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Adventures in a Pop-Up Cinema


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Outdoor and ‘Pop-up’ Cinemas are proving very popular this year - maybe it’s the weather, the added extras thrown into liven up the experience, or the desire to see film in a different setting, away from the standard sticky floored and over-price multiplexes that have taken over from local small scale theatres, putting nearly all of them out of business.

Here at The National Student we had the chance to experience the Nomad Cinema outdoor screening of Top Gun in Grosvenor Square, near Bond Street station, London and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

Lexi Cinema presents Nomad Cinema is a roaming film screening that visits various London locations around the city, taking in some of the capital’s best outdoor spaces, where fans can enjoy an iconic film in truly unique surrounding. The roaming cinema comes equipped with mobile projector, the pop-up cinema team and street food stalls, whatever the weather. This year’s highlights include the iconic action flick Top Gun in Grosvenor Square, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight at Brompton Cemetery and The Talented Mr Ripley at Hyde Park Lido.

To top it off the company also gives 100% of profits to pioneering charity The Sustainability Institute, which runs development programmes for villages in South Africa.

More than just an outside screen, the guys from Nomad offer a cinematic experience tailored to complement each film. The National Student visited the Nomad as it passed through Grosvenor Square, in the amazing surroundings of Mayfair, and we were greeted by the Nomad staff, who were more than helpful, signed us in and gave us our rain macs, as it looked like it was going to rain.

Using a 15,000 lumen projector allowed the guys to start the film earlier than most outdoor films can do in London which was fantastic, allowing us to appreciate our surroundings as the sun went down.

Additional sponsors for the event were London based brewery Meantime, offering all locally produced beers and a food cart offering snacks and treats. Of course going to the cinema is not the same without popcorn, and Nomad did not let us down. ‘Love Da Pop’ was on hand to provide gourmet hand cooked popcorn in three amazing flavours; Caramel, White Chocolate and Salt & Pepper.

We’re not going to review the film here, as most of you will have seen Top Gun - or if not, shame on you. Go and watch it now!

Nomad’s journey continues until 30th September 2014, and they are screening a range of films from family favourites to classic horrors and everything in between, all in venues that are iconic, striking and have a real history behind them. So sit back, relax and enjoy watching some of your favourite films.

Films showing include Jurassic Park, E.T, Thelma and Louise, Pulp Fiction, The Matrix, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and many more.

I would recommend the Nomad Cinema to everyone, couples and families alike. Tickets throughout the season are priced between £8 – £18.50. For a unique cinematic experience, check out the link below and see where the Nomad is off to next.


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