Last weekend we headed over to Kilburn Grange Park for Pop up Screens showing of Top Gun. Pop Up Screens is an outdoor cinema showing open air screenings of generally awesome films. This summer they have proved to be the perfect antidote to the big screen block busters that have peppered our multi-screens. Kept low key and chilled out, we were able to go along, enjoy a cold beer and a bag of fresh popcorn on what promised to be an un-typically British summer evening, with no rain.
The line up for the summer has been a smorgasbord of cult classics, along with some more recent feel-good flicks. With a new location every weekend, and different films shown Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the list of whats on offer is long and has included: Back to the Future, The Big Lebowski, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Fight Club and Donnie Darko. The screens have made their way across London and back again, bringing a unique and laid back approach to cinema.
Pop up Screens operated a licensed bar at each site, and enlisted Tucker’s Exotic Meats to provide reasonably priced and delicious food; probably the best burgers this side of Cape Town! Freshly popped popcorn was available from two person start-up London Kettle Popcorn, sold in bags large enough to satisfy at least 4!
In all we had a genuinely good time. My advice if you’re planning on heading down the one of the two weekends left; take a blanket to sit on, and one to snuggle under, wrap up fairly warm (I got a bit cold sitting still for so long), and check the weather. We had glorious sunshine all day, but it cooled down fairly quickly, so go prepared!
This weekend Pop up Screens rocks up in Hammersmith, showing Mallrats, Leon and Back to the Future, and rounded off with a final weekend in Fulham with Toy Story 3 and The Dark Knight on the bill. Tickets are £8 online (a good idea to buy as Top Gun sold out) and £10 for the few available on the door.]
Go, enjoy, cheer when the goodies win, boo when the baddies prevail and experience awesome movies outdoors in the failing sunshine of what has been a truly Great British summer!
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Have you been to Pop up Screens this summer? What should they have on the bill for next summer? Let us know in the comments!