Backyard Cinema have a swish new space to play with.
Even the most nomadic amongst us need a place to call home, and Backyard Cinema is no exception. They’ve wandered London for a while now, popping up at Winterville with festive offerings and a stint at Mercato Metropolitano for various themed surprises. This week, they finally opened a permanent site, and in true cinematic style, they’ve done something grand and epic with it.
For starters, Backyard Cinema have taken over a fairly historic venue: Capital Studios in Wandsworth. The television studios have played host to The Beatles and David Bowie, and also – perhaps more excitingly – served as the home of the unbeatable Ready, Steady, Cook. And if the prospect of treading the same hallowed earth that Ainsley Harriott once walked doesn’t excite you, there’s plenty of fancy things to keep you entertained.
Billed as an “immersive, multi-sensory cinematic playground”, Backyard Cinema will continue along the path of themed seasonal offerings, starting with their winter season. Taking their much-loved Winter Night Garden and kicking it up a notch in size and scope, your journey to the cinema includes a trip through a magical wardrobe, a wander through an enchanted forest, and then (mercifully) a prolonged sit down in their famed bean bag chairs, as you catch the likes of Aladdin, Rocketman, Dirty Dancing, Moulin Rouge, and Harry Potter on the big screen.
Of course, Backyard Cinema aren’t moving in on their lonesome. The space will also feature an all-day bar, features cocktails on tap and artisan pizza, and there’s another separate bar run by Gipsy Hill Brewing Co that’s all about craft beer. Meanwhile, the heated courtyard will play host to Honest Burgers (who are creating a Backyard Burger just for the occasion) and Mother Clucker‘s epic fried chicken, along with Dappa and their delicious plant-based ice creams.
It all sounds rather wonderful, and it’s even better for local residents, who are getting ticket discounts and the opportunity to use the space for talks and events. Truly, it’s a Backyard we all want to hang out in…
Find Backyard Cinema at Capital Studios, 13 Wandsworth Plain, SW18 1ET. Find out more from their website.
Also published on Medium.