Thursday 16 October 2008 10.40pm
I was passing by on Tuesday and Rob took me and my shopping in for a walk-around. The plan is to be fully open early in the New Year, but to have a series of small introductory events just before Christmas
The cinema itself will be cosy and compact, with raked seating for 40-50 people rising to the wall with Long Lane
The pipes and ducting which protrude below the floor above will end up lowering the ceiling a few feet, dictating that the size of the screen will be 10 feet x 8 feet, which seems just about right for the intimate surroundings.
On the Bermondsey Square
side of the site, there will be a bar/lounge/eating area. This has the potential to be a cool venue, depending on how it is finished.
As an avid small-theatre fan, I think that the space is really exciting. I just hope that the arthouse cinema/speakeasy format will trump the chill winds of the recession.
With strong local support, I am sure that it will succeed.