It was only the other day that I was reminiscing about grand open air cinemas, amphitheatres of the modern day. Just outside Frankfurt, where I grew up, I was taken as a treat to see The Goonies on a massive outdoor screen, bringing along all the junk food an eight year old would need (basically just a bag of sweets). The occasion, the screen, the film, they all still resonate within me. I know the weather in the UK is debateable at the best of times, but I do wonder why we don't have more outdoor drive in cinemas.
One thing we do seem to have plenty of is the "enhanced" cinema experience. Companies such as Secret Cinema and Future Cinema ply their trade by showing classics such as Bugsy Malone and Blade Runner, and enhance the experience by encouraging fancy dress and interactive elements with actors. However, the new boy on the pop up cinema scene is Nomad, a pop up cinema experience run by the Lexi Cinema. With all profits going to charity and food supplied none other than Salt Yard Group. this looks to be a pop up cinema experience with a difference.
I was invited to a preview of the food that will be available at these screenings, including hot dogs and their famous iberico burgers (sans foie gras this time). Think American comfort food with a Salt Yard twist. Of course the evening wouldn't be without popcorn, which can be ordered in either a smoked paprika or cinnamon and lemon version. Everything we tasted was excellent, even the rather odd yet moreish saffron and pistachio ice cream. If they are there, you have to get the salt cod croquettes which were complemented by a lemon and caper alioli. Great cinema food.
Check out the upcoming films and settle in for a night of good food and old time classics on a big screen in Hyde park.
SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST – QUEENS PARK –GOONIES (PG)
SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER – QUEENS PARK –THE GRADUATE (15)
SATURDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER – QUEENS PARK –THE BIG LEBOWSKI (18)
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