Open-air cinema reaches new heights

The Rooftop Film Club, recently launched at the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, is the perfect way to enjoy classic movies in the open air — upcoming screenings include everything from Wayne's World to The Shawshank Redemption — though you'll have to do your best not to be distracted by the impressive London skyline that'll be competing for your attention (and the occasional grunts from the five-a-side pitches nearby).

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On Wednesday, Esquire attended the press launch where the film being screened was Rob Reiner's 1986 classic Stand By Me which reminded us of what a good actor River Phoenix was (and of the existence of the phrase "Hershey squirts". Heh heh). You get to sit on director's chairs to watch the film while the soundtrack is transmitted to wireless headphones to avoid noise pollution, and organisers also offered freshly popped popcorn, cocktails from sponsor Disaronno, and lots of blankets — which was lucky, as it's only just June (but that's the kind of suffering we're willing to put up with in the name of pioneering reportage). The nights sell out quickly, so be sure to check the website regularly for when the next batch of tickets is released.

Rooftop Film Club, Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London EC2 www.rooftopfilmclub.com

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