Our last post before Christmas is on a gorgeous festive experience we had at the weekend.
Backyard Cinema, a pop-up auditorium at south east London’s Mercato Metropolitano, is hosting a Winter Night Garden. The company are known for their immersive, theatrical events and festival atmosphere; the last run of cinema screening had a jungle setting, complete with coconuts and vine trees. The Winter Garden is an indoor enchanted forest, where you can watch a festive array of Christmas classics, including Home Alone, Elf, Love Actually and It’s a Wonderful Life.
We chose Home Alone. Entry to the auditorium is timed; you queue at the entrance, where a woman in a red Mother Christmas takes your tickets, and opens the wardrobe door. After pushing through some clothes, you walk into a tunnel of twinkly trees (you can see this in the little video we posted here), on through a snowy forest, then out into an auditorium full of bean bags with blankets. The bean bags have comfortable backs, so you can properly snuggle in. With the scent of mulled wine in the air, and Christmas lights strewn among the winter foliage hung along the walls, it’s a proper Christmas treat.
Home Alone is a crowd-pleasing, slapstick-full family movie that has definitely improved with age since its first release. It has just the right balance of schmaltz and cartoon violence. The setting of the early 1990s gives it a twee, olde-worlde vibe (most of the drama would have been avoided if the characters had mobile phones, or facebook to help rally the neighbours into rescuing young Kevin (Macauley Culkin) from his burglar-driven siege). Instead of the regular trailers and ads, we were treated to a series of vintage snippets of old crooners like Fred Astaire singing Christmas tunes.
The Winter Night Garden is set in Mercato Metropolitano – a hipster hubbub of vintage clothes and gourmet Italian street food. Yum!
Backyard Cinema is at Mercato Metropolitano SE1, between Elephant & Castle and Borough stations, until 8 Jan 2017
There are a range of films showing, at different times of the day. You can find films suitable for all ages (although many of them are now sold out).
This is our last post before the Christmas holiday. Have a great time, everyone!