As much as I love independent small films - I would love there to be a normal cinema showing the latest popular releases.
We have the NFT on the Southbank which does independent films better than anyone else and the Roxy on Borough High Street occasionally showing a lesser known production. I don't think there is anything in walking distance where we can see a popular film around here but then again I could just get in the car/tube to Surrey Quays or West End
RE: Shortwave Cinema. There does seem to have been quite a lot of work going on in the last couple of weeks. They have constructed the bar area, and are applying for an alcohol licence so things seem to be happening... but still no news on when it might be opening. Does anyone have any more information?
I think this could be a great addition to the local area, one of the few positives out of the Bermondsey Square development.
All I know is that a lot of work is still going on there and that a lot of posters have gone up recently advertising an opening night at their restaurant/bar "Alfie's" in April, I think it's April 14th.
I was wandering by the Shortwave cinema the weekend before last and Rob whistled me in for a peek.
I was very impressed. They had some red plush bucket seats from the old Electric cinema going in (good omen!) and the bar area is smartly designed and crisply finished, with the cool addition of some moodily suspended red globe lights over the bar itself.
The cinema area behind the bar has only a few rows (some 45 seats in all), with a modest rake and cunningly offset seating to improve sight of the screen.
This is going to be a fantastic addition to the area.
I was previously worried that the small-scale format might be uneconomic in a recession, but now I am concerned that it may become so busy as a party-venue that the everyday delights of an art-house cinema may be eclipsed by the space's appeal.
Take a look next time you're passing and see what you think.
No info on the Hotel, but the antispectic wasteland of Bermondsey Square seems to be about to spring into life. I can only hope that the Antiques Market can thrive and that plans to use the newly-developed market space for Fashion on Saturday and possibly Food on Sunday are also runners in the long term.