When the setting is as charming as that of Islington’s Screen on the Green, cinema-going shouldn’t be restricted to rainy days. Located on Upper Street, amid independent shops and neighbourhood restaurants, this purpose-built single-screen mainstay has been showing films since 1913. In 2008 it was bought by the Everyman cinema chain and now, as well as showing a mix of new releases and old classics, it hosts talks, regular Q&A sessions and National Theatre Live.
Of course, it’s a little more expensive than going to a multiplex. But the experience is worth it. The red-and-yellow neon façade is the first thing you see, coaxing you in. Inside, the original barrel-vaulted ceiling remains – as does the red velvet curtain, which is pulled aside to reveal the screen above the stage. It’s as comfortable as it is charming: choose between standard and premier seats (the latter plush two-seater sofas complete with cushions with footrests). But before you settle in, head to the bar at the back. Another reason we like this cinema: we can watch with a gin and tonic in hand.
Everyman Screen on the Green, 83 Upper Street, London, N1 0NP.
Photo: Everyman Cinema.