London Underground is getting a pop-up cinema to mark the 24-hour Tube

Underground Film Club is launching next month and popcorn is on the menu

Jess Denham
Wednesday 29 April 2015 16:50
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Charing Cross station to come alive with pop-up cinema experience
Charing Cross station to come alive with pop-up cinema experience

Charing Cross station is set to become a cinema next month in celebration of the new 24-hour Tube.

Pop-up experience Underground Film Club is launching in May with a series of screenings and yes, there will be popcorn, street food and alcohol on offer.

Movies on the bill include Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Casablanca, Blade Runner, Some Like It Hot and, appropriately, Strangers on a Train and Paddington.

Let’s just hope horror film Creep, about a woman locked overnight on the Underground and stalked by a deformed, sewer-dwelling killer, isn’t among the options.

“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,” said Gerry Cottle Jr, co-founder of the Underground Film Club.

“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.

Outdoor cinema pros Rooftop Film Club and Drive-in Film Club are behind the exciting weekend festival, scheduled for 29-31 May and organised to mark the upcoming start of the night Tube in September

Tickets cost £14 for adults and £7 for children, with 100 available for each screening on the Underground Film Club website. Many of the screenings have already sold out but film fans are hoping that extra dates will be added in due course.

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