Biggest ever programme of ‘live’ cinema events in the North to be held in Leeds this Summer!

By July 7, 2014

Film, TV & Tech. Leeds.


“This is the Holy Grail of all Holy Grail screenings!” Monty Python’s Michael Palin

We have been waiting with baited breath for the announcement of Sneaky Experience’s next events programme. Well the time has come, and it looks like it’s going to be their largest and most ambitious string of live cinema events to date. Expect beaches on Leeds Dock, King Arthur and walkie-talkie hats. If you are yet to discover Sneaky Experience, you are certainly in for a treat!

Established in 2011, Sneaky Experience is the largest producer of live cinema experiences in the North of England. The company provide adventurous pop-up cinema screenings to audiences of all ages in unique and inspiring locations. Providing new ways of seeing and remembering a range of films, Sneaky blends elements of film and interactive performance to create a theatrical cinema experience for everybody to enjoy. Past productions include Top Gun, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alien and Dirty Dancing to name a few.

But 2014 sees the company’s biggest ever programme of live cinema in the North, come to Leeds. The season will feature outdoor cinema screenings taking place at Kirkstall Abbey and the soon-to-be re-launched Leeds Dock (formerly Clarence Dock).

The Summer Season kicked off in June, with screenings of Ghostbusters and Amelie and July has even more to come. Onthe eve of Kirkstall Festival on Friday 11 July, Sneaky Experience will present Monty Python and the Holy Grailin the medieval splendour of Kirkstall Abbey. Coinciding with the Monty Python’s return to the stage at London’s O2 Arena (1 – 20 July), the event celebrates the weird and wonderful historical world of one of the Python’s most-loved films. Yorkshire’s own Python Michael Palin has even offered his support of the event – “This is the Holy Grail of all Holy Grail screenings. A big ‘Ni!’ from all the Knights!”

If you’re lucky enough to snap up tickets for the event, expect interactive encounters with characters from the film, including the Black Knight, the Knights who Say Ni, King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. There also promises to be a number of musical (and animal) encounters, along with food, drink, and famous Sneaky Experience fancy dress!

The Sneaky Summer Season continues with a mammoth double-event special on26 -27 July at Leeds Dock. In partnership with Allied London, Sneaky Experience will present two experiences based on the theme of water at Leeds Dock. The events will be the first time the UK can experience live cinematic productions of Steven Spielberg’s classic Jaws, and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, directed by Wes Anderson, of recent hit The Grand Budapest Hotel. Expect beaches, deckchairs, sea-faring fashion, orange bobble hats, and themed bars with food and drink. Be on the lookout for a shark or two, and Zissou-inspired walkie talkie hats.

“‘Live’ cinema has become such a huge part of London’s cultural scene, and we want people in the North to be able to have similar once-in-a-lifetime experiences, without the expense of travelling to the capital. Sneaky is somewhere between a theatre performance, a film screening, a musical and a party. It’s several big nights out in one, and our laid-back party atmosphere creates the best environment for you to throw caution to the wind and really get into the world of the film: fancy dress is actively encouraged!”Director of Sneaky Experience, Julia Benfield


Tickets are now on sale for the Sneaky Summer Season and are available from


Keep an eye on the website and follow on Twitter @sneakyexp for other announcements, and whether you choose an evening with the Knights who say Ni or in a deckchair at Leeds Dock, prepare yourself for a once-in-a-lifetime cinema experience!

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