So, I did something very cool on Tuesday night...
|trying to take a photo without drawing attention to myself...|
Sloans in Glasgow turn their ballroom into a cinema every Tuesday night, where you can enjoy a nice meal before the lights go down and the film starts. Food and film (and time with my bestie) are right up there with some of my favourite things in life, so this is right up my street.
My parents actually had their wedding reception in Sloans back in the 70's, but I had never been inside. I was really taken aback by the place, with it's lovely wooden panelling and beautiful ballroom. I'm actually a little sad I hadn't known how nice it was, because they host weddings and it would have been special to have my own wedding in the place were my parents had celebrated theirs. But I've gone off in a tangent! Yeah, Sloans is a nice wee find right in the heart of the city.
This week they were showing Labyrinth, and as this film has a bit of history with us we knew we had to go see it! I had never watched the film until recently, despite my bestie nagging me for years and years and years to watch it. She eventually forced my hand by buying me a copy for my birthday...and I loved it! I hadn't known that Brian Froud (an artist who I first became obsessed with as a teenager when I found his Faerie book in a charity shop) had worked on the film, and it is really the visuals that sold the film to me. That and the
cheesiest greatest 80's movie song ever!
I wasn't sure what to expect from the set-up, as I was fairly certain they didn't have a actual cinema. The ballroom is laid out with tables as you'd expect in a restaurant, but they're laid out so that everyone is facing the screen and (at least from where we were sitting) so no one in front of you is blocking your view!
There are only three options on the menu (plus desserts, though we didn't have one of those), which put my efforts of trying to be good right out of the window. I went for the chilli as I thought it would be the healthiest, but it came with a pile of nachos and was covered in cheese so I was fighting a losing battle! It was delicious though, as you can see by the fact I'd nearly eaten the whole thing before I thought to snap a photo! Bestie had the hot dog, and although that's something I wouldn't usually go for unless I was in Ikea it was probably the best quality hot dog I think I've ever tasted.
|yes, I did pick off all the chillies off my chilli...|
There were a few technical hitches during the film, but they were brief and as I'm assuming pretty much everyone in that room was a fan of the film and had probably seen it many times before I don't think it spoiled anyone's enjoyment. There was a really good atmosphere and we all kind of laughed it off. It was also fascinating to be in a room of adults who all giggled like children whenever there was a full-length or close-up shot of Bowie's incredibly tight trousers!
I had a really good night, and for the very reasonable price I don't think I could find a better way to spend an evening. Ok, so sitting in a restaurant chair isn't as comfy as lounging on the sofa at home, and you do get the odd head in the way or noise of a drink being poured at the bar, but on the whole I think it's a great event. I'll definitely be doing this one again if the right film comes up. You can check out the EatFilm listing on Sloans' website.
Disclaimer :: this is not a sponsored review and I didn't receive anything for writing about it. I just like to share fun things to do in Glasgow!