Before reading this article, I had no idea a theater can work in such an interesting and “vivid” way! 😀 I would very like to try it one day!
Founded in 2007, Secret Cinema charges cinema-goers to not only see a movie but pretend to play a role in it as well
Welcome to Secret Cinema, where the film is not just on the screen — viewers can wander up to the characters, brought to life by actors in a setting that seems to have been plucked straight out of the movie.
Guests arrive armed with nothing more than a string of cryptic emails detailing where to go and how to dress. They don’t even know what film they are going to see, despite having paid the equivalent of US$70 each for a ticket.
“You tell people nothing. They have no idea of what they’re going to see, what they’re going to experience,” said Fabien Riggall, who founded Secret Cinema in 2007.
This innovative approach to cinema — which spreads to New York and Athens in April — has seen organizers transform a warehouse into the futuristic dystopia of Blade Runner, a park into Lawrence of Arabia and dank tunnels into The Battle of Algiers.
From a modest first audience of 400 people in 2007, Secret Cinema has become a massive operation, hosting 13,500 excitable prisoners during a month-long run of The Shawshank Redemption that ended in December.
The latest show saw the launch of a “Secret Hotel” offering overnight stays in the prison, sleeping in bunks in the cells for an extra US$50 per person.
Tickets have already sold out for London’s 20th Secret Cinema event next April, which for the first time will run simultaneously with shows at secret locations in Athens and New York.
Who would you like to be when you are there? I would like to be Leonardo Dicaprio in Catch Me If You Can or Hal Jordan in Green Lantern~ Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice is a good choice, too!