If you’ve ever tried to smuggle your dog into the local ODEON, you’ll know it could land you in all sorts of trouble, however no under-cover operation will be required at Oscar & Rupert, a new dog friendly cinema opening in East London in April.
Just a short walk from London Fields (the spiritual home of the hipster hound) , Oscar & Rupert will be hosting its first pooch friendly screening on Sunday 3rd April in the basement of hip new bar and eatery, Wringer & Mangle.
Bored with the park and the pub, Sigita and Stephanie, the friends and business partners behind Oscar & Rupert wanted to bring dog lovers together for an afternoon of fun, interaction and great cinema. “It is hard for friends without dogs to understand our love and commitment to our furry friends, so a community event like this can bring the dog mad people together where we can’t be judged! And no dirty looks if our dogs like to woof a little,” says Sigita.
Oscar & Rupert’s first screening will be My Dog Tulip, an independent animated feature film based on the 1956 memoir of BBC editor, novelist and memoirist, J.R. Ackerley. The film tells the story of his 15 year relationship with his German Shepherd.
On hand for the pups will be pooch popcorn and doggy ice cream, all washed down with organic doggy tea. The team at Oscar & Rupert are even offering to take pups out for toilet breaks when nature calls so you don’t have to miss a minute of the film.
For those that want to make a day of it, we suggest starting with a play on London Fields so your hound can stretch his legs, followed by Sunday lunch at Wringer & Mangle where you’ll get 20% off your bill (they have a designated dog friendly bar area serving the same menu as the restaurant – bookings are essential), then head down the basement from 2.30pm where the film will kick off at 3.30pm.
Sigita and Stephanie, along with their canine sidekicks, Oscar, a 5 month old Patterdale Terrier and Border Collie cross, and Rupert, a one year old Mini Schnauzer are hoping to make the screening a once a month event if it goes well.
“We strongly believe the bond and rituals between owner and dog have changed in the last decade, and just going to the park or pub with your dog is not enough anymore. In this very stressful, fast-moving city, for some of us the best part of the day is time spent with our dog. They remind us to live in the present moment and love us unconditionally, so why would we want to leave them at home?”
Oscar & Rupert Dog Cinema will be on Sunday 3rd April at Wringer & Mangle, Sidworth Street, E8 3SD. Doors open at 2.30pm and the film starts at 3.30pm. Tickets are £15 per human (dogs go free), which entitles you to 20% off your bill at Wringer & mangle. Book your tickets here.