U.K.'s Secret Cinema Plans 'Back to the Future' Event
Organizers are planning nightly battle of the bands competitions and an after-screening prom set in a replica of Hill Valley, the town portrayed in the 1980s Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd time-traveling movie.
LONDON – U.K. movie event organization Secret Cinema is promising its "most epic and detailed production to date" when it brings Back to the Future, the 1980s Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd time-traveling classic.
Organizers promise to build a replica of the town of Hill Valley, with the location in the British capital being kept secret from event attendees -- a signature move by backers -- with shows running July 24 through Aug. 10.
Audiences will be invited to travel back in time and become citizens of Hill Valley living between 1955 and 1985 -- secret alleys and entrances in the town will allow them to travel to 1985 and 2015.
As with previous Secret Cinema mounted shows such as Dirty Dancing, Grease and Top Gun, this event will follow the interactive format 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; there also will be a secret headline high-profile band.
The film's famous "Enchantment under the Sea" prom dance will take place at an afterparty venue near the secret location.
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."
Organizers also said Future Cinema, creators of Secret Cinema, will be rebranded and brought under the "Secret Cinema presents" brand. The Back to the Future shows will bring the number of large-scale cinematic productions to close to 45 since 2007, when it started putting on live events.