As part of my birthday present Mr. A took us out east to Shoreditch. Our relationship is built on the most solid of foundations – a mutual love for cheesy and ridiculous ’80s films, so an outdoor screening of John Hughes’ Weird Science seemed particularly apt!
The last time I went to an outdoor cinema in the UK was a few years ago when I went to see Ghostbusters at Spinningfields. It had chucked it down then, but that was Manchester – surely London in July would be a better bet? While I had dressed up and looked fairly glamorous (in an attempt not to look too scruffy next to the fashion forward yet casual Shoreditch crowd) the elements were against us, so for most of the evening I ended up looking like this:
Although initially freezing, there was something oddly satisfying about watching a film wrapped up in a blanket under a poncho – it reminded me of going camping. The venue offers barbecue before the film screens, so we had a burger each with some rather healthy looking and lovely sides, which tasted very nice until it all got a bit wet. The rooftop of the Queen of Hoxton was decked out in cheery summery festival vibe and it was all rather sweet.
We were given headsets and sat in our deckchairs, and settled in. Despite not usually feeling the cold, I doubled up on blankets as I was incredibly chilly, so if you do go I suggest wrapping up warm!
The film was mad, and really enjoyable – even if slightly non PC by current standards – a very young Robert Downey Junior has a little role in it, too!
Although we had a lovely evening, I guess I’m not sure if we have the right climate for outdoor cinema. In the Mediterranean perhaps, but the past two experiences prove to me how ambitious of an endeavor it is. But who knows – it could be third time lucky!