A Mission To Mars, via London
A Mission to Mars, via London?
The red-hot cinema spot in London, is the perfect day-out- regardless of the weather. Run by the Backyard Cinema company, the ‘Mission to Mars’ venue is located in Borough, South London. Dominic Davies began the alternative screenings in 2014, with an ‘Apocalypse’ viewing experience. Although the cinema has been running for the past four years, its most recent Mars theme is its most immersive.
Upon arrival guests are greeted by futuristic décor, reminiscent of Tomorrowland. The tone is set by electric blue lighting, that faintly covers the ceiling and seating area. Around the edge of the venue are pilot and co-pilot seats, with their own navigational systems. You can grab a drink and the bar or use your complimentary snack tokens to trade in for Space Snacks; I chose a selection of fizzy gummy worms and sweet popcorn that add an air of nostalgia and familiarity to the other-worldly experience.
What is unique about this particular company is their commitment to each theme; the entertainment starts long before the film- with a roleplay in which an audience member is picked to help pilot the plane safely to Mars before the film begins.
I was lucky enough to see A Quiet Place, John Krasinski’s directorial debut. As those who have watched the Oscar worthy film will know, it is an incredible sensory experience. The reliance on silence to build suspense in the film is heightened by the cinema’s futuristic surroundings; the cool, clean-cut environment set in the vacuum of space makes the films premise of a quiet dystopian future feel palpably real.
The team behind the Backyard Cinema should be praised for their dedication and attention to detail. You can see a range of blockbusters throughout August until September 2nd, standard ticket prices are £17.50, but some kids’ showings are only £5 and would make for a great family day out.
So, if you are looking for a quirky night out with friends, or an out-of-this-world birthday present, look no further- Backyard Cinema have you covered.
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