I hope that one day, I’m asked where’s the weirdest place I’ve watched a film (a common question), because after this week, I’ll be able to say in a sand filled room on the fourth floor of Liberty.
I haven’t really got into the whole pop-up immersive cinema scene. I’ve seen friends get all dressed up to see Star Wars or Back to the Future and thought “meh, seems like a lot of effort to me”. I love comfort, so sitting on a rug on the floor whilst straining my neck to see the screen doesn’t scream fun for me.
However, something about the Backyard Cinema screenings at Liberty appealed to me. It might have been the Miami theme (considering my recent visit), it might have been that it was being held in my favourite store, or it could have been the brilliant selection of films. We’ll never know.
The whole summer, Backyard Cinema is based at the Mercato Metropolitano in South London, a place I have yet to visit but looks amazing. They’re showing some absolute classics there – new and old, children’s, comedy, action – all sorts. And as a little offshoot to their summer season, they set up shop in the Disappearing Store on 4 at Liberty.
Tim and I got tickets for Footloose, and I really do recommend seeing Footloose with him as he is a world renowned expert on all things Ren McCormack. The last time I watched it with him was at the Prince Charles Cinema at one of their overnight PJ parties, and I shamefully fell asleep midway through. I’m not sure if he’s forgiven me for that.
We were given flip flops before we went into the room because they had filled the whole place with sand, sadly not Liberty print flip flops which was my only criticism. There were about 20 deckchairs set up with little tables full of sweets and popcorn, and we were given a drink when we arrived. It was so satisfying to sit in the deckchair and feel the sand between your toes. Made me really nostalgic for Surfside. I really can’t think of a better place to watch a film. They did such a great job with the staging, and I’m tempted to visit their main location. I’ll definitely keep checking in with them to see what new experiences they come up with.