A few weeks back I was trawling the internet to find somewhere to go after somewhere else for our work Christmas Party and I came across the Cellar Door Club. It was a little small and possibly a little too exotic for the Christmas party but I noticed that they have a Sunday movie each Sunday afternoon.
I’m a keen movie watcher but MrS not so much. I was a little hesitant but went ahead and booked anyway, thinking I might be able to persuade someone else to go should MrS really hate the idea.
Originally it was to be a surprise until he announced last week that he might be going to Brands Hatch for the BTCC today and I had to spill. Then when I found out that it was the GP this pm I just felt that it was going to be a nonstarter, despite his placations.
The Cellar Door used to be a gents toilets. It’s tiny. It can hold 55 standing and for the cinema club, there was just 26 allowed.
We nearly walked past the entrance. I commented on what a weird and wonderful glass canopy it was over the set of stairs disappearing into the pavement was and MrS pointed out that that might possibly *be* the Cellar Door, seeing as, you know, it was underground…
It’s a tiny cocktail bar, possibly about as large as the ground floor in an average house. You order drinks by ticking what you would like and handing it to the waitress so you don’t disturb the rest of the audience. There was also bottomless refills on the popcorn.
Whilst we were waiting for the film to start there was a stream of 70s Public information movies playing including “Charlie Says” and the “Tufty Club which certainly kept us amused, especially as there was no sound to them and we made up our own alternative commentary. There was also bottomless popcorn:)
There was a B Movie first – a Buster Keaton silent to which there was live music accompaniment by Pete Saunders. But the main film was Arsenic and Old Lace, starring Cary Grant and directed by Frank “It’s a wonderful life” Capra. It’s based on a play (this is evident when watching as it’s mostly set in one room) and, released in 1944, is very much a forerunner to the later Alec Guinness/Peter Sellers movie The Lady Killers which came out in 1955
Having grown up in a family where interest in sport was non existent, and in the years when there were only 3 (and then only 4) tv channels, movies were for Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Something to be shared with my dad. This was one of those moves I remember watching and I was immersed in nostalgia. MrS loved it, thank goodness. It’s always a worry when you share something you love with someone you love.
And the cocktails were some of the best I’ve had, definitely a brilliant idea for something different to do in London.