Watching films in the right environment

Watching films in the right environment

The Coen brothers' cult comedy The Big Lebowski will screen on Tuesday, September 23 at Eastleigh Film Festival

George A Romero's 1978 horror classic Dawn of the Dead will screen on Saturday, September 27 at the Swan Shopping Centre, in Eastleigh

First published in On My Mind.... Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

How many times have there been those of us who have gone to the cinema only to find the experience overpriced and underwhelming?

Noisy cinema-goers, smelly food, people using their mobile phones in dark rooms – these are not the ingredients required for a good cinema experience.

Silence, comfy seats, no crunchy food, bans on mobile phones – call me a zealot but it does make a difference.

Watching a film in the right environment is paramount to making the most of it.

Movie event companies such as Secret Cinema have been organising events where people dress up to watch films in film-appropriate locations for ages but now it is finally heading here.

Organisers of Eastleigh Film Festival have arranged for three great films at perfect locations, a bowling alley, an Italian restaurant and a shopping centre.

It’s great to see three Hampshire companies realise the vision of the festival and allow these films to be screened at their premises.

For those who don’t know, the Coen Brothers’ complex drama The Big Lebowski will be shown at Eastleigh AMF Bowling, Stanley Tucci’s restaurant-set Big Night screened at La Fenice Italian Restaurant and George A Romero’s zombie flick Dawn of the Dead at the Swan Shopping Centre.

The uncomfortable surroundings of a shopping mall will only help Dawn of the Dead feel even more unbearable while supping a glass of Chianti in an Italian eatery while watching Big Night would lend it pathos.

Fans of a certain podcast featuring a certain Hampshire film critic and his certain Radio DJ friend and colleague will be aware of the Cinema Code of Conduct.

I’m a long subscriber to Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo’s Code of Conduct and proud of it.

I am always glad when an audience is quiet, doesn’t eat smelly, crunchy food and doesn’t use mobile phones.

But having lasagne or the clatter of bowling balls in the background can only be beneficial.

It's yet another great way of getting to enjoy the magic of cinema by putting it in context and one which I am very much looking forward to.

For more information see www.eastleighfilmfestival.com.

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12:19pm Mon 1 Sep 14

RomseyKeith says...

I often don't find the cinema overpriced, thanks to the Unlimited Card at Cineworld (where I pay monthly £16.40 and go as often as I want, which is usually between 5 and 8 times a month although it can be more during the busy summer and winter seasons.
I can find a screening disappointing though, if the film is rubbish or people or talking or using their phones throughout it (enslaved by the machine).
It can, however, be an amazing experience if it is a special screening like the ones listed. I went to see Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day at a cinema screening, and the audience sang along, and applauded each song. A Harbour Lights screening of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan had an almost unicen yell of "Khaaan!!" during Kirk's now infamous scene. And recent screenings of Jurassic Park, Ghost and Back to the Future ahead of their Blu Ray releases were watched in silence by avid fans and those who were experiencing them for the first time.
You'll always get the odd inconsiderate person who can ruin things, but that's true of most places and events.
I often don't find the cinema overpriced, thanks to the Unlimited Card at Cineworld (where I pay monthly £16.40 and go as often as I want, which is usually between 5 and 8 times a month although it can be more during the busy summer and winter seasons. I can find a screening disappointing though, if the film is rubbish or people or talking or using their phones throughout it (enslaved by the machine). It can, however, be an amazing experience if it is a special screening like the ones listed. I went to see Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day at a cinema screening, and the audience sang along, and applauded each song. A Harbour Lights screening of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan had an almost unicen yell of "Khaaan!!" during Kirk's now infamous scene. And recent screenings of Jurassic Park, Ghost and Back to the Future ahead of their Blu Ray releases were watched in silence by avid fans and those who were experiencing them for the first time. You'll always get the odd inconsiderate person who can ruin things, but that's true of most places and events. RomseyKeith
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8:44pm Fri 19 Sep 14

rudolph_hucker says...

RomseyKeith wrote:
I often don't find the cinema overpriced, thanks to the Unlimited Card at Cineworld (where I pay monthly £16.40 and go as often as I want, which is usually between 5 and 8 times a month although it can be more during the busy summer and winter seasons.
I can find a screening disappointing though, if the film is rubbish or people or talking or using their phones throughout it (enslaved by the machine).
It can, however, be an amazing experience if it is a special screening like the ones listed. I went to see Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day at a cinema screening, and the audience sang along, and applauded each song. A Harbour Lights screening of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan had an almost unicen yell of "Khaaan!!" during Kirk's now infamous scene. And recent screenings of Jurassic Park, Ghost and Back to the Future ahead of their Blu Ray releases were watched in silence by avid fans and those who were experiencing them for the first time.
You'll always get the odd inconsiderate person who can ruin things, but that's true of most places and events.
This is a great post, I wasn't aware of such a scheme, but I will be looking into it, sounds like a good deal. Nice one Keith!
[quote][p][bold]RomseyKeith[/bold] wrote: I often don't find the cinema overpriced, thanks to the Unlimited Card at Cineworld (where I pay monthly £16.40 and go as often as I want, which is usually between 5 and 8 times a month although it can be more during the busy summer and winter seasons. I can find a screening disappointing though, if the film is rubbish or people or talking or using their phones throughout it (enslaved by the machine). It can, however, be an amazing experience if it is a special screening like the ones listed. I went to see Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day at a cinema screening, and the audience sang along, and applauded each song. A Harbour Lights screening of Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan had an almost unicen yell of "Khaaan!!" during Kirk's now infamous scene. And recent screenings of Jurassic Park, Ghost and Back to the Future ahead of their Blu Ray releases were watched in silence by avid fans and those who were experiencing them for the first time. You'll always get the odd inconsiderate person who can ruin things, but that's true of most places and events.[/p][/quote]This is a great post, I wasn't aware of such a scheme, but I will be looking into it, sounds like a good deal. Nice one Keith! rudolph_hucker
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