Electric Cinema is one of those places I’ve been meaning to go to for ages, but have never quite got around to visiting. I used to love the cinema – I was one of those people who would just show up and watch whatever was on, with a big bag of pick and mix which I’d somehow finish before the trailers were over! – but our nearest one now is at the o2, which is a bit of a mission (not to mention insanely expensive). Electric Cinema in Shoreditch seemed like a good alternative and when I was racking my brains to think of a present for my film-obsessed friend, I decided now was the time to give it a go!
Electric Cinema basically shows one film at a time, and we picked Trainwreck. Can I just say that really, we were going for the cinematic experience, not for the film, and that I didn’t particularly look up what the film was about in advance – and I loved it! I’m honestly not really a film person but I cannot wait to make Ian watch this film – it’s so funny, I think most girls can see a little bit of themselves in Amy, and I just laughed the whole way through it. It’s such a feel good movie – I thoroughly recommend!
The cinema itself is tucked away in a side street in Shoreditch, quite unassuming from the outside. When you get in, you come into a kind of foyer-cum-restaurant, which I have to admit was a little confusing – we weren’t sure if you ordered food and drinks upstairs to take with you, or went downstairs first, and so on- they could do with a little more signposting at that stage!
We got our tickets and our diet cokes (no food sadly – wedding diet, sad face) and made our way to the screens below! The drinks menu is really extensive – loads of cocktails, wines and beers – I wished I was drinking, but had a really bad hangover so thought, perhaps not. There were lots of different choices of food – very strange for a cinema but interesting!
When we got down there I was so excited to see the auditorium. It’s so cute – rows of little comfy arm chairs, each with their own table and lamp!
We took our seats and snuggled into the blankets provided.
The screen is like a big stage with a proper old fashioned red curtain, which I loved.
It really did make watching the film, which was quite long, incredibly comfortable and relaxing. I felt like I had gone back to a cinema in the olden days – honestly, wasn’t everything just better then?! Why aren’t all cinemas more like this now?!
My only complaint was that there were only two toilets, which made the queue at the end of the film slightly horrific, but that’s just a tiny niggle. Overall I thought it was absolutely brilliant, and I will definitely be returning as soon as I can!