Brighton’s Big Screen has got to be one of the best ideas in the world. Where better to watch a movie than sitting on the beach with a nice glass of wine in hand, with the sun setting over the horizon. Watching a movie on the beach has got to be one of my summer highlights, so I always make sure I catch a few movies when the Big Screen is town (you might remember last year the Brighton Bloggers went as part of the Brighton On the Beach weekend!) the experience never disappoints.
So, this year I headed down to watch The Kingsman with a friend. We had been a little worried as the weather had been grey and raining all day (good old British summertime) and I had honestly convinced myself that the movie would have been cancelled, but just in time for the movie, the rain cleared and the sunset began to peek in to view as the clouds started to shift. As it turned out, a spot of rain really doesn’t matter, the show must go on as they say! Plus, my top tip is to get the VIP tickets (for only £5 more) then you’ll be under cover anyway.
So, the set up of the Big Screen area is slightly different this year, its smaller and more intimate than previously (mainly as this year has no major sporting events on), the big screen has also moved, its now facing the pier, so you can enjoy the iconic pier view as you sit back and watch the movie. Around the edge are a good selection of food and drink stalls, with food from one of my ultimate favourite Brighton restaurants, Chilli Pickle, and drinks from I heart wines and Brewdog (plus a few others). I think this year they’ve got the set up just spot on as its a really lovely intimate venue, perfect for a great summer evening out.
We were incredibly spoilt on the evening, apart from watching a fab movie from the VIP area (Kingsman is HILARIOUS if you haven’t seen it, we enjoyed it a lot) we were also got experience a ‘Beach Thali’ from Chilli Pickle, a selection box with a delicious Tamil Vegetable curry with Rice, Indian Snacks like poppadoms and samomas, little pots of Dal, Salad, Riatta, Pickles and Chutney plus a gorgeous creamy coconut pudding. If all of that wasn’t enough, this was all washed down with a glass of white wine from i heart wine and I haven’t even mentioned the popcorn we ate during the movie either. It really isn’t your average cinema visit!
Apart from the weather being a little chillier than we’d hoped we had such a lovely time! The venue is spacious with room to lay on the pebbles on a picnic blanket, sit in the comfy undercover VIP tent, or in one of the bars around the edge. I’m definitely going to make sure to catch another couple of movies while the screen is still in town!
Check out the Brighton Big Screen website for film listings, they have some classics as well as newer releases (plus a Frozen Sing-a-long!!) Prices start from £3, but I highly recommend the Movie and Thali experience at £30 per person for the ultimate big Screen experience!
A big thank you to the Brighton Big Screen, Chilli Pickle and I heart wines for the lovely evening and for your amazing hospitality. See you again soon!