Movies go to the dogs
Owners keen to spend some quality time with their pooches should consider a night at the movies. No, really. Last summer, national chain Picturehouse set tails wagging when it introduced a new programming strand – dog friendly screenings.
The first of the dog friendly cinema events took place in the summer of 2017, when owners took their best friends along to special screenings of stop-motion animation My Life as a Courgette.
That film was about a shy child who goes to live an orphanage. This week, though, Picturehouse’s offer has been given added bite with the release of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs movie.
Set in a dystopian future Japan, this paw-some animation tells the story of 12-year-old Atari who tries to track down his pet dog, Spots. That’s after an outbreak of ‘canine flu’, which sees every dog in Megasaki City exiled to a huge rubbish dump called Trash Island.
Atari sets out on his noble quest to rescue his pal, meeting plenty of new mongrel friends along the way and enjoying a journey that will decide the fate of much more than just his pet dog.
So, if you’ve got a well-behaved dog and fancy bringing him/her along to the show, Picturehouse will provide plenty of water bowls both inside and outside the screen, plus a blanket so that your dog can cuddle up next to you and enjoy the show.
The best news is that dogs go free. Tickets for Picturehouse members are £5, and for non-members they’re £8.
Dog-‘fur’iendly Picturehouse screenings have already had success in London, Swansea and Glasgow.
Ahead of the recent screening in Harbour Lights, Southampton, general manager Liz Willcox said: “The screenings have been really popular in our branches around the country, with no major issues of dog behaviour, so we’re hoping for the same reaction here.”
Check out the Picturehouse website for screenings near you: www.picturehouses.com