Coming To America (1988)
Sharp, funny, with a sprinkle of royal romance, ‘Coming To America (1988)’ is pure comedy gold. In what many describe as Eddie Murphy’s funniest performance, the film follows Prince Akeem on his journey from his African homeland across the world to a snow filled New York in search of his Queen. Supported by his royal servant (Arsenio Hall), Prince Akeem is determined to find his soulmate so he takes on the undercover life of a New Yorker to hilarious effect.
On December 14th, Block Party Cinema celebrated 30 years of this classic with a pop up screening at the brand new Streatham Space Project. Presented by ‘Slim’ the comedian, just like the film the evening was full of belly laughs, Afrobeats, classic 80’s tunes, Chrimbo cocktails, and of course plenty of festive vibes.
In classic Block Party style, we kicked back in one of our giant bean bags while enjoying the film in this awesome, new theatrical venue. Afrocentric festive fun at its finest!
On August 18th we brought you a fun evening of soulful tunes, breathtaking views and the musical film of a generation...
We hosted a special summer pop up cinema screening of Dreamgirls (2006) under the stars at Alexandra Palace, one of London's most iconic sites. As part of Ally Pally's 'Great Fete', Our DJ's got you in the mood to singalong with Beyoncé and Jennifer Hudson with a warm up silent disco dedicated to all your favourite soul diva's.
Once everyone was all danced out, we sat back, relaxed and enjoyed our outdoor cinema screening of Dreamgirls, overlooking the spectacular London skyline...
The Best Man Holiday (2013)
On December 23rd (xmas eve, eve) we transported our guests into a winter wonderland and screened the
emotion-packed, Christmas classic; The Best Man Holiday (2013).
Fifteen years on from the original, this festive sequel took us on an emotional rollercoaster as a group of friends reunite for a memorable Christmas holiday. Filled with an all star line up including Nia Long, Morris Chestnut and Taye Digs, The Best Man’s Holiday got our guests into the holiday spirit.
In classic BPC style we kept everyone cozy with our giant bean bags, and a special 90’s RnB DJ set that got everyone bouncing before the main event.
Get Out (2017)
Meeting your partner’s family for the first time is a pretty scary moment in most relationships. Sprinkle that with some tea, bingo and racial terror and you’ve got one bone chilling weekend…
On Halloween night we brought you the horror film of the year – Jordan Peele’s, Get Out (2017). Filled with satire and suspense, Get Out follows a young interracial couple who visit the mysterious estate of the woman's parents, with hair raising consequences.
Presented by the infectious Remel London, our Halloween pop up experience brought us to Black Swan Studios, an industrial warehouse space in the heart of Bermondsey. Despite the horror inspired setting, the evening was full of prizes and giveaways, smooth tunes and of course more popcorn than you can handle!
Movie night on Halloween had never been more fun!
City Of God (2002)
On July 23rd , Block Party Cinema brought the rhythm of Rio to Brick Lane with a pop up screening of the exhilarating City Of God (2002). In celebration of Fernando Meirelles' iconic classic, we invited audiences to experience an immersive day of Brazilian culture. We had everything from live samba bands and Forró dance classes, to Rio inspired street food and a Brazilian cocktail making master class! If that wasn't enough, everyone took a journey around the hidden secrets of Rio’s favela community with our onsite VR experience.
The main event was of course a fast paced, action packed classic. The film portrays life in the City Of God, a poverty stricken favela in the heart of Rio de Janeiro. In classic Block Party style, people kicked back and enjoyed one of the most pulsating movies of a generation on one of our comfy giant beanbags. The scene for this samba-fueled extravaganza was Truman Brewery’s Jujus’s Bar & Stage, in the middle of London’s Brick Lane.
White Men Can't Jump (1992)
Filled with action, love and comedy, Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes team up to form a memorable duo in what has become a cult classic for any 90s loving film fan. As always, Block Party Cinema brought the funk with a fun filled day full of music, street food, basketball games, giveaways and of course a great film! We brought the film to life with a basketball jersey fancy dress theme. There were also prizes up for grabs for best dressed, and everyone came looking slammin’!
The Block Party started at 5pm with DJs spinning the best in 90’s RnB & Hip Hop, followed by White Men Can’t Jump at 7pm. Post film, our resident Block Party DJ jumped back on the decks as the jam continued. Many enjoyed the film on a giant comfy bean bag and arrived early to #securethebag. If that’s not enough, the first 30 guests to shoot a hoop received a bag of popcorn on us! Popcorn popping fun at its finest.
Poetic Justice (1993)
On February 14th we returned to Juju’s Bar & Stage, a romantic cavernous warehouse space in the heart of Brick Lane, for a pop up screening of Poetic Justice (1993).
Directed by John Singleton, Poetic Justice is an era defining love story filled with passion and poetry. Drawing on the films inspirational Maya Angelou poetry, artists performed some of their most personal work, in a live spoken word exhibition before the film. DJ’s were also spinning the best in smooth RnB, Neo-Soul and Slow Jams before and after the screening.
This laid back evening was filled with popcorn popping fun for both lovers and friends!
Jazz Nights ('Mo Better Blues' & 'Chico & Rita')
We returned with a unique cinematic experience as BPC ‘Jazz Nights’ took you into a thrilling world filled with outstanding live jazz, memorable movies, and of course that jammin’, block party vibe. This time our pop up journey took us to East London, in one of The Old Truman Brewery’s best-kept secrets: Juju’s Bar & Stage, a beautiful cavernous warehouse space in the heart of Brick Lane. We set the tone for the evening with world-class entertainment from some of London’s best jazz musicians playing before each film, as well as DJ sets from BPC residents.
First we showed one of best movies of the 90’s, Mo Better Blues stars Denzel Washington & Wesley Snipes as part of a Harlem jazz band battling with personal conflicts in their strive for perfection in love and music. This tight, funny, and suspenseful flick is full of great music and unforgettable characters. Undoubtedly one of Spike Lee’s best! Before the film, we had a Mo Better Blues influenced set by the outstanding Mark Kavuma jazz band.
Our second showing was Chico & Rita. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams; Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Sexy, stunning and full of jazz, Chico & Rita takes us on a wonderful, nostalgic journey across Havana and New York jazz clubs through the decades. Before the film we had live music from the incredible Cuban Sambroso Noda band, plus Cuban themed cocktails!
After our hugely successful launch in April, we returned for more pop up fun with our summer screening at Pop Brixton!
We showed the critically acclaimed, audience favourite – Dope. A fast and funny, comedy flick by the director of The Wood and Brown Sugar. Set in Inglewood, California, Dope follows three high school geeks obsessed with 90’s Hip Hop culture as they navigate their way around the hood, avoiding gangster’s and bullies. This coming of age teen comedy had everything you could want in a feel-good summer movie!
Just like in Dope, we paid homage to 90’s culture with a fancy dress, throwback, block party before the screening. That’s right, in classic block party style we brought the film to life with a 90's #GeekVsGangster themed dress code and everyone enjoyed the summer fun!
Love Jones & House Party
Our premiere event took place at Pop Brixton, a pioneering new pop up space in the heart of Brixton. We celebrated two classic, throwback films alongside two jamming block parties.
First, we took you back to 90’s Chicago for Love Jones, a romantic comedy full of passion and poetry. We joined Nia Long and Larenz Tate aboard a topsy-turvy love rollercoaster in this artsy, cult classic. We had two spoken word artists perform before this showing.
Our second screening of the day featured the film we all wanted to be in - House Party. Full of new jack swing, ‘yo mama’ raps and awesome dance-offs. This fun loving classic had you bouncing in your beanbag!
After each screening, we got down on it with our fun block party, where DJ’s were spinning the best R&B, Hip Hop and Neo Soul jamz. Our launch was a huge success!