Easter pop-up Cinema and secret bar inside Dukes street arcade

Adding to their growing reputation for using forgotten locations to stage unforgettable events, Lost Lands Cinema are inviting us to lose ourselves this Easter. They are holding screenings of two classic films, Donnie Darko and Labyrinth, in Cardiff’s historic Duke Street Arcade. There will be a collection of new pop-up bars and cafés to launch keep everyone refreshed throughout the night.

First opened to the public in 1885, Duke Street Arcade is an important part of local heritage. Frequented by shoppers and wanderers every day of the week, the arcade is such an inherent feature of Cardiff life we risk taking it for granted. Owners of the arcade are hoping to remind us what an extraordinary place it is, with the arcade staying open later than usual so everyone can make the most of the great atmosphere.

First up, on March 29th, will be a showing of the eighties cult classic Labyrinth, starring David Bowie at his otherworldly best.

Then on April 1st, for those of us who prefer our rabbits to be less cuddly than the Easter Bunny, there will be a screening of  another cult favourite, Donnie Darko.

To ensure everyone is suitably catered for; food and refreshments will be available from some of the arcade’s current residents, such as Garlands Café, Bwyta Bwyd Bombai, Nine Yards.  New arrivals to the arcade include Ruin Café bar and gallery, Papanache Romanian Cafe and a new concept from the guys at The Dead Canary cocktail bar called Death and Entrances .

The concept behind The Dead Canary’s new bar is a well-kept secret, however what we do know is that they are aiming to put a very different spin on what passes for a modern cocktail bar. Named after the poem by welsh poet Dylan Thomas, the bar will run for three months with a reservation policy, serving a collection of crafted cocktails.

Whether you go for the films, the food and drinks, or simply the fun of it all, Lost Lands Cinema will guarantee you two great evenings this Easter.

Tickets for the Cinema are £7.50 +booking fee –  Lostlands website