On the 25th of October my friends and I decided to go on an adventure to The Bioscope in Braamfontein. (Downtown Johannesburg) Once a month or so The Bioscope hosts a classic movie sunday where they show classic 90’s films in their unique cinema. On this particular sunday, the movie showing was “Can hardly wait” (1998)
The bioscope is a independent cinema which is situated is in the middle of Fox street right next to a cute little cafe, Chalkboard. The old building that has been redone hosts South African film festivals and is dedicated to creating a different cinema experience with South African flair. Imagine instead of Cinema seats there are old car seats and instead of popcorn and slush there is pizza and beer. The cinema is rather small seating about 60 people however, this allows for a intimate atmosphere that is comfortable and homely.
I would however not recommend following the GPS and rather taking back roads as we got a bit lost with all the snaky slip ways on the way to the Cinema. Parking there can become a bit of a mission if you don’t arrive early enough, so be prepared for a bit of walking. Due to our entertaining drive there, we arrived just in time for the movie and could not order a pizza. However, other audience members clearly knew the rules of the roost and where seated with beer and pizza in hand by the time we walked in. The pizza smelt absolutely delicious and I will defiantly be trying one next time we visit.
The movie itself was very enjoyable and while we had all seen the movie before, it was great fun watching it again on the big screen. My friends and I really enjoyed our experience at the Bioscope and it is so refreshing to visit a place that is trying to rewrite the rules of a fun night out. I believe that there is a gap in the market for people who are not into the partying scene and The Bioscope is recognizing that. We need more culturally based places in Johannesburg and I hope that The Bioscope will be the first of many.
The Bioscope hosts many events throughout the year. There are local film festivals, outdoor cinema experiences, themed Film evenings and their classic movie Sunday’s. The best way to stay informed is to like their page on Facebook. Just search for “The Bioscope independent cinema” and it will pop up right away. Alternatively, you can go to their website http://www.thebioscope.co.za and join their mailing list. I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves movies and cinema.