Pop-up cinema in disused Charing Cross Tube station opens tonight with Strangers on a Train

The Underground Cinema Club is putting on film screenings until early June

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Tonight will see the disused Charing Cross Tube station turned into an underground cinema for a series of film screenings.

Current and classic movie favourites will be showing until 2 June with ticketholders experiencing a unique venue complete with popcorn vendors and a bar.

Alfred Hitchcock's film-noir thriller Strangers on a Train will kick things off at 7pm, followed by horror-comedy An American Werewolf in London at 9pm.

Other films on the Underground Cinema Club's bill include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Casablanca, Blade Runner, Some Like It Hot, The Grand Budapest Hotel, this year's Oscar winner Birdman and, appropriately, Paddington.

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Paddington will be shown in the old Charing Cross Tube station

Fortunately scary movie Creep, about a woman locked overnight on the Underground and stalked by a deformed sewer-dwelling killer, isn't among the options.

Co-founder Gerry Cottle Jr said: "Our aim has been to build on the launch of Underground Film Club late last year by providing an even more unique experience for the movie-going public – and there's no more unique a setting than a genuine Tube station.

"London Underground rarely allows this sort of access, so these screenings really are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

 

Charing Cross closed to the public in 1999 when the Jubilee Line was extended, but the station is no stranger to the movie industry. Memorable underground scenes from 2012 Bond film Skyfall were filmed on its platforms and it has been hired out for other productions too.

The British Film Institute is supporting these screenings as part of the Firsts for the Tube series to celebrate the start of all-night weekend services in September.

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