A Trip to the Cinema & Pizza in Ouseburn
Once you have a baby it is difficult to get the time to go to the cinema. On date nights you may prefer to go for a meal or a drink than spend two hours in a darkened room. Some cinemas run special Baby Screenings for mummies and daddies but these are usually through the week, which means those back to work can’t indulge in their love of the silver screen. I heard about Blackfriars Ouseburn Cinema on Facebook and was interested in its family friendly film screenings.
Located opposite The Tanners Arms, St. Vincent’s is home to this pop-up cinema experience. The BOC is not-for-profit, has regular screenings of many new releases and scheduled theme events such as singalongs. I booked myself and the Teen in to see ‘Beauty & the Beast’, a film I’m ashamed to say I did not see the original of. He reluctantly agreed to this on the premise there would be copious amounts of refreshments purchased and consumed during!
Held in a large hall with a bar, the seating has been arranged in a cabaret style set-up. You can order drinks, popcorn and other snacks direct to your table by turning on your table lamp during the performance, and there’s a handy form to fill in so you don’t disturb other viewers.Everything was set up beautifully, even down to the themed ‘selfie station’ in the corner 🙂
I have to apologise in advance for the quality of the pictures as it was quite dark inside. I paid an extra £3 on top of the Teen’s ticket price so he could have a slice of cake and tea during the film. I asked in advance about vegan options and then went armed with some small cartons of soy milk so I could have a cuppa, but unfortunately the cakes weren’t suitable.
I liked the laidback feeling of the place and how welcoming it was for children. I imagine later screenings may have a different audience demographic, but for our film there were a lot of families. Babies under 2 years old that don’t require a seat aren’t charged admission, which I think is great. With the open hall and table set-up it makes it easy for small children to stretch out or take a little walk should they get fidgety. Some of the smaller children were sat on their own in front of the screen for part of the film, but during some of the more ‘intense’ parts of the film went back to sit with their parents. I wasn’t distracted at all by their presence and I’ve decided that we will have a family trip to the cinema soon with Dinky in tow. The cake was given a thumbs up by the Teen and I liked the convenience of being able to order snacks without leaving the table. I also thought they were reasonably priced compared to mainstream cinema prices.For more information about screenings at BOC check out their website here.
While in the vicinity I decided we’d pop to The Tower Café (which we’ve previously mentioned on the blog here) for pizza. The Teen was still full from the cake, popcorn, crisps and chocolate he tucked away during the film and refused his usual Margherita. I ordered two cheese-free Vegetable Calzones to take away instead, which meant Mr. Canny wasn’t being left out on all the fun we were having.There was a bit of a wait because it was busy but we took the opportunity to have a chat and drink at the bar while our pizzas were being crafted in the kitchen. Gluten free pizza is available on request and they will try to accommodate those with allergies and intolerances too. Our Calzones were bursting with artichokes, peppers and other vegetables so I didn’t feel it was lacking without the cheese. These hefty pies were just £13 for the two, which is great value for money.I managed to get them home while they were still hot which must be some sort of record. It was the first time Mr. Canny had tried out one of their pizzas and said he was impressed. We will definitely have to pop in with a BYOB at some stage in the not-to-distant future. Like BOC, Tower Café is also child friendly and it was good to see families tucking into pizzas while playing board games on this particular Saturday night.
We hope this post has inspired you to organise a family afternoon out in Ouseburn soon 🙂
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