Pop Up Screens
You may have seen Elf 101 times but Christmas wouldn't be the same without it. This Christmas, Pop Up Screens have moved things indoors to the warmth of Hackney Showroom with snow, fir trees, and a magical wardrobe entrance all making an appearance. All your Christmas faves will be showing including Elf, Love Actually, Home Alone, The Grinch and It's a Wonderful Life. Keeping people merry will be the full bar serving hot chocolate, mulled wine, brownies and popcorn from Drum & Kernel.
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The Everyman: Canary Wharf
Brass features heavily in this retro-feeling picturehouse. The remains of a James Bond exhibition include a model Aston Martin DB5 and series of classic Bond photos, and the suave interior of this Everyman make it feel like the sort of place 007 might catch a flick of himself. Warning: there are only a few daily showings, an unfortunate consequence of existing in banker-central - as you can expect, however, it does get busy for post-work features. This ain’t no Odeon either: hot food options include pizzas and proper hot dogs, while beers, wines and cocktails are all on offer for you thirsty fish. Sweeter treats include sundaes and milkshakes (P.S. the oreo one is available but not on the menu so be sure to ask!).
ArtHouse Crouch End
A few years back, some adventurous locals spotted an old Salvation Army quarters lying dormant and decided to give it a lil' makeover. The result is ArtHouse Crouch End, a communal art hub that puts on all sorts across their two screens including recent releases, live streams of NT productions, music, discussions, dance and comedy. It's all things to all CrouchEnders, a real local hero.
Prince Charles Cinema
Formerly a porn hub, Prince Charles has cleaned up its act since then and is now probably the funnest spot to take in a film. It's loved by film buffs for a super eclectic programme featuring double bills, cult-classics, foreign film, sing alongs, all-nighters and art house flicks as well as current releases. Situated amidst the tourist trappings of Leicester Square, they've got two screens: an upper one with excellent seats showing new films and a downstairs original theatre showing older stuff. Audience participation is also encouraged at this place, so keep an ear out for that and maybe even join in. During the day, tickets are as cheap as chips. If you get your chips for about a fiver, in which case you're probably paying over the odds.
Screen on the Green
Opposite Islington Green and built in 1913, this place is one of the longest running cinemas in the UK. It's ornate facade is pretty eye catching with red and green neon and a huge board outside advertising what's going on, like they did it back in the good old days. Inside expect plush armchairs, popcorn and big-screen favourites from the past and present on their single screen.