U.K.'s Secret Cinema Bringing 'Star Wars' Immersive Experience to London

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'The Empire Strikes Back'

After 2014's 'Back to the Future,' Secret Cinema has revealed that in 2015 it will re-create the world of 'The Empire Strikes Back.'

Having last year transformed part of London into Back to the Future’s famous Hill Valley for a month of “immersive” screenings that sold more than 65,000 tickets, Secret Cinema will next be heading to a galaxy far, far away.

The U.K. distribution company, which has put on live cinema experiences since 2007, announced Wednesday that its 2015 offering would be Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

Secret Cinema said the immersive experience would take place in a "secret London location" starting on June 4, and that those interested should "look out for a secret code on forgotten buildings" that would lead to a "secret portal."

"We are seeking rebels from around the world to join the Rebel Alliance and head to a Secret City where they will be taken on a journey through the world of Star Wars," it added.

Despite the Back to the Future experience in 2014 receiving rave reviews, with Hill Valley re-created in intricate detail and featuring (working) 1950s school buses, barber shops, stores and the film’s iconic clock tower, organizers will no doubt be hoping that the Empire Strikes Back experience doesn’t have the same disastrous start. The opening Back to the Future show was canceled just two hours before it was due to begin, leaving 3,500 ticket holders dressed in their best Marty McFly outfits with nowhere to go, resulting in a major backlash on social media.

Having ironed out the problems, Secret Cinema revealed after the 30-day event closed that it would be bringing Back to the Future to Los Angeles in 2015. As yet no further details have been announced.

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