Some of the best family movies of all time were made in the 1980s – Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, The Princess Bride and ET among them. And one of my favourites, as a child of the eighties, has to be Back To The Future, which is getting a series of very special showings in a secret location in London this summer, courtesy of Secret Cinema.
If you haven’t heard of Secret Cinema, you’re in for a treat. They show movies in abandoned spaces, fusing film, music, theatre and live installations together for a unique experience – they recreated a hotel in an old glass factory for a showing of The Grand Budapest Hotel in March, and showed The Shawshank Redemption in a prison setting. (You can see more about what they do at their website, Secret Cinema.)
This July, they are going even bigger – building the Back To The Future town of Hill Valley to screen the classic movie in. Audiences will travel back to the town circa 1955, and there will be secret alleyways and entrances there that will transport them to 1985 and 2015 (the setting for Back To The Future II, of course). After exploring, Hill Valley visitors will be treated to a screening of the movie (with promised surprise elements – we’re hoping Doc Brown’s dog Einstein makes a guest appearance) and there will even be a Battle Of The Bands to decide which band will perform each night. And if that wasn’t brilliant enough, there will be an Enchantment Under The Sea prom (you know, where Marty’s mum and dad had to get together for him to even exist) held at a venue nearby.
The event runs from 24th July until 10th August. Tickets are on sale from Wednesday 4th June via the website: www.secretcinema.org/tickets.
Prices are as follows:
Adults £53.50 + booking fee
Children (5-16 years, must be accompanied by an adult) £25 + booking fee
Family ticket £140 (2 adults, 2 children) + booking fee
Do note that Back To The Future is a PG certificate and is best suited for children over the age of 8 (children 5 and over can attend the Secret Cinema screenings, but must be accompanied by an adult). You can read the Movies4Kids review here. Note that while there are no scary moments in the film, there is some swearing and sexual situations.
And just to get you in the mood: