There is a problem with cinemas. Gone is the glamor and magic of going to the cinema with friends, sitting down in the cavernous hall and waiting with for the magic of the silver screen to begin. Instead we huddle on the couch watching illegally downloaded movies on our laptops or go to huge soulless multiplexes, going to watch the newest Hollywood "blockbuster" in 3D, not because it is what we want to watch, but because is loud and colorful and is supposed to keep our presumably tiny brains occupied. The sad part is that it seems to work.
Still there is hope in this wasteland of good entertainment and one of the places where this hope is born is Prince Charles Cinema. One of the last independent cinemas in London, Prince Charles Cinema has survived not only the death of the ordinary cinema and the birth of the multiplex, but also the lowering of the standards of recent cinema.
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The way this is done is by showing not the lattest blockbuster, but old classics, popular trilogies of the past and obscure cult classics. One would suspect that there couldn't be much of an audience for these kind movies, but Prince Charles Cinema has proven such critics clearly wrong again and again.
The main revenue of the cinema comes from late night projection of beloved classics and cult movies for a really low price. The prices can go even lower by buying an annual membership for the cinema.
The hall itself is kept clean and the comfortable seats and good sound system allow for the viewer to be fully immersed in the movie.
The Screening program contains anything from "Woody Allen - A Documentary" during the day to the original "Die Hard" trilogy in the evening(yes trilogy, the forth movie was clearly just a bad dream born from our collected subconsciousness). There are also sing along showings(like "The Sound of Music" and "Rocky Horror Picture Show"), double bills (showing two movies back to back) and special events such as "Beer, Pizza, Explosions!" ( a monthly program of showing old action classics as "Rambo", "Commando" and "Predator" - all for the price of a single ticket) and "Big Lebowski Quote Along" (screening of the "Big Lebowski" prerequisite with drinking White Russians, bowling competition and costume contest).
Visiting Prince Charles Cinema is much more than just entering a modern cinema, a dark room with uncomfortable seats, sticky floors and moldy smell, it is a peace of escapism, wrapped in nostalgia and if you allow it such a place can really show you the meaning of the phrase "the magic of the silver screen".