Secret Cinema – Dirty Dancing

I’ve just booked tickets for this year’s Secret Cinema which will be Moulin Rouge themed and it reminded me of just how brilliant last year’s event was!

For those of you that don’t know, in London, there is a company that once or twice a year arranges an immersive cinema experience. Last year, I went to see Dirty Dancing (and I’m not ashamed to say that it’s one of my all time favourite movies alongside The Notebook and Lord of the Rings). They’ve done a Star Wars night that took place in a spaceship and a 28 Days later night where viewers had to lie in hospital beds before being chased by zombies, but thankfully my event was much more relaxed. A few weeks after signing up, everyone is emailed their character and given an indication of the type of outfit you should wear, I opted for a 1920’s skirt, a black bardot top and I bunched my natural curls into a top knot.

I had absolutely no idea what to expect as you can’t really find out much about it online. As soon as you arrive at the secret location (which is only revealed to you a couple of days before your booked date) they hand you a sealable plastic bag for your phone, and if you’re caught using it, you’re escorted off the premises!

Unlike the other events, this one took place outside in a giant field, and after traipsing through a meandering path in the woods with 5,000 other people we finally arrived at the Kellerman Resort and were greeted by Mr Kellerman himself. (If you’ve not seen the movie, it’s where the film is set!)

I was completely blown away by the lengths they had gone to recreate the film. The first half of the field was covered in food stalls that sold everything from candy floss, to fruit cider to halloumi chips. At the back of the field was a giant screen where the movie would later be shown and eager viewers had already reserved their spots with picnic blankets and pillows (which are essential for a warm and cosy night). Either side of the giant screen held bars where actors were teaching you how to dance to the songs in the movie, a pitch and putt, an archery class, and there was even an exclusive dance lesson from Johnny himself! (Patrick Swayze aka the main character aka the guy all the girls lust after).

My favourite part was the staff quarters, where Baby famously ‘carried a watermelon.’ Inside a smoke filled bar, viewers can crowd around a group of actors that recreate the iconic dance routine to ‘Do You Love Me.’ If you’re one of the lucky ones at the front, the actors will even pull you into the main circle and throw you round as though you are weightless.

After everyone has settled in their spots on their picnic blankets, the movie begins and is a combination of pantomime sound effects from the audience aswell as a live play of the movie by the actors you had met during the day, re-enacting the  movie directly infront of it. It sounds bizarre, but it was absolutely brilliant. When a dance scene came on screen, everybody stood up and danced, singing along to the music, when Robbie (the baddie) tricked Baby’s sister, everybody booed – it felt as though we were all watching it as one.

If you want to see the official video for quite possibly the best cinema experience I have ever had, check it out:

If you are interested in attending this year’s Moulin Rouge event, tickets can be found here:

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22 thoughts on “Secret Cinema – Dirty Dancing

    1. I was last there in 99. Knew nothing about this. In 97 I had been involved with a small film company based in Sussex. Not sure what any of them are doing now. My mate who introduced me to them was back in Berkshire last I heard about a month ago. I have always felt home again when I land in Britain. I haven’t been to Scotland though since I was about 4. My grandfather was from Aberdeen.

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      1. Sounds great. I went to a west end production of Grease which was fantastic. My mate was a Dutch business owner who mostly lived in France and he bought the tickets. He wouldn’t tell me what he paid or accept any money for them… which was probably good because I could never have afforded seats like that for a production like that. It was an unbelievable show. British arts are incredible. You guys have the best actors and musicians. Still got to go back to what came out of your arts colleges in the 60’s and 70’s

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  1. Fun fact: I live down the road from where they shot part of the movie. It’s called Mountain Lake. The cabins all look exactly the same as in the movie even though it was filmed years ago. I go up there every 4th of July and watch fireworks. 🙂

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  2. Amazing event and I am also not ashamed to admit that it is one of my favorite movies, and yes when I I find myself in weird situation combined with chemistry with some guy I like to say it was like the scene from DD and I carried a watermelon 🙂

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  3. Thank you so much for posting this. It looks like you had an awesome fun time! The closest thing i know of here in the USA is when we have Halloween midnight “secret” showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show where everyone goes in costume and acts out their parts along with the actors on screen. Brad and Janet have to strip down to their underwear. Rocky has to dress as a sweet transvestite, and much more! We even bring squirt guns for the rain scene, ha ha ha. I love the three movies you mentioned too. They are definitely my favs. I watch them over again every time they are on TV. Rocky Horror is also one my favs, I always sing along and dance to The Time Warp song.

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    1. You’re welcome I’m glad you like it! You also have great taste in movies 😉 that sounds ace about the rocky horror show I’m going to see if they do something familiar in the UK as I’m also a big fan on the film!

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      1. Shocker on the train tonight. Moon in Cancer now. Will be full by the end of the weekend in Virgo


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