Secret Cinema Star Wars: Our Review
Last year my wife and I visited the secret cinema event, Back to the Future, and thoroughly enjoyed our
day. We dressed in costume and walked around 1950's Hill Valley, enjoying the semi-faithful recreation
of the town square and the key events from the film - played out before our eyes. In fact we were sure
that it couldn't get better....boy were we wrong!
I don't want to give too much of the plot away for those who are still planning on going, suffice to say
that it blew last year out of the water! There are many this year that have been put off by the higher
ticket prices - believing that this event now has gone way above most people's budget, or that there
is nothing the organizers could do that could warrant a £75 price tag. We thought it was worth every
penny. The event itself takes place in a massive empty factory complex just around the corner from
Canada Water, London and from the moment you arrive you are taken on a journey.
The immersive nature of this event is far above anything that Secret Cinema have previously done,
in fact there are very real quests to run, gambling to be cheated out of and Jedi training being taught
around every corner!
The re-creation of the canteena from Episode IV is amazing - the look is so authentic (as are the
clientele). While sitting in a booth inside it we got to listen to live music and then witnessed
Stormtroopers confront and apprehend Han Solo and Chewbacca, sitting across from us in another
booth. We were in awe of some of the attention to detail.
We went on spaceflights, daring prison escapes and scavenger hunts around the incredibly
recreated Death Star before watching a stunning live action culmination that immediately preceded
the final showing of Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.
As my wife said many, many times before we went - she hates Star Wars. She LOVED it at
Secret Cinema! I think, in these situations, it almost doesn't matter what film they choose to
reenact, we'll be there either way! But shhh....'don't tell anyone'.
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