With the miserable weather keeping us indoors all day Saturday the kids were chomping at the bit for a bit of fun and the Bugsy Malone experience at the Troxy Cinema in Limehouse didn’t disappoint.
We were told on our tickets to dress up in our best 1950′s Prohibition era togs so we put a wet Saturday to use by scouring our local Charity shops for outfits to wear which was a bit of fun itself. The event was held at the brilliant Troxy Cinema in Limehouse by Future Cinema. I remember this as a deserted building when I used to live in the area many years ago so it was great to see this fabulous art deco style cinema opening its doors to the public again.
We had tickets for the matinee performance and arrived at 11.30 for the midday show. There were already queues around the block with everyone dressed up. There was a barbers shop where the kids could have their hair greased and given a pencil moustache, and as we queued there were Bugsy Malone characters about everywhere setting the scene for the show. We were approached to smuggle some splurge guns in and led around the front to enter through the Chinese Laundry and Sluggers boxing gym. Once inside the whole place had been decked out as Fat Sams Grand-Slam Speak Easy Club in full 1950’s Chicago style.
There was a milkshake bar for the kids and an adult bar as well, with food also available. Once sat at our table Fat Sam and a host of other characters would pop over to make sure you were enjoying yourself. Suddenly there is a lot of noise and some gunfire, the cops have come in and busted the gambling tables at the back of the hall, next we are invited to Sluggers Gym where the kids can have a boxing match and also get splurged if you’re not part of Dandy Dans team. There was a great 1950′s style show on the main stage with dancing girls, boxing the lot while characters constantly acted out scenes from the film. They set the scene so well that me and my wife were speaking to each other in a fake American accents within 10 minutes of arriving.
There was plenty of room for the kids to run about and the fact everyone was dressed up made it a really fun atmosphere, at about 2pm they showed the movie and even during this there were little scenes being played out around the cinema. Then as the film came to the final scene we were given plates of foam (and protective clothing if required) to act out the final scene of the film that is the big splurge fight. This was brilliant with foam and splurge guns firing everywhere.
A brilliant and very original day out. If you want to treat the family to a fun day out this is thoroughly recommended. The kids were still acting out the parts days later.
The event was organised by Future Cinema, you can check out other events they have coming up on there web site here.