Going to the cinema is a huge treat for me and I love to find ways to make it even more luxurious. For special occasions like birthdays, I like to give the local multiplex a miss and seek out something more unique. For instance, for my husband’s birthday last year, we watched Rocket Man at Tivoli in Bath. Tivoli is a delightful Art Deco style cinema with a gorgeous cocktail bar and lounge area. The auditoriums include comfy sofas and the opportunity to have cocktails and delectable nibbles such as salt and pepper squid delivered directly to your seats. This sort of cinema experience although pricey feels well worth the money for a special night out.
Since my indulgent visit to Tivoli, I’ve challenged myself to make visits to my local multiplex a little more luxurious. I think about the practicalities of the visit as well as what I can take to make it special. I have created a checklist of the things I like to take with me. When it comes to food and drink, I don’t want oversized snacks and drinks ,which are not only expensive but pretty unappealing. It’s too easy to mindlessly munch away at a bucket of sickeningly sweet popcorn and leave the cinema feeling thoroughly disgusted with yourself. I always bring my own modestly portioned drinks and snacks such as washed grapes and a small bar of good quality chocolate from home and enjoy these so much more.
Other things I take include a torch, tissues and layered clothing so that I can wrap up or strip off dependent upon the temperature. I also enjoy wearing my cat ‘Admit One’ cinema brooch which I purchased from Etsy a few years ago.
You can download my cinema essentials checklist below and then create your own checklist based on your preferences.
If you have a weakness for old fashioned cinemas, as I do, you might enjoy a film called ‘The Smallest Show on Earth’. This delightful British comedy made in 1957 tells the story of a young couple who inherit a tiny, decaying cinema from an elderly relative. The cinema comes with some pretty eccentric employees including Mrs Fazackalee the pianist played by the delightful Margaret Rutherford and Percy Quill who serves front of house, played by Peter Sellers. It is quite the most magical film!