Cost: About £14 including ticket, G&T and Revels
Joy Factor: 8
Sneaking off to see a movie on an afternoon feels just downright naughty – like bunking school or slinging a sickie: the rest of the world is busy working, commuting, cooking, while you’ve simply opted out.
Turning a visit to the cinema into a joy packed experience is down to two things – the timing and cinema. The movie itself is pretty incidental. If it’s good then you’ve hit the jackpot. If it’s a duffer then you can still find some joy in being the right place at the right time and enjoy some brain-numbing time out.
The perfect time is 4.10pm on a rainy midweek afternoon, when there is nothing else pressing in your life for the next two and half hours. There’s nothing as decadent (well not in my life anyway) as going into a cinema when it’s light and coming out when it’s dark. Choosing the right cinema is also vital. I can’t stand multi-storey multiplexes and their gag-inducing smell of hot dogs, giant packets of Revels and buckets of Coke. Note to Multiplex Marketing people…Stop it!! We’re a nation of Type 2 Diabetics!! And inside isn’t much better, with endless adverts and a sound system so loud you long for some earwax.
Well, since you ask, my favourite cinema is http://grosvenorwestend.co.uk a mere ten minutes walk from home. Yeah, the seats are comfy and the screen great and the sounds all Dolby-ish….yawn. But, the reason it’s the perfect spot for a sneaky afternoon movie is the adjacent bar, where I will happily pay for a well-made gin and slim.
Revels (normal size 169 calories) are pre-purchased and rattling about quietly in my handbag.