This screening of The Shining in Harrow Arts Centre’s Elliott Hall was billed as an immersive production, which really intrigued me. I hardly ever go to the cinema these days, but this concept seemed interesting, and sounded like it would be more theatrical.
Created by EtCinema, the production was staffed by actors in costume, and before taking our seats we were taken on a “tour” of the hotel into which the Arts Centre had supposedly transformed for the evening. I did think this bit could have been handled better as it seemed a bit pointless and it meant that guests were stuck in the bar for ages just waiting to be taken in.
Once we were finally seated, the Hall proved an excellent venue for cinema screenings, with a giant screen and great sound. The film itself was great (I’d never actually seen it before) and the event organisers had added to it by having characters appear beneath the screen or within the audience at various points during the film. I feel I should point out at this point that the screening cost no more than a normal cinema visit would – and less than many central London screenings – so taking this into account it was excellent value. Overall the evening was good fun, and though I think it could have been organised better, I did enjoy it.