I’ve seen a few things at the PCC since I’ve been in London including a showing of The Princess Bride which wasn’t meant to be a quote along but which quickly turned into one (as you wish…..) and a three film Studio Ghibli selectrospective (over 5 hours of Ghibli). But I haven’t yet been to a singalong.
We turned up on Sunday and took our seats in the upstairs cinema. As people filed in I was surprised to find that the majority of attendees were Spice Boys, I definitely thought that the fangirls would be in the majority.
They ran two showings on the Friday night before and I understand that a few people did turn up in costume, sadly no such hijinks on Sunday night. After an introduction from Santa himself and a bit of audience participation (spice up your life), the film began.
After 16 years, it’s really funny and weird to see the film again, especially as all of the Spices have moved on and grown up now. It’s fabulously kitschy and camp and, as Santa said, it still makes no sense. It is hit packed though and one thing that I didn’t realise/appreciate when I was 11 was how star-packed the film is – it’s got more celebrities making a cameo appearances than the Harry Potter films!
It’s also packed with hits and all of the words and songs came flooding back to me. Less so for my boyfriend though, who was dragged along under sufferance and who was viewing the film for a first time and not as an ex-fan. I spent the whole film singing along at the top of my voice. In fact, my only complaint was probably that the volume was a little loud, I think that part of the fun with singalongs is getting to hear a little bit of the audience participation. Although on the other hand, I think it’s definitely a good thing when my singing is drowned out!
If you’re an ex-fan (or maybe even fancy seeing it for the very first time!), the PCC have announced their January event planner and they’re doing another showing on Friday 10 January at 9pm!
Although ticket prices are really reasonable at the PCC (special event tickets are generally more expensive but still really good value, especially when you consider the location), if you want discounted tickets to films at the PCC (at least £2.50 discount a time) then they offer memberships (annual at £10 or lifetime at £50), they’d be the perfect Christmas gift for a London-based film lover! Memberships are available for purchase via the website or at the Box Office.