Watching an indie film outdoors on a summer evening in London might sound like a night to remember - but if the theater and concessions were made entirely from recycled refrigerators it would definitely be a difficult night to forget! Films on Fridges is a pop-up outdoors cinema built entirely from discarded fridges that featured critically acclaimed indie films at a location right in front of the London 2012 Olympic site. It was inspired by (and made from) East London's iconic 'Fridge Mountain' – Europe´s biggest stack of discarded fridges, which measured 20 feet high.
Thanks to a $7,000 cash injection from Kickstarter and a joint effort between Sims Recycling Solutions, Picture House Hackney, and the event´s organizers, Films on Fridges is now a reality. The sold-out event, which lasted for several weeks this summer, commented on our throwaway culture by reclaiming a tremendous amount of scrap material. Discarded fridges were used to construct just about everything at this fantastic pop-up cinema, and Inhabitat was there to bring you exclusive photos.
A pop-up bar sold drinks, sweet and salty popcorn, and even loaned woolly blankets for viewers to get cozy under the stars. The bar´s shelves were creatively constructed with fridges parts, making good use of the unwanted appliances. Additional furnishings made from fridge doors and recycled wood were scattered throughout the industrial site, providing space for spectators to have a pre-film chat while enjoying a cold drink.
Even the screen was made from fridge parts, which were randomly assembled into a temporary scaffolding structure. We’d love to see Films on Fridges grow and return to London next summer, but for now we were happy to hear that the 20 foot high mountain is currently being recycled outside London.
Photo © Ana Lisa Alperovich for Inhabitat