Following last week’s cancellations, Secret Cinema finally launched its Back To The Future extravaganza last night and wow, was it worth the wait!
I’ve tried to only mention things in this review that I’ve seen in other places online so as not to spoil the event for anyone who is going, although I know a lot of photos and videos have been shown on the news, but I just won’t be specific about what actually happens!
Secret Cinema prides itself on the immersive cinematic experience, and Back To The Future was certainly that. This experience was not as secret as I know previous events have been, especially with all the hype surrounding it, but it exceeded all my expectations.
Arriving in East London, the queue was a sea of denim on denim, spotted frocks, curls and gilets (and of course a few people dressed up as the Doc). We handed in our phones and stepped in to Hill Valley.
Wandering around Hill Valley, we could visit the Texaco garage, play games in the arcade, write cards in the post office and order food and drink from Lou’s Diner. They even had cash machines in the Bank of America (although I’d advise you to get cash out beforehand). I was SO impressed by the level of detail in the main square, and the Hill Valley Fair itself was a lot of fun. Dancing crazily to Johnny Be Good at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance was probably one of the most fun things I’ve ever done. The atmosphere was amazing and everyone got involved, which made it even better. For those who want a way to remember the event, you can buy disposable cameras (head to the arcade), which I thought was a really nice touch.
The food there was mainly burgers and fries, although there were a few stalls with cakes and brownies – I had a jam and cream scone with my wine, very civilised! Yes, there were (very) long queues for food, but I wasn’t expecting otherwise, and you didn’t have to wait long at all if you just wanted a drink.
Back To The Future is such an enjoyable classic film, and for me, there was just the right amount of live experience and flashy lighting and effects to enhance the cinematic experience, so much so that I’m thinking about going again! The huge amount of effort that went into it was obvious from the moment you arrived, and full credit to the actors who did an incredible job.
Tickets are available at http://www.secretcinema.org/tickets, and if you still aren’t sure, just trust me, it’s worth the price – put your phones away, grab a picnic blanket and your skateboard/dancing shoes and go!