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Secret Cinema Review: the Grand Budapest Hotel


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To our most distinguished guests of Big Picture Stuff 

We are delighted for you to join us for the viewing of the prestigious and highly anticipated Grand Budapest Hotel. Of the highest quality and finest service, the Grand Budapest Hotel promises all their guests a splendid and unforgettable visit. A visit which will enlighten, surprise, dazzle and captivate your imaginations and an experience which will linger in your dreams for days after. 

Established in 2007, Secret Cinema is an ultra immersive cultural experience where ‘fiction and reality blur’. A new form of visual representation these ‘live cinema’ events involves audiences losing themselves in serendipitous worlds of imagined environments. At first, I was a bit hesitant as it is a bit out of student budget prices (53.5 pounds) but I am so happy I had made the decision to go.Without giving too much away I would love to share with you five things I loved about the entire experience.

1. The 1930s Dress Code
At each cinema event participants are required to either arrive dressed up or asked to put on costumes when upon entering ‘the secret venue’. Well dressed men in suits, vests and top hats adored the halls of the hotel and beautiful women wearing gloves, gowns and fur coats created a stunning sight to see reflecting a time where vanity exceeded practicality.

2. The Suspense
Upon leading up to the big day, as well as sending you the cinema ticket, The Grand Budapest Hotel, will send you additional information asking you to fill in guest books or bring certain items. We found out that these things were not completely necessary but were beneficial in enhancing your Secret Cinema encounter.

3. The Atmosphere 
Imagine 1930s glamour with the extravagance of the Great Gatsby coupled with the quirkiness of …I felt like I was in a scene from a Disney Movie. So much happiness, joy, and unforgettable experiences as images and scenes from the movie came to life. 

4. The Secrecy (Shh, tell no one) 
When they say Secret Cinema, they are not kidding, this event is presented in the utmost secrecy. The lack of disclosure surrounding the event and it’s details makes it quite an anxious affair for myself and my friends in preparing for the day. Not knowing what to expect, we scored the internet for some form of review or information to no avail. Which I am happily pleased with, as it assisted in creating unsuspecting participants who were pleasantly surprised with everything.

5. The Grand Budapest Hotel
And finally the movie itself was so phenomenal. Wes Anderson with his quirky film shots, admiral characters and unassuming film plots has yet again created a visual masterpiece. I found myself, laughing, cringing, sympathising and being on the edge of my seat.

Above are some pics which I took after the event, which feature four stunning people of whom I loved their outfits;

Tariq & Meg

Sarah & Pete

A gown extension which was made by sewing a scarf on the hem of a black dress and a top hat for the lads. These guys really knew how to dress with class and style!

What do you guys think of The Grand Budapest Hotel for those who have seen the movie? Or do you have any unknown or extra special events which you would recommend I check out while being in the UK?




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  • Susan 17/03/2014 at 6:25 am

    I have never heard of this place, but it looks so cool! I will definitely have to go there when I’m older!

    • Val & Vess 17/03/2014 at 11:51 am

      Yes! It was so splendid lovely Susan! So lovely to hear from you. I truly missed you wonderful words of encouragement! xo