Secret Cinema returns for another three-month long immersive film event that we’ll all complain about for being too expensive, but 30 minutes in we’ll be all like THIS IS THE REASON I WAS BORN, LET’S DO IT AGAIN TOMORROW.
And this time they’re bringing the poorly reviewed prequel to last year’s Blade Runner 2049 to a secret location in London, from 21 March – 8 July 2018.
This spoiler-free guide will offer you some practical advice to help you make the most of your time there, and will be regularly updated with new information as it arrives.
1) This is the second time that Secret Cinema has put on Blade Runner, the first time was back in 2010. There are a few grumpy comments on their Facebook page (SHOCK HORROR) saying, “pffft I paid £20 for this on the first round, why would I pay more than double for the same thing again.” These people clearly didn’t attend Empire Strikes Back in 2015 and seen how far Secret Cinema has come in terms of spectacle and nerd-joy.
2) Blade Runner runs from 21 March – 10 June, but if ticket sales are brisk enough, more dates *may* be added. UPDATE: Extra days have been added till 8 July.
3) As of March 9th, this is the ticket availability:
- March – SOLD OUT
- April – very limited availability with some Sundays still available
- May – Saturdays no longer available
- June – Most weekends available
- July – Extra dates added – weekend still available
4) Tickets cost £67.13 (inc booking fee) for the Orion (‘regular’ package) and £72.28 (inc booking fee) for Phoenix (advanced package). There’s also a ‘VIP Ticket’ called Black Galaxy available for £129.97,
5) All ticket packages are for 18+ only. Because boozin’.
6) The Orion and Phoenix tickets are largely the same, except with the more expensive Phoenix package you get access to extra secret areas and something called an ‘advanced online journey’ ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
7) The Black Galaxy package gives you reserved seating, entry into exclusive VIP areas and meal and drinks vouchers.
8) According to Secret Cinema: “The three ticket types have different travel paths that do not always cross. If you travel in company, book the same ticket type to make the journey together.”
9) If you want a ticket for a sold-out day, just look on the Facebook page during the week before you want to go. There are plenty of people selling spares for face value.
10) After you’ve bought your ticket, you’ll receive a link from ‘The Utopia Group’ to the secret website a few weeks before your arrival. You’ll also receive a password. This is where you’ll find out the location of the event (including the postcode, nearest tube and map), your identity, your costume, your props, as well as who you need to report to and which ‘sector’ you need to enter.
11) If you’re the ticket-buyer for a group, when you’re sent the registration link and password do remember to forward it to the rest of your group. All attendees must register in the digital portal in order to retrieve their character details.
12) If you haven’t received your email, rest assured Secret Cinema will eventually get around to it. They only just started sending details out on March 5th.
13) Don’t panic if you can’t find the registration email. It may have dropped into your junk/promotions folder so have a check in there first. If you really can’t find the email then contact firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to advise.
14) You will be able to make your way to and from the location via public transport, which they’ve stated is in Zone 2 on the tube map.
15) Entry time for the event is between 6pm – 7:30pm
16) As ever, don’t be late. Latecomers will not be admitted. But don’t panic if you have an appointment time different from your friends. You’ll still be let in with them.
17) If you have specific access requirements email email@example.com to let them know ahead of attendance. They can accommodate pregnant and lesser abled guests including wheelchair users. Also note that Blue Badge holders, Freedom Pass holders, and PIP/DLA recipients are entitled to a free carer ticket which can only be booked directly via email. Please note that complimentary carer tickets are available for Regular (Orion) and Advanced (Phoenix) tickets only – not the VIP package.
18) Do not bring any large valuables, laptops or jewellery.
19) If you haven’t printed off your ticket, they’ll still let you in with your pdf ticket on your phone.
20) You will have to place you mobile phone in a little zip-lock bag provided on entry. This is often the nicest thing about Secret Cinema: nobody Instagramming in the way of the action.
21) It is advised that you follow the dress code. You will be randomly assigned a character type (detective, private investigator, scavenger, industrialist, undercover detective, ambassador, companion, entertainer or technician) and this will determine what you wear. For instance, if you’re a detective you will be expected to arrive in a long trench coat, trilby, checked tie and clear umbrella.
22) All outfits can be bought from the official Secret Cinema online store.
23) It is not compulsory to purchase something from the official store, if you have something similar at home then feel free to wear that instead.
24) But don’t be the only boob who turns up in everyday 2018 clobber and Nike trainers. You will regret it as everyone else will be in character and staring at you like the weirdo you are.
25) It also states the following information: “Check meteorological forecasts before heading Downtown. High levels of rain may occur. Please dress appropriately.” Reading between the lines, you can assume that you’ll probably get rained on. After all, you are now living in the neo-noir future.
26) Nobody wearing high heels or stilettos will be admitted beyond a certain point.
27) You are also required to bring props. These are handy if you want access to cool stuff during the event. You should bring one or more of the following:
- – A Transparent Umbrella or Raincoat
- – Goggles
- – UV pen
- – Utopian promotion materials
- – Identity papers
- – A secret note for a lover or stranger
- – Notebook and pen
28) Food and drink will be served from a variety of vendors between 6pm – 10pm – more details to follow.
29) It’s card payments only throughout the event space. Contactless and chip & pin is available.
30) Blade Runner will finish by 11pm, but there will be opportunities to hang around and party longer at the after-show. HOPE YOU LIKE VANGELIS
31) Why the ‘Final Cut’? Because it’s the only version that has absolutely no studio interference and is therefore Ridley Scott’s preferred version. So no cheesy voiceover, unambiguous ending or footage stolen from The Shining, I’m afraid.