Banksy's Grungy-Great Pop-Up Theater

Leave it to Banksy to have the UK premiere of his film at a makeshift 150-seat cinema built under Waterloo train station. Lambeth Palace, as Banksy calls it, is an improvised film theater on Leake Street that will be holding special previews of Exit Through the Gift Shop until March 4th (in advance of the film's nationwide release on March 5th). The dungeon-like auditorium is described as London's "darkest and dirtiest cinema." I'm sure it'll be quite the experience with a popcorn stall, lounge bar, and street art adorning the walls.

The Independent writes "The foyer boasts a few of Banksy's latest artworks. Against one brick wall, effigies of the Queen and Prince Philip are seen unveiling a big white anarchist sign. On another is a big Hollywood-style sign for production company, Paranoid Pictures. In a corner is a fake bonfire, burning a selection of 18th- and 19th-century paintings, portraits of Napoleon and Queen Victoria among them. There is an ice-cream van from which a youngish man with a goatee beard serves popcorn and soda."

Coolest part? Guests of the premiere were presented with tins of spray paint as their parting gift. (400ml cans of Ironlak, the aerosol paint of choice for budding street artists.)

Why this hoopla? Banksy has organized the screenings so "normal people" can see the film "before the celebrities get stains all over the furniture".

I wish I was in London!

Ticket info here.
Photography by Rob Greig, Via Limited Hype

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Comment by alice on March 3, 2010 at 8:07am
@Kim Spindler That's so awesome that you went to this theater! I'm sure it was quite the experience. :)
Comment by Kim Spindler on March 3, 2010 at 4:40am
I went! I went! It was lots of fun, to be honest I didn't really watch the film as was just enjoying sitting in this unique cinema! Amazing!
Comment by sAm on February 26, 2010 at 10:20am
ohh, people get their own spray paint as a parting gift? WATCH OUT!
Comment by stephanie on February 25, 2010 at 10:20pm
I'd go but not very comfy on my own
Comment by Derning on February 25, 2010 at 8:55pm
HAHA. I love the sign that says "No food or drink illustrations allowed beyond this point."
Comment by Kevin on February 25, 2010 at 2:33pm
I wonder what they charged for popcorn and soda?
Comment by Natalie Howard on February 25, 2010 at 1:29pm
this is awesome! I want to go here too
Comment by Aubree on February 25, 2010 at 1:17pm
Banksy remains the coolest person ever. I want to go to this theatre.

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