Glasgow is a city that has had a long-running love affair with cinema. And with oodles of film-making talent, pop-up events, special screenings and even its own film festival (the latest of which launched today, by the way!), it’s easy to see why.
There are also several ways to catch your favourite movies in Glasgow – from the thrill of the blockbusters at the multiplex, to seeing cult classics in a more unique setting (the eagle-eyed among you might even remember the pop-up movies from Backseat Bingo that I enjoyed at The Old Hairdressers not too long ago). As a huge film fan, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to experience a trip to the movies!
So, you can imagine how excited I was to hear about Square Eyes Film Club – a new regular cinema event at Blythswood Square Hotel.
Square Eyes Film Club brings classic films to the luxurious setting of the five-star Blythswood Square Hotel in the city centre, and makes full use of the hotel’s exclusive (and often overlooked) bespoke screening room. With screenings planned right up to summertime, you can expect girl gang picks like Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing.
Last week, I went along to the launch night to see what Square Eyes (ahh, I love a good play on words!) has planned for its guests, with a special screening of Kristen Wiig’s 2011 comedy, Bridesmaids. Who could say no to that?
Spending time in Blythswood Square Hotel is always a wonderful experience. The team is so welcoming and I instantly feel relaxed in its beautiful, yet comfortable, surroundings. I started my evening by meeting up with Lori and Michelle in the hotel lobby and we were whisked upstairs to The Salon for nibbles, drinks and a pre-fllm catch up.
After being treated to an amazing spread, we chatted about our favourite movies and which ones we thought would look great on Blythswood’s big screen. With its decadent design and grand staircases, the hotel instantly reminds me of Film Noir and classic Hollywood stories. Couldn’t you just see Rita Hayworth sashaying down the staircase? I think a black-and-white double bill with vintage-inspired cocktails would be perfect for Square Eyes!
We headed down to the screening room, which seats up to 40 guests in its oversized colourful chairs. The seats alone are a feast for the eyes, with each one covered in a unique and striking tweed. Choosing the right seat at the cinema is hard enough when they all look the same, but when they are this pretty, it’s even more of a challenge…
Armed with popcorn and drinks, we settled down and watched the movie. I hadn’t seen Bridesmaids for a couple of years, and it really is an awesome film to watch with a group of girls. Dress fitting faux pas (just don’t blame the Brazilian food, okay?)! In-flight misbehaviour! Bear sandwiches (ooh-err!) and of course, the EPIC sing-along scene at the end. Square Eyes really did pick a gem to kick-start their programme of screenings.
In a typical Square Eyes package, you can expect a delicious afternoon tea, followed by tea, coffee or Prosecco in the Monte Carlo Suite before heading into the screening room for the movie (with popcorn of course!). At £38 per person, it’s a little more expensive than a trip to the mainstream cinema, but the thing to keep in mind is that Square Eyes aren’t competing with the big guns here. What they are offering is a day out filled with delicious treats, comfortable and stylish surroundings, attention to detail and classic films. To me, that’s a totally different experience, don’t you think?
Square Eyes Film Club is ideal for a special occasion, or if you were looking to treat yourself (or someone else!) to something a little different. As part of their line-up for March, Square Eyes will be putting on two special screenings for Mother’s Day – Bridget Jones’ Diary and First Wives Club. One that I’ll be keeping a note of in my diary is Breakfast At Tiffany’s – being shown on 27th March. You can catch the full list of upcoming films and details of how to book here!
I’ll still be using my Cineworld Unlimited card to keep up-to-date with the latest releases and 3D film experiences, but I’m equally glad that Square Eyes are here, bringing their own brand of cinematic chic to the table.
Will you be getting all square-eyed at Blythswood Square Hotel? And what is your all-time favourite choice for the big screen?
Love, popcorn and Hollywood glamour,
With thanks to Square Eyes Film Club at Blythswood Square Hotel