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A pop-up London cinema is set to screen classic Christmas movies

Fans of classic Christmas movies won’t want to miss this. From 23 November – 16 December, Time Out will be screening a fantastic selection of festive films at a charming pop-up cinema in London. A different seasonal classic will be screened each day, with live music and entertainment afterwards, making for a  truly unique and special night out in this incredible city.

London at Christmas. Image by Akin Can Senol / EyeEm/Getty Images

The venue is well-suited to festive fun, as Dave Calhoun, head of Film and Entertainment at Time Out explains. “Time Out Live is working with a great space called Lost Rivers Elephant near Elephant & Castle tube station in South London. It’s a brilliant, fun pop-up venue built of shipping containers, with a permanent circus-style roof that can be used for gigs, parties, screenings, anything. It has a great bar area too. Time Out is turning it into the most festive cinema you can imagine for 18 nights. Walk into this unique Christmas movie wonderland and you’ll find some eye-catching decorations we’ve specially designed, and every screening will be followed by cabaret-style music or theatre performances so that our guests can all stay around and enjoy the space with friends for the evening after the movie.”

Christmas tree in front of Tower Bridge. Image by Stuart Gleave/Getty Images

The team selected movies from across all eras and genres – though of course, all are centred around the festive season. “We’ve picked a cracking list of Christmas favourites to screen”, says Dave, “and hopefully there’s a film to suit all tastes. We’re showing heart-warming seasonal classics like Miracle on 34th Street (both versions!), festive comedies like Jingle All The Way and Bad Santa, much-loved reinventions of Christmas stories like The Muppet Christmas Carol and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – and of course Die Hard, the ultimate Christmas-set action movie! Nothing says ho ho ho quite like Bruce Willis in a vest.”

While you’re there, Dave suggests you wrap up warm and take in all the capital has to offer. “London is an amazing, surprising, endlessly exciting destination any time of the year, but Christmas in the city is truly something special”, he says. “There’s the lights, the beautifully decorated public spaces and buzzing shops, the warming pubs and bracing open spaces.” Find out more about the city, then book your ticket for a festive film screening here.