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Bonsoir! Secret Cinema's 'Moulin Rouge!' opened last night in London

Secret Cinema 'Moulin Rouge!'
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A top secret venue in east London has been transformed into the famous Parisian dance club the Moulin Rouge for Secret Cinema's latest run, which kicked off last night.

Come what may, lovers (friends and housemates etc) spent Valentine's evening at the first night of the new immersive cinema experience, which takes ticket holders to the hedonistic heights of the 1890s. Tickets are still on sale for a number of dates between now and the end of April - and if you want to know what to expect from the night, look no further than social media. 

Photos are banned inside the event itself but that hasn't stopped Londoners from snapping photos of their impressive costumes: 


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Revellers have also shared images of their journeys to the event:


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Their arrival, via the Parisian metro...


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And the entrance to the Moulin Rouge, which comes complete with its very own makeshift Eiffel Tower. 


One night in Paris 1899. #secretcinema

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Bon soir from Le Moulin Rouge. Sshhhhh #secretcinema #happyvalentinesday

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When it comes to be experience itself, it seems last night's attendees were pretty impressed:

Sounds like you might want to stuff a packet of tissues down your corset before your go...

Here's eight things you need to know about Secret Cinema's 'Moulin Rouge!' 



Georgie Tastemaker

I went last night and have to say it is an incredible night of entertainment, fun and music! The attention to detail is spot on - not a detail has been left unaccounted for. The set design is superb - you really feel like you're walking through the romantic streets of Paris, and the effort everyone puts into their costumes is really impressive. They have cast the characters extremely well and it is incredibly clever the way they have incorporated the acting alongside the film. Some parts are quite beautiful and very cleverly done.

As I learnt at previous Secret Cinema events, the cost of an evening at one of these events is so much more than just the price of the ticket. Wine starts at £25 a bottle and the white tastes like complete piss. Prosecco is £40 a bottle which seems ridiculous. Food is a mix of prices - crepes from £2.50 up to burgers over a tenner. Prepare to spend! 

My night was only mildly spoilt by a group of over excited girls who insisted on loudly narrating the entire film WORD FOR WORD, out of sequence while it was being shown. A request to those planning to attend: don't be those girls. Chill out and enjoy the performance, don't try and BE the performance. That's not the point of the night.

Jane B

Social media hype is sooo true!!! Went on Thursday and was best of the four secret cinema events I've been too! I went as a creature so in standing area.... absolute best place to be if you want to sing, dance and mingle! Some of our group had the seated tickets but we had way more fun! Can't reveal all the best bits, but just goooo and above all love :) :)

Billy H

Went last night. This is actually the worst Secret Cinema event I have been to. The sets only consisted of shops and bars - no rooms to act out scenes in; you only get access to certain areas if you pay more; and you don't get a seat for the film - standing room only for more than two hours.

A real let-down.