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Food, films and fun at venue that gives a nod to nostalgia

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:56 07 August 2017

Pitch has opened in Stratford (Picture: Matt Glass)

Pitch has opened in Stratford (Picture: Matt Glass)

Matt Glass

It might be tucked away next to a station, but it’s impossible to miss Pitch.

Pitch has opened in Stratford (Picture: Matt Glass) Pitch has opened in Stratford (Picture: Matt Glass)

The open air space, located by Stratford High Street DLR, has opened for the summer and boasts live bands, DJs and classic films among its entertainment offer.

The 400-capacity venue is the brainchild of Pol Gallagher and his Zap Architecture firm, and aims to become a popular retro destination venue.

He said: “Stratford has undergone an incredible transformation since the London Olympics, and there are thousands of locals living in the area who commute to, and party in, central London every day.

“We felt it was about time we gave the locals the entertainment they deserve in their area, while also giving visitors a reason to come and experience Stratford for themselves.”

Pol is the brainchild behind other outdoor London venues, including Pergola on the Roof at the old BBC television centre in west London and its counterpart at Paddington station.

Explaining the concept behind Pitch’s design – guests enter through a custom-designed triangular arch to a retro-themed area with a sun terrace, wall art and party booths, he continued: “Pitch is a feel-good, outdoor venue with a nod to the past.

“There’s a celebration of retro styling, with 80s party booths and bright colours throughout the venue - as well as our favourite old films playing in the cinema space - but more than anything this has been a project led entirely by design.”

Monday night is movie night, with this week’s (August 7) offering being Back To The Future and subsequent screenings including The Truman Show and Big.

Each film starts at 8pm and visitors can settle down on a bean bag, put on a pair of wireless headphones and enjoy something to eat or drink throughout.

The venue offers a variety of street food, from traditional hot dogs to Greek and Italian delicacies, as well as a bar full of summer favourites.

Pitch is open from 5pm until 11pm Monday to Friday and from noon to 11pm on weekends and bank holidays.

It is free to visit, although anyone under 18 will not be admitted. Tables can be booked in advance at pitchstratford.com

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