The Riverside Studio's main attraction for me is its 'double-bill' cinema programmes. Back in the distant past, when people went on holiday to Margate, ate out at sit-down Wimpys and bought clothes from doorstop catalogues - cinemas mostly offered double-bills.
Not one film, no - two for the same admission price. One pairing that sticks in my mind, was "Chariots of Fire" with "Gregory's Girl". Like most, I was expecting Chariots to be the main event, but in truth, Gregory's Girl knocked it out of the park. Which neatly highlights why they're such a force to be reckoned with. I'd probably never have seen it at the time, had it not been part of a double feature. I also saw 'The Empire Strikes Back" as a double bill - they preceded it with "Star Wars" and queues snaked around the block.
Yep. I miss the double-bill programme, so it's heartening to know that the Riverside Studios is keeping the flag flying, all by themselves. They still soldier on, fashionable or not and bless them for it.]]>
Try to get past the aesthetic barrier though. The Barbican Centre is one of the finest arts complexes in Europe and has consistently established interesting, challenging and innovative programmes over the decades. One which sticks in my mind, was the Colourspace exhibition in 1987, where everyone wore capes and pranced around inside a huge inflatable. Fun and very memorable.]]>