Secret Cinema Presents BACK TO THE FUTURE

With Secret Cinema’s Back To The Future production in full swing after it’s week-long delay, we went along to check out whether it was worth the wait.

Awesome: Hill Valley

When Secret Cinema announced that they were going to recreate the whole of Hill Valley they weren’t exaggerating. Complete with the McFly’s house, the high school, and even the clock tower, you can’t help but be impressed as soon as you enter the town. Talk about making you part of the movie…

Not Awesome: Health & Safety

Sadly it seems the health and safety police have been on Secret Cinema’s ass because they’ve gone totally overboard on the rules and regulations. It was interesting spending over £50 to constantly be told to stop walking down the (fake) streets and smoking in the non-designated (outside) areas.

Awesome: The Size

Secret Cinema has never done a production this big before and it truly is amazing the scale of things. You can enjoy a fun fair, the Enchantment Under The Sea dance, the town’s own radio show, yummy food and drink (which is only expectantly overpriced) and loads more.

Not Awesome: The Size

Unfortunately the fact that it’s this big means that it’s virtually impossible to do and see everything. You’ll find yourself overhearing about something that happened on the other side of town and being gutted that you missed it.

Awesome: The Dressing Up

It might be pretty geeky but if you’re going to Secret Cinema, chances are you’re into the dressing up aspect. From the people who go all out in vintage clothing to the guy who just wears a cap, checking out all the different 50s (and occasional 80s) outfits is a lot of fun, especially when you’re all on the tube together.

Not Awesome: The Delorean

Or lack thereof… Anyone hoping to get a snap with the famous time travelling car (see: me!) will be very disappointed. It only makes an appearing during the live action sequences and you’ll be lucky to even get a blurred picture on your contraband phone as it whizzes past.

Awesome: Live Action Scenes

As with previous Secret Cinema productions certain scenes from the film are acted out, but for Back To The Future they really went all out. From Marty McFly skating around town hanging onto the back on a car, to Doc climbing the clock town to reattach that all important cable, you’ll be in awe of the effort that’s gone into recreating the most famous moments of the movie.

Not Awesome: Phone Ban

If the film had been a secret you could kind of understand the phone ban but for Back To The Future that wasn’t the case. Anyone who was naive enough to admit they had a phone on them was told they couldn’t go in unless they gave it up, and then realised why when they got inside and saw all the disposable cameras for sale and official pictures priced at £5.

Awesome: The Movie

As if you didn’t already know it, Back To The Future is a great film, and there’s nothing quite like watching it on a massive screen in the middle of Hill Valley with everyone around you chanting: “McFly! McFly! McFly!” Yes, you’ll feel like a bit of loser, but you’ll have an awesome time doing it.

This article was first publised on Girls Like Films Too

Lauren O'Callaghan

Updated: Aug 03, 2014


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Secret Cinema presents Back To The Future!

Back To The Future like you’ve never experienced before…

Secret Cinema are putting on a MUST-EXPERIENCE event for fans of Back To The Future – a lifelike recreation of 1985/2015 Hill Valley that visitors can explore along with an interactive battle of the bands AND rounded off with an Enchantment Under The Sea dance. There’ll be plenty of audience participation with attendees becoming actual Hill Valley characters. Sounds brilliant.

All of this AND a special screening of the film that promises surprises despite the fact it’s now nearly 30 years old!

‘Secret Cinema today announces its next cinematic adventure ‘Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future,’ which is set to be the most epic and detailed production to date – bringing the much loved 80’s film back to life at a secret London location. This will be the biggest live cinema event ever staged in the UK. ‘Secret Cinema presents BACK TO THE FUTURE’ will run from 24th July – 10th August 2014 and tickets will go on sale this Wednesday 4th June via the Secret Cinema website. The show will be the accumulation of close to 45 large scale cinematic productions before Secret Cinema takes the concept global in 2015.

Secret Cinema will build the town of Hill Valley and transport audiences into a richly detailed imagined world. Audiences will travel back in time and become citizens of Hill Valley living between 1955 and 1985, with secret alleys and entrances in the town that will allow them to travel to 1985 and 2015. As in previous productions such as Dirty Dancing, Grease and Top Gun – this event will follow the familiar interactive format of immersing audiences into the world of Back to the Future and Hill Valley in the first half of the evening followed by a screening of the classic 80s film alongside extra experiential surprise elements.

A Battle of the Bands contest will determine who will play on stage each night, as well as a secret headline high profile band. The famous ‘Enchantment under the Sea’ Prom dance will take place at an after party venue near the secret location.

Audience participation will feature heavily throughout each event, with audiences becoming characters inside Hill Valley, with some being thrown into a time machine and transported into another existence, and others will become part of the worlds of 1955 and 1985.

Secret Cinema Founder and Artistic Director Fabien Riggall said, “For ‘Secret Cinema presents Back to the Future’, we will build an entire town, where audiences will live inside the world of Back to the Future. We will play heavily on the innocent dreamlike Americana world of 1955 and the nostalgic pre mobile phone world of 1985. With this production we are moving Future Cinema into Secret Cinema Presents which will continue to stage cult classics and new releases such as the recent critically acclaimed Grand Budapest Hotel and last year’s Searching for Sugarman.”

Lauren O'Callaghan

Updated: Aug 03, 2014


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