Secret Cinema Cancels Back To The Future Opener
Film lovers have reacted with fury after an immersive cinema firm cancelled the opening night of its Back To The Future event hours before it was due to start.
Secret Cinema, posting on its Facebook page, apologised to ticket holders and said it was "devastated" to have to cancel the showing.
It said: "Due to unavoidable circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to receive guests at tonight's show of Secret Cinema presents Back To The Future.
"We are devastated to make this announcement and sincerely apologise for having to announce it at this late stage.
"We are working tirelessly to ensure that this spectacular event will go ahead tomorrow evening.
"For those who were due to attend tonight's Opening Night, we understand that this is hugely disappointing and we are offering you to come back on another show night."
Ticket holders, who were due to meet at Hackney Wick station before being taken to a secret location to watch the film, reacted angrily to the late cancellation.
Rowan Middleton-Leal, writing on the company's Facebook page, said: "We have travelled from the Isle of Wight with our two young children, paid for (and are in!) our hotel for the night.
"This has cost us £170 in tickets, £100 in train and ferry fares, £250 in hotel and we bought outfits.
"Cancellations happen at any event, but two hours beforehand? Seriously?"
Arran Essex wrote: "I'm sorry but just putting 'unavoidable circumstances beyond our control' shows no respect to the people who have bought tickets, costumes, props, paid for travel, paid for accommodation and any others costs.
"Surely you could just be honest with everyone who has put faith and money into your organisation?"
Secret Cinema was started by Fabien Riggall in 2007. It takes film fans and immerses them into the world of the film they have come to watch.
Productions include Paranoid Park, staged in tunnels underneath London Bridge, and Lawrence of Arabia which was shown at Alexandra Palace and featured an entire souk.