I wouldn’t usually recommend anyone going anywhere near flavoured milk, except that on this occasion, you can get to see several classic films for free.
There are quite a few showing at Surrey Quays cinema (not a million miles from Blackheath – take a number 41 bus from outside Lewisham station). I saw Blade Runner there last week which was, on the whole, great.
They are showing films at Odeon and Cineworld cinemas (click on the respective link to see which ones are on near you). To get tickets to the Odeon films, you have to print out the page that shows the screening time. Then take the print out to the cinema (by hand I’m afraid) no more than 7 days before the screening. They’ll only give you a maximum of 2 tickets per person (per print out I guess). You don’t have to drink any funny coloured milk.
I thought they’d be massively over-subscribed, but Blade Runner only had about 20 people present. The only downside was the (frankly comical) display of trailers beforehand. This consisted of an out of focus digital projector being aimed at the screen from the projection booth, wiggled around a bit, focussed in and out again, and then moved around a few more times. Then someone pressed play on a DVD player connected to the projector, and we had a little bit of some cheesy adverts for Frijj milk. With no sound. Then they fixed the sound, spent a few more minutes jiggling the image around, and then played us FIVE trailers.
The trailers were all a pastiche of 1950s B-Movie horror, which initially produced some knowing laughter, but after five in a row, you wonder whether they will ever get around to showing the movie (and whether the movie will be played from a DVD player).
Eventually the movie started (not on DVD I’m glad to say), and a thoroughly good evening was had by everyone.
Pat mentioned in another post:
If you want to see “Blade Runner” for free check out the Frijj festival at the Odeon Greenwich, they are showing it next Thursday 28th August. We saw Gladiator last week and there were only about twenty people in the cinema.
Photo by Flickr user Dogbomb.