The Best First Date Spot in Sydney
Seeing a movie hasn’t been a sexy experience for me since a sandy haired boy tried to put his finger up my skirt during Superman Returns in grade ten.
However this all changed the night I decided to go see a filthy erotic film in the back streets of Surry Hills…
I first discovered Golden Age Cinema when I was working in the lingerie boutique on Pitt Street. I’d close up at 6:30pm and catch the 303 bus which winded it’s way up the narrow back streets of Surry Hills and eventually dropped me off at the Dirthouse on Bourke.
Somewhere between my first love’s house on Wentworth Avenue and the brothel on Crown Street we’d pass this secret little underground venue which had no street appeal except for a row of fairy lights and a peek of velvet seats.
It never ceased to capture my curiosity. No signage meant that it was difficult to identify but there was a quote.
THE GOOD OLD DAYS ARE NOW.
It wasnt until two years later that my Friend A and I decided to go one rainy Friday night.
They only show two movies a day so we pre booked our tickets to the 6:30pm movie “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” online.
They don’t allocate seats so it’s literally first in best dressed…
As we walked down a narrow staircase we were greeted at a booth on the right. An attractive blonde woman gave us our tickets and directed us to the bar where we were told that any drinks purchased could be taken into the cinema.
Note the delightfully retro menu on the wall. Cinnamon donut flavoured popcorn and a Messina choctop…don’t mind if I do!
At 6pm the bar was already full of couples of all ages, friends meeting after work and the occasional awkward first date duo. On the odd night you’ll find a live band playing in the windowsill, it truly is a charming venue.
We purchased our drinks from your typical Surry Hills bearded barman before being ushered into the tiny cinema.
Warning: While you can purchase bespoke snacks and be served alcoholic beverages, Golden Age Cinema is nothing like your gold class movie at your local Hoyts. In fact it is far from your generic movie experience.
The seats are vintage so they are quite frankly uncomfortable as hell and you have to place your drinks on the floor but as soon as the lights go down something strange starts to happen. The combination of a little alcohol, an intimate theatre and the strictly adult vibe starts to turn you on…
In the spirit of the movie we were about to see “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” we managed to smuggle in a packet of salt and vinegar chips and a bag of cheap red licorice which went down a treat with our fizzy drinks.
As soon as the movie started I felt like I was back in High school again. Although I expected nothing of this film I enjoyed every second of it.
Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Trueblood) fans BE WARNED this is his steamiest, sexiest role yet. To the horror of the 14 year old boy watching this film with his trendy lesbian parents in the second row I counted at least five sex scenes. That aside The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the best portrayal of a teenage girl’s sexuality since Mermaids (1990).
Minnie is definitely someone every girl can identify with and Kristen Wiig who plays Minnie’s mother is just the icing on the already indulgent cake.
Despite the film’s outward appearance it is not a sweet, funny coming of age story but a gritty, hyper sexual dark comedy and definitely one that every teenage girl and woman should see.
But that’s the great thing about Golden Age Cinema, it doesn’t really matter what you go and see because they only cherry pick the best independent films, classics, cults, creepies, cheapies and the best new releases of the year.
While I absolutely loved going to Golden Age Cinema with my bestie I would highly recommend this venue as your next date spot in Sydney.
Everything from the dimly lit underground bar, to the liquor and the candy flavoured popcorn is so damn sexy and did I mention you can get a cheese platter or cheese toasty delivered to your seat right before the movie?
Hands down one of my new favourite places in Sydney.
Q’s for you: Have you seen The Diary of a Teenage Girl or Mermaids – What did you think? Is society afraid of teenage girl’s sexuality opposed to a boy’s? And why is sticking a dick in a apple pie totally hilarious but talking about a girl losing her virginity is super taboo?
Would love to hear what you think HERE.
Lot’s of love,