Birgit Martinusson reports on the real time thrills and spills to be had in Secret Cinema
What is with the endless Secret Cinema hype? The tickets sell out fast. Why? Because Secret Cinema is a highly memorable and a highly recommended way to experience – and not just ‘see’ – a film, any film.
The films are carefully selected and the secret carefully kept: attendees are kept in the dark as to what the film shown will be, right up until the moment they arrive at each different venue. The anticipation and surprise are part of the fun!
Secret Cinema is about you and your friends (and a lot of excited gung-ho strangers), getting completely immersed in the movie experience; being as much a part of the film being shown, as viewing it. It is the most fun you could possibly have watching a film. You expect – and get – a visually simulating pre and post movie feast. The tickets might seem pricey, but when you include a tanker and the chance to smash up a car while keeping an eye on a locked up psycho (‘The Watchmen’ preview in what felt like a secret London bunker) and so much more, the pay out is well worth it.
Or how about a head-banging session with Anvil and superstar friends live, from the moment the credits rolled on their documentary which told you the tale of their rise and demise, in one of London’s best loved live venues, the house was rocking. Where else would you get that? These are one-offs. Unique experiences for those that aren’t satisfied with just stale popcorn in cramped local cinemas.
Secret Cinema say “it’s about creating a social cinema experience where the audience can connect with each other.” And that it does. With outposts in New York City and even Kabul, this is a company that takes the element of surprise and fun seriously.
An unforgettable experience worth every pound.