftop and catch up with the latest releases or that film classic you always wanted to see with a cocktail in your hand is too good not to take.
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