Photos from the Undercity: capturing the Secret Cinema Arcane event
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It’s no secret that Riot Games went all out promoting its new show, Arcane. It partnered with everyone, quite almost literally. Riot put Jinx in Fortnite (and brought League of Legends to the Epic Store, too); it made Arcane impostors in Among Us; it put Arcane in PUBG: Mobile; there were exclusive Arcane Magic: The Gathering cards.

Riot partnered with non-gaming properties too, featuring Bud Light, Fenty Beauty and Compartés Chocolatier. It put Arcane in all of it own games as well, including Legends of Runeterra, Wild Rift, VALORANT and eventually Teamfight Tactics. And finally, Riot created an immersive theatre event in partnership with Secret Cinema, bringing the Undercity to life.

Undercity Nights The Last Drop from Arcane
We drank – and did some eavesdropping – at The Last Drop. | Provided by Parkes Ousley

Just before the last episodes dropped, Riot invited influencers and media from around the globe to enter Runeterra and the Undercity through its Secret Cinema event. Streamers and pros flew from all over the globe to immerse themselves in the lore firsthand. In a studio tucked away in the middle of Los Angeles, Zaun came to life.

Riot and the Secret Cinema crew had us running all over the Undercity, working with Silco to produce more shimmer, with Deckard to gather intelligence on the defiers and take control of the Undercity, with Renni and Finn to take power and with Vi to overthrow the whole damn nation. There were drinks, there were fights and there was a whole lot of deception. (And smoke, there was a lot of smoke.)

They had us solving puzzles, escaping traps, double-crossing and triple-crossing our fearless leaders, doing chemistry and algebra (bring your smart friend), running shimmer and avoiding the hell out of enforcers. But most of all, they had us lost in Runeterra and the Undercity of Arcane for a few exhilarating hours.

There are ten days left for the rest of Secret Cinema’s Arcane: Enter the Undercity event, which has run almost daily since it started the weekend before Thanksgiving. If you live in LA, or if you’re eager enough to fly here, you can find tickets on the website. Otherwise, take a scroll through the Undercity below, with photos of the event taken by Parkes Ousley.

Undercity Nights arcane event promotionA close up of Vi's fists and the Jinx minigun at the Undercity Nights Arcane EventThe set of the Undercity Nights Arcane event in partnership with Secret CinemaVi's lost toy hangs on the set of Undercity Nights Arcane EventPiltover's Progress Day is celebrated on the Secret Cinema setProgress Day props on the Secret Cinema setJayce's Lab on the Secret Cinema setA closeup showing details of the labSinged's workshop on the Secret Cinema setSinged's Workshop on the Secret Cinema setBenzos place on the Secret Cinema setJinx and Vi walk through the mist at Undercity Nights Arcane EventDeckard is a bigger part of the Arcane Secret Cinema eventJinx walks through a crowd at Undercity Nights Arcane EventA character speaking at Undercity Nights Arcane EventFinn and Deckard at Secret Cinema's Arcane Undercity eventCharacters fighting at the Undercity Nights Arcane EventAn enforcer at the Undercity Nights Arcane EventCharacters from the Undercity Nights Arcane EventThe crowd walking through Undercity Nights Arcane EventAnother shot of The Last Drop at the Undercity Nights Arcane Event An Arcane mural behind the bar

The Secret Cinema Arcane event ends on Dec. 19. Make sure to get your tickets soon, and don’t forget the comfy clothes and hiking boots. There’s no room for flip-flops in the Undercity. Whether you steal shimmer or help create it, you’ll be on your feet.

League of Legends esports reporter and photographer for half a decade. Sometimes I try to touch grass.
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