Remember when Mr Warbucks hired out the whole movie theatre for Annie? I loved the romantic notion of it then and I still do. No teenagers making out in the corner, no old guy rustling his Choc Top wrapper or coughing during the best scene - just you, your favourite people in the world, and the big screen. Oh, and popcorn and lollies, naturally.
Northbridge has gotten a little funkier since the last time you looked. If you searched now, you'd find a venue where you can do just that - and you don't have to have Mr Warbucks' billions to do it. 1Up Microcinema seats a cosy 20 people and is available for private screenings of their back catalogue of cult classics and festival favourites. Get a group of (8 or more) friends together and tickets are only $15 each including a free drink from the bar and an item from the candy bar. Oh yes, that's right, it's licensed too, so you can enjoy a smooth glass of red or a refreshing cider with your popcorn. How's that for decadence?
Think the coolness stops there? Not even close. Add beanbags, hot Milo, American candy, a digital art gallery and 20% off the price of the funky threads available in the fashion boutique downstairs. 1Up also regularly hosts activities like Mario Kart Speed Dating (because you can tell a lot about a person by the way they play the game), Sneaker Swapmeets, and retro gaming tournaments. Check out their Facebook page for details of what's on and get involved.