TfL to host pop-up cinema in celebration of night tube

Transport for London (TfL) will launch a pop-up cinema at a disused underground station at Charing Cross to mark the launch of the night tube.

TfL will launch Underground Film Club at the end of May (image:
TfL will launch Underground Film Club at the end of May (image:

Underground Film Club has been recruited to transform the station, which has been shut since 1999, into a real life cinema complete with popcorn stands, hotdogs and directors’ chairs for three days from May 29-31. 

The pop-up cinema will screen a series of classic films including Strangers on a Train, American Werewolf in London and Blade Runner.

The activation is designed to highlight the boost that the night tube will give to the city’s cinema industry, making it easier for Londoners to get home after a film and other night-time activities, as well as the role of the underground. 

Just over 100 seats are available for each screening, meanwhile special prize tickets will be made available through TfL’s Facebook page as well as several newspapers over the coming weeks.

Gareth Powell, director of strategy and service development, London Underground said: "The introduction of the night tube, which will cut journey times and open up new possibilities across the night time economy, is a historic step in our modernisation of the underground and a real 'first' for the underground that will boost jobs and benefit the economy by hundreds of millions of pounds.

"These screenings will engage London’s many film-lovers in the possibilities that the night tube will bring and highlight the role that the underground plays in supporting the city’s cinema industry."

Gerry Cottle Jnr from Underground Film Club added: "We are very excited about London's first 24-hour tube – a service that will be hugely beneficial to the film industry.

"The Charing Cross disused underground station has been the location for some of the most famous film scenes of the past 20 years – so what better way to celebrate night tube coming than to enjoy a weekend of cinema in this iconic setting."

The screenings are supported by the British Film Institute, and they form part of a wider series, coined ‘Firsts for the Tube.’

The initiative encompasses a number of unique events, all of which are set to take place in the lead up to the launch of the all-night weekend services on the underground on 12 September. Earlier this year, TfL curated a photography exhibiton at Westminster Undeground Station to mark six months until the launch of the night time services. 

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