The Prince Charles Cinema in London really does do it all, managing to somehow be a refuge for 35mm reel heads, Sound of Music singalong junkies, cult film aficionados, and they even show new releases too. With two screens (used to be just the one) in full swing, the programme is as packed as ever, to the point where a comprehensive list of all the seasons and events is impossible even for this kind of website.
The PCC is as much as place to be part of a one-off 'thing' with a crowd as it is to watch films. The programme is always event and season-heavy, with part of the fun being seeing each month what kind of theme or extra is going to tie the films in each season together. This month for example both the Bad-Ass Blockbuster and Beer and Beat 'Em Up season promise you a free beer with every screening. Apart from the regular Sing-Along screenings (perennial favourite Rocky Horror Show) and the like, some 'very' special screenings also interactive in a unique way - PCC screenings of the car-crash cinema classic known as The Room come complete with complimentary spoons to lob at the screen.
Special guests like directors and cast members often swing by for new releases, re-releases and rediscovered gems.
- Street Fighter with the Super Scratch Brothers. The PCC lives for this, an entire screening event on 31 July devoted to celebrating a film of legendary rubbishness, with guest hosts to add a new spin to things.
- Detention preview with Q&A with director Joseph Khan. An apocalyptic fantasy, horror, science fiction, action- thriller, body swapping, time-traveling teen romantic comedy, Detention follows the local students of Grizzly Lake as they survive their final year of high school. A slasher killer has chosen their high school as his new home of slaughter. Of course!
- Mike Myer's directorial debut Supermensch screens on 17th July (with Waynes World right after).This I've already seen, and can vouch for it being a funny and genuinely insightful look at the life of music and film producer Shep Gordon. Ever wanted to know who put Alice Cooper and a chicken on stage together back when?
- Studio Ghibli Sundays - tying in nicely with the recently released Hayao Miyazaki swan song, The Wind Rises (reviewed here), the PCC plays their greatest backlist hits on Sundays.
- Beer and Beat 'em up Season- including a chance to see Jackie Chan's classic Drunken Master on Sunday 20th. With a beer!
- Quote-alongs for The Goonies, Mean Girls and The Big Lebowski- I have to confess I don't know what this concept is exactly...but I can guess. A perfect example of how the PCC is all about getting involved, not just sitting back and watching (though that's not an invitation to talk/text during regular screenings, that is totally frowned upon and rightly so).