The Old Cinema Launderette in Durham
Just sometimes in this day and age it is possible to find a genuine gem. By day a friendly, efficient launderette focused on genuine customer service – by night (at least on those occasional enchanted ones) the washing machines and tumblers switch off to make way for the buildings original purpose: a venue for entertainment.
A few weeks ago, after my weekly food shop I noticed the pale turquoise shop front of the old cinema which I had been looking out for. Quickly alighted from my car and went in just to have a hot chocolate on a cold day, and chat to Mrs Wishy-Washy about the history of the building. Set amidst some lapislazuli blue the giant washing machines appear somewhat accidental amongst film posters, old-fashioned washing powder boxes, original lamp shades and historic photos.
Tonight, I went for a different launderette experience all-together: “Folk n’ Word” an evening of music and poetry. Variety is the spice of life and so indeed was the varied nature of poetry: death, sex, Trinidad, Haribo and Gregg’s custard doughnuts and a cello all featured. I kid you not! Musical poetry in French and English sung by Emilie Bold.