Films4Food is a genius initiative from the big-hearted folks at the Rainbow Collective. It's a simple idea. You bring food to one of the designated London cinemas and in return you get to watch the film for free. Since they started, over 525 kilos of food has been donated, making more than 1050 meals for the Tower Hamlets Food Bank.
The Institute of Light is Hackney’s sparkly new art-house cinema as well as a vinyl record store, restaurant and bar, coffee shop and bookshop. Nestled beneath a railway arch in London Fields, the cinema seats have been salvaged from a Pan Am plane and the gorgeous little courtyard serves, amongst other delights, local Five Point Brewery draft ale and Prosecco on tap. Traditional Brazilian tapas and street food is provided by the Rio Boteco team and includes salted cod fishcakes and crispy cassava chips.
IOL's cinema will be screening some fabulous flix from Blades of Glory, Chariots of Fire and Cool Runnings (during the Rio Olympics) to Charles Laughton’s iconic Night of the Hunter and Sergei Parajanov’s Colour of Pomegranates.
It’s open Wednesday to Sunday weekly until Sun 28 August. Cinema sofa seat tickets are £9, regular seats £6.
Institute of Light, Arch 376, 10 Helmsley Place. Hackney. Beneath London Fields Overground.
Backyard Cinema, which started... you guessed it... in someone's backyard (Dominic’s), has bloomed into a roaming, theatrical cinema that shows a carefully pruned selection of films in immersive and very unusual locations. Using luscious set builds, live music as well as actors, it's got to be one of London’s most delightful and quirky cinematic experiences.
For this summer’s programme, which includes Romeo and Juliet with a live choir, check out - Backyard Cinema
Pillow Cinema has launched a Kickstarter campaign to revive The Castle on Chatsworth Road as a full-time, permanent picturehouse. They need to raise £45,000 by 31st March to reinstate this delightful 60-seater, which has been here since 1913. If you can part with a few pennies, there are some fine rewards including free tickets, membership and even getting your face on the big screen. To find out more: check out
Those canny folk from the Rooftop Film club have gone underground again, this time creating the most unusual pop-up cinema beneath Charing Cross station. Sandwiched between two redundant Jubilee lines with the old fashioned escalators behind us, we watched 'Underground' - a delightful silent movie from 1929, set in ... you guessed it... the Underground (as well as a deliciously old-school department store). A real treat.
For more info, visit : http://www.undergroundfilmclub.com/