Monday, 21 April 2008

The Exhibit

I was very fortunate to win a cinema for the night in Balham. I clicked on the button on The Exhibit's website and some how managed to bag myself a night at a very swanky cinema on Cowie's doorstep.

We walk past The Exhibit most weekends when we inevitably pop into Sainsbury's 5 times because we keep forgetting things, or Cowie runs out of grapes! It's a very smart, imposing building with a magnetic quality that makes you want to investigate. That's what got us hooked. I've never really wanted to watch the films they screen. But the beauty about having a cinema all to yourself is that you get to choose the film.

At first this really exciting. Then it becomes scary. Finding a film that 24 people are all going to like and not have seen is almost impossible. So do you opt for an old classic that everyone has seen and can recite all the lines like Top Gun, Gladiator etc. Or do you go for a newish release that most won't have seen and will look great on the big screen?

We went for the latter and watch American Gangster. It was one of the toughest choices I've ever made. Made tougher by the sheer idiocy of Blockbuster. Despite having a live membership in Nottingham they wouldn't let me hire a video in Balham. They could try but I'd have had to have known the post code for the Blockbuster on Lenton Boulevard... unlikely. So sir. Do you have proof of your address such as a utility bill? Of course not! Do you? Madness. Somehow I managed to emerge 15 minutes later clutching a copy of the DVD but my temper was rubbed raw. No wonder Love Film is doing so well.

The Exhibit has got a great bar with very friendly bar staff. The crowd is very cool without being pretentious. And it is supposed to be great in summer when they open out their terrace.

Unfortunately we were too late on a Sunday night for food so we just had olives and nuts whilst watching our film and sipping our beers. Bliss on a Sunday evening. It would make a great place for a party as there are quite a few bars in the building. As we left we stumbled into a stand up comedy night and somehow managed to emerge un-teased which was the only disappointment to the evening!

We're all delighted to have discovered such a cool haunt and are super keen to return.


aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Was served the most appalling rubber omelette and limp salad here a couple of years ago. Never been back. Will be interested to see what you think of the food when you return.

Anonymous said...

A few years have past so it must be time to visit the Exhibit again! Fantastic new chef, gorgeous new menu & not a rubber omelette in sight! With the addition of a cosy little cocktail lounge on the first floor accompanied by a great drinks list i would recommend a visit soon

Lisa Yearwood said...

Hello aforkfulofspaghetti,

I am sorry you were served a rubber omelette a few years ago. A lot of changes have taken place since then including all new management and kitchen team. The head chef Ivo can personally guarantee a beautiful omelette if you choose to return. We have just launched a new website which has all our menus and direct contact to myself and my team for any feedback. Let me know if you are coming in for a meal and I will arrange some complimentary drinks.

Lisa Yearwood
General Manager


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