Secret Cinema is a mysterious film-loving organization in England. They put together screenings of a secret film for a secret audience in a secret location. If you want to attend these screenings you have to register on their website and buy a ticket, usually around $50US. After you pay, they tell you when the movie will screen, at what time and how to dress. They don’t tell you anything else about the movie or experience.
The Secret Cinema screenings are themed-based around the movie being showcased. In the case of the secret screening on July 4th in Berlin, it was an experience around the movie Prometheus, which doesn’t open in Germany until August. The people with Secret Cinema released a short video showing what the experience at one of their events is like.
According to people at the event, the location of the secret screening was a warehouse, but once inside they saw it completely transformed into the deck of a spaceship. They were free to roam around the warehouse for hours, peering into various rooms and were encouraged to interact with the hyper sleep chambers that were in the middle of the show floor. It was kind of like a space party in this warehouse, complete with cocktails and a space-themed restaurant. There appeared to be a loud droning with the message “Thank you for investing in a brighter future” on repeat that surrounded the inside of the warehouse.
They also had no idea what the mystery movie was until they were ushered into the theater. Many thought it was going to be Prometheus and they were right.
This looks like quite the experience and well worth the price of admission. There are plans to bring Secret Cinema to the US but the plans have not been finalized so we’ll have to wait and see. The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas does something similar to this during the annual Harry Knowles’ birthday event “Butt-Numb-A-Thon,” a 24-hour movie watching marathon. Last year, the audience was taken to a secret screening of the movie Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.