This is from this weeks Sunday Times – artist Banksy did not only create the cover art, but the magazine also published a 6 page interview with him – High Sobriety via Notcot.
“Readers of the The Sunday Times in the UK were greeted with a six-page spread on Banksy including a question and answer session with the stealthy street artist. The interview ended up being quite insightful despite the fact that he talks in his usual tongue-in-cheek manner about museums, CCTV, his reasons for anonymity, his hypocrisy, his family, his art background, his collection, and sure to disappoint fans everywhere, he says – “I won’t be doing any more big gallery shows for a while, it’s all a bit dodgy. I’ve come into contact with a lot more villains since I moved from vandalism into selling paintings. The art world is full of shady people peddling bright colours.” It’s perhaps this distrust of the art world that led to the way his film “Exit Through the Gift Shop” turned out and also to the creation Pest Control, an entity that still refuses to authenticate his artwork that is taken off the streets by speculators.”
Half of me thinks what a cool cinema – the other half says it’s just arse. Can’t decide enough to pass comment! Decide for yourselves here. That said the interior is really fucking cool.
(UPDATE) Click here for images of the interior – Time Out ROCK!
This is what The Guardian had to say:
Dubbed The Lambeth Palace by its creator, Banksy describes the venue as “London’s newest, darkest and dirtiest purpose-built cinema”, although he does add the caveat that Cineworld Edmonton is not included.
“The Lambeth Palace is a makeshift 150-seat auditorium in a tunnel under Waterloo train station with popcorn stall, lounge bar and stunning temporary toilet facilities,” boasts the blurb.
Showings, which predictably almost immediately sold out, are 6pm and 9.30pm daily until 4 March.
The cinema certainly looks and sounds grim, and those attending previews yesterday seemed to confirm the hype. “Not even the fleapits of the 1970s showing Mary Millington double bills were quite as dank and chilly as this,” writes Geoffrey MacNab in the Independent.
People with tickets – of which there must be very few – are warned that “random bag searches [are] in operation, all spray paint, video cameras and laser pens must be checked in at the box office”.
On the plus side, it would seem bringing your own fizzy drink and crisps is, for once, allowed.
Oooooooo can’t wait to go to this Secret Cinema on Friday:
The boss wants you to meet under the bridge, Caroline Street, E1, on the east side. When you see Joey the violinist wait there and some of the boys will come meet you.
Now you got to act real normal and pretend like nothing happened. We don’t want the fuzz knowing nothing about this shindig otherwise we may get rumbled.
Dress: Late twenties. Ritzy and real swanky.
Hoodlums, wear your best suits and ties and whatever you do don’t be forgetting your hats.
Molls, the boss wants you to wear your best glad rags. Oh and one more thing…You got to bring a flower to give to the boss. Now this is real important. We gotta keep the boss happy.
Some of you may decide to talk. We got Bernie the weasel and his boys keeping an eye on you so don’t be saying nuthin to no-one.
(This gangsta teddy bear clearly has nothing to do with Secret Cinema but was just the most tacky toy I have seen in years, and kind of fitted the meeting instructions)
If you are going to do something do it well – this stunt being a near perfect execution of a scratch and sniff cinema from the Jelly Mongers AKA Bompas & Par.
The UK’s first Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Cinema showing Peter Greenaway’s classic, The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover opened for Valentine’s Day this year. Bompas & Parr created aromas including ‘rotting meat’ and ‘dusty books’ that captured the scent of key moments of Greenaway’s film. These aromas were micro-encapsulated and printed onto special scratch ‘n’ sniff cards for everyone in the audience.