Now that it’s that time of year when we can all switch to complaining about it being too hot, outdoor cinemas are popping up all over the city and it needs to be said that the Bussey Building’s new pop-up rooftop screen really is the bomb.
Film-lovers in SE15 already enjoy the lowest movie prices in London with £4.99 tickets at Peckham Plex, which is charming in its ‘80s American mall pre-shootout style. However, Rooftop Film Club (which also has cinemas in Shoreditch, Ealing Broadway and Kensington) has brought a touch of class to ol’ Rye Lane. For starters the programme is brilliant. You’ve got fabulous ‘80s hits: Back to the Future, Cocktail, Top Gun, you have classics: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Jaws, Fight Club, Life is Beautiful, AND you have everything between, with a film screening every night of the week from now until August 31.
The setting boasts spectacular views of the city and the rooftop is covered in AstroTurf and lined with red and white striped deck chairs. There’s a bar, popcorn and food vendors set up and everyone is given giant ‘80s style headphones to tune into the audio with and a royal blue fleece slanket (blanket with sleeves) to keep them warm. You could be forgiven for mistaking the big group of matching-slanket, headphone-wearing people transfixed on a screen for some kind of cult, but it’s really just good, clean fun. After enjoying the beginning of the British summer wearing fleece, drinking vodka and watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on the roof of the old arms and cricket bat manufacturers, I’m convinced it’s the only way to go to the movies.