Choosing to queue down a remote East London back ally dolled up like an extra from Bugsy Malone might seem a odd way to spend Sunday evening – but then that’s what happens when you sign up to Future Cinema, a company who specialise in putting the Magic back into Movies. Rather than sinking comfortably into a red velvet seat and allowing the latest flick to wash over you this company send every guest instructions about what to wear and proceed to throw them into the middle of one big themed party. I signed up for ‘Casablanca’ alongside another 150 or so bogus Bogies and Bergmans who stood holding their tickets in sharp suits & tuxedos, silk shirts & pencil skirts – smart casual this was not.
After a brief frisk from the ‘secret police’ (a refreshing experience…) I entered into ‘The Troxy’, a breathtaking 1920s music hall, perfectly preserved in all it’s majestic glory. I can’t imagine a more apt venue for the spectacular evening that rolled out before me – where else could you provide enough space for a full piece swing band, tap dancing bunny girls, a vintage grand piano, pop up cocktail bars, popcorn stands, candlelit tables and a dance floor? It was all too much, I needed a drink which arrived in the form of a champagne cocktail ( who needs Diet Coke?), I also decided to ditch the pick n’ mix and instead fill up on Moroccan mezze served at the mini Moro tucked into the back of the Troxy’s downstairs floor.
The start of the film was then heralded by a ‘shoot out’ between actors hidden in the audience followed by a couple of numbers played live by our very own Fat Sam, ‘you must remember this’ he sang as the screen unfurled and the opening credits rolled.
You know what, I think I will.
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