By Ryan F
Cinema dating is losing its appeal. Cooped up in a room filled with noisy eaters, loud whisperers, and that abnormally tall guy whose seat happens to be directly in front of your view. First dates at the big cinemas offer little opportunity for two people to get to know one another. Whilst multi-screen cinemas offer the perfect evening for a group of friends to watch an eagerly anticipated blockbuster hit, dating should be about getting to know one another, sharing new experiences, and making physical contact (for some of the more impatient individuals among us). So fear not, cinema’s personal love affair with the dating game isn’t dead; it’s just about choosing the right cinema!
When you think about it, us Londoners, we are spoilt for choice. From rooftops to hot-tubs, dinner to cocktails, there are so many new and exciting cinemas to be discovered. These new settings offering us an experience beyond our initial stereotypical associations with the word cinema. Yet, the problem looms only to the extent that these quirky little hotspots remain unknown to the masses. So it’s time to spread the word – Here is it – which independent cinemas tick the boxes for the perfect first date?
For a classically cool experience – Electric Cinema, (Shoreditch)
A plush cinema in an undeniably cool area, the Electric Cinema Shoreditch consists of 65 leather armchairs, complete with footstools and side tables offering unparalleled comfort. This classy cinema maintains a very old school style with plenty of room to cuddle up to your companion for the night. Be sure to check out Old Spitalfields Market nearby for a wander and perhaps some food, pre-viewing!
191 Portobello Road, W11 2ED electriccinema.co.uk
For pre-drinks and viewing – Roxy Bar and Screen (Borough, near Londonbridge)
A couple of minutes walk from Borough Market, this intriguing dimly lit venue hosts regular film club screenings; mainstream releases; left-field rarities and a bunch of classics, all within the confinement of a bar serving an array of cocktails and spirits. Complete with a row of leather Chesterfield-style sofas at the front, the Roxy offers some very respectable ticket prices within the ideal intimate surroundings for a first date.
128-132 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB roxybarandscreen.com
For the whole package – Everyman Cinemas
Taking laid-back cinemas to the masses, Everyman are transforming the mainstream cinema experience through comfy sofas with cushions, side tables for snacks, a stocked bar, wine cooler and a personal show you to your seat service. Setting the bar pretty high, Everyman cinemas are popping up all over the country, however we recommend you try Hampstead or Belsize Park for the local selection of bars and restaurants nearby to round off your evening.
Various venues; everymancinema.com
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