20th Century Flicks is a Bristol institution. A traditional video rental shop, it is still open and thriving after more than 30 years of business and has recently moved from Clifton to the quaintly-named Christmas Steps near the centre of Bristol.
The move has given it a more prominent location, a bigger floor space and – most excitingly – room for the Flicks Kino, a cinema for private viewings with a reasonable price tag, the choice of over 18,000 films and a BYO food and drink policy. We couldn't resist.
Yesterday we hired it out (£25 for couples/£50 for groups) for a private viewing of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, something as both a journo and adventurer I have really wanted to see since it came out. Watch the trailer below – it's a brilliantly imagined story of the demise of a print magazine set in some fantastic locations around the world.
We had complete control over the starts, stops and volume of our chosen flick and enjoyed cheese, cold meats, crusty bread and a bit of bubbly with it. The kino is decked out in a nostalgic plush red complete with an elegant chaise lounge and statuette. It's nestled within a decor dominated by exposed brick and inviting towers of DVDs.
A great alternative to Netflix alone in your flat, huh? A gem of a place, I would highly recommend a visit.
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