book now: free 80s cult movie screenings

Whether you remember the 1980s first time round or not, it’s a period that has a special place in a lot of people’s hearts. From the classic (and the corny) tunes that get us dancing and singing along every time and the truly terrible hairstyles to John Hughes’ iconic films (we still want to be Andie in Pretty in Pink), it’s a decade that it’s hard to feel neutral about.

And you don’t have to, either! The lovely folks behind weekly 80s party ‘It is still 1985’ are celebrating their tenth (how did that happen?!) anniversary this year and, to mark the occasion, have teamed up with pop-up cinema project White Wall Cinema to put on a series of cult 80s movie screenings in the city. For free!

We can expect forgotten gems rather than obvious choices (so no watching Back to the Future for the 100th time). White Wall Cinema say the films they choose will be ones that provided the key inspirations for the creation of the club night. And, while those films could be any genre, the one thing they’ll all have in common is 80s-ness in spades.

White Wall Cinema and It is still 1985 release a daily clue on their Instagrams in the week running up to the film, but let us tell you, they really don’t want to give much away, the clues are on the fiendish side of obscure. For us, at least!

The very first screening was Manhunter from 1986 and it was held at brilliant vintage store Beyond Retro. Sadly, all the tickets had flown out the door before we had the chance to even shout ‘Bueller!’ at you all, but we’re telling you about the next one now – it’s on 19th April, so get in there quickly! You can also sign up for White Wall Cinema’s free membership to make sure you’re always first in line for applying for tickets.


Friday 19th April; doors 7.45pm with film at 8.00pm; free
Beyond Retro Brighton, 42 Vine St, Brighton BN1 4AG