Last week, I celebrated Valentine’s in the only way I found fitting – with a screening of Baz Lurhmann’s, exquisite ‘Romeo + Juliet’ (2002). The contemporary take on Shakespeare never fails to give me all the sentimental feels. Leo as Romeo, floppy-haired, handsome and dressed in garish prints – it’s all 90's renaissance and Radiohead, and frankly, that really does it for me!
‘Romeo + Juliet’ (2002) Directed by Baz Lurhmann
Now, not only was this screening of ‘Romeo + Juliet’ the first time I’d caught the movie on the big screen, but it also happened to be my first time at a ‘The Village Screen’ pop-up cinema event and my first (I have no idea, how it has taken me thins long?!) visit to Manchester’s beautiful, Victoria Baths. Victoria Baths is a Grade II listed building, based on the outskirts of central Manchester. The building is really, quite striking with stained glass windows, mosaic floors and terracotta accents, which date back to its original opening in 1906. For the last 12 years Victoria Baths has been undergoing restoration but has since been regarded as ‘at risk’ of neglect or derelict on the English Heritage’s ‘At Risk Register’.
Victoria Baths, Manchester.
Thankfully, the unique setting of Victoria Baths has been recognised by some local creatives, artists and organisation’s as a suitable setting for activities and events, which run throughout the year (you can see their eclectic programme here) and people are now using the space in a way that gives it a new lease of life!
The ‘Village Screen’ is a pop-up cinema which operates alongside ‘The Village Green Events Company’. The Village Screen hosts cinema screenings in Sheffield, Manchester and within the Peak District, with throwback screenings to honour classic films in some cool locations. With a host of ‘Romeo + Juliet’ themed props, costume opportunities & (bloody fantastic) street food, this fab collaboration between The Village Screen & Victoria Baths, was something that made the whole night, that little bit more magical!
Taking advantage of Juliet/Claire Danes style costume opportunities, provided by The Village Screen pop-up cinema.
Find out more about how you can support Victoria Baths here...and for future cinema screenings and events from The Village Screen, check out their site .