The secret Wapping cinema location was revealed last night when an estimated 2,000 people met at Wapping overground Station at 6.30pm.
“Unknown cultural movement” banners were carried by marchers up Wapping Lane to banjos, violins, singing and dancing as the crowd was directed to Tobacco Dock.
Cinema goers picked up newspapers dated Friday 11th February 1948 where front page news was “The Battle for the Freedom to Create”.
Wapping’s Tobacco Dock wakes up
Residents on our Facebook Page noticed a 10th – 27th February licensing application posted on the gate outside Tobacco Dock last week.
Like Secret Cinema goers, we could only speculate what was happening as lanterns started appearing on the pirate ship outside Tobacco Dock a few days ago, but the reason became clear last night.
Inside E1W’s Secret Cinema
The big question is, what was showing in Wapping’s new Secret Cinema at Tobacco Dock?
Unique and changing the way we watch films; but like the name says the showing must remain secret…
Live for the moment
“Dream, create, play, act, paint , write” were the instructions from 1948 newspaper “Unknown Movement”.
Jolly fairground music played in the background and talented musicians accompanied amazing performances in rooms spread across Grade 1 listed Tobacco Dock’s two floors.
Dressed to impress and above a pile of sticky black tar hidden in a corner, even the skeleton looked elegant with his toes pointed.
The future for Wapping’s Tobacco Dock
Tobacco Dock was last alive during the 2010 International Tatoo Convention in September having been dormant for most of the year, but how much longer can it sleep?
What about the Wapping Residents?
Apart from the initial march down Wapping Lane around 6.30pm the event doesn’t seem to have caused a problem for residents so far.
There were more complaints this week about construction lorries at 21 Wapping Lane leaving their engines running outside flats than than any mention of noise yesterday.
This morning Tobacco Dock is sleeping again and the boundries boarded up. But activity at the Secret Cinema will continue until 27th February according to the licensing application.
What do you think about the secret Tobacco Dock location?
Did you experienced any noise issues or disturbances from the event?
Do you like the Secret Cinema?
Farewell Secret Cinema
The last showing has now taken place and the secret can be revealed.