I once read that cinema is dying. That the Netflix generation prefer to vegetate on their sofas, bingeing movie after movie. Don’t get me wrong, I think there’s plenty of people that will totally agree with this statement, and I mean, duvet day with Amazon Prime yas pls – I’ll take it, square eyes and all. But isn’t there something extra special about a cinema trip these days? The ease of access we have to thousands and thousands of options can sometimes take the magic out of the movies, so a big screen visit is good from time to time.
I was kindly invited to Backyard Cinema‘s opening of their Winter Night Garden, it’s so much more than a simple cinema trip, and I wanted to share with you some of my favourite bits.
Backyard Cinema has a new home, in Wandsworth to be exact. I came from central London and it was a super easy train ride from Waterloo to Wandsworth Town, taking just 15 minutes. It’s home is Capital Studios, a former production space that hosted the likes of Ready Steady Cook, The Beatles and Bowie.
Inside there are three spaces to explore and two cinema experiences, so you’re spoilt for choice.
There are currently two immersive cinema experiences this season. There’s Christmas at the Snow Kingdom, and the one I attended, the Winter Night Garden. But it’s not just about the movies on show. Pre-film, you’ll enter the viewing space by stepping into a wardrobe (if that aint Narnia, I dunno what is), before heading through a twinkling wood where you’ll reach your comfy beanbags in time for the show. Expect stunning ornate decor and a roster of Christmas classics like The Holiday, Elf and Home Alone.
The Food (and All-important Drinks)
Whether you’re looking to grab something before the movie, or just hang out with some pals, head to The Yard for some seriously tasty choices, or take your pick from one of two bars.
When I went along to the venue with some friends, we started at The Studio, where I tried the Aperol Spritz, which was on tap (and surprisingly good). Fun fact about this bar – it’s in the space where Bowie shot the Ashes to Ashes music video!
The second drink was a tasty IPA at The Annex, a cute nook tucked away at one end of the studios. There was plenty of seating, and we even brought our Honest Burgers from The Yard to enjoy with our beer.
I opted for a fruity IPA, but the staff were great when I was indecisive and gave me plenty of yummy tasters. The mismatched furniture and industrial vibes gave this bar some serious brownie points too.
As I mentioned, we got some beaut burgers from the Honest Burgers stall in The Yard, which has a selection of street food stalls like Mother Clucker and Popdogs (vegan hotdogs).
A cheeky bit of dessert came in the form of the most mouthwatering Dappa ice cream. OH MA GAWDDDD. I would definitely recommend this post-screening.
Have you visited Backyard Cinema yet?