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Movie Pop-Up Wonderland Debuts in Houston as First of Its Kind — Inside Movietopia

This is Much More Than a Souvenir Treasure Trove, It's Famous Movies Come to Life

BY // 11.04.19

I was not about to stick my head out of the rear of Ace Ventura’s rhino for a souvenir photo from the spanking new Movietopia, the latest interactive entertainment from the folks who brought us Candytopia. But I was game to jump into the Indiana Jones inspired snake pit and stand on the bow of the Titantic for memory-making photos.

Hello, Movietopia which as of this past weekend has transformed the former Candytopia site at the Marq’E Entertainment Center into a movie lover’s paradise with memorabilia, references and real life experiences from more than 50 movies.

From something as simple as Rhett Butler’s famous “Frankly Scarlett, I don’t give a damn” quote to something as participatory as gliding into Ferris Bueller‘s Ferrari, there is entertainment for, pardon the cliché, the entire family. The kiddos will love jumping into the Flinstone-mobile, while the youngest might be frightened by the brigade of bloody Arnold Schwarzenegger terminators on display.

Great fun was sliding down the listing deck of the Titantic and landing in the arms of a giant teddy bear. Likewise, was diving into a boatload of faux shrimp in a nod to Forrest Gump‘s adventures.

Equally game for many of the immersive opportunities on this night were Debbie and Roger Clemens, their sons and daughter-in-law Callie Clemens. The Friday night VIP opening was the launch of the first Movietopia in the country, a partnership between Planet Hollywood and Candytopia.

“Given the success of Candytopia’s Houston residency, we felt it was the perfect opportunity to debut this one-of-a-kind experience and love for motion pictures,” Giovanni Yruela, president of Partnerships & Alliances, Earl Enterprises, told PaperCity in advance of the opening. “We are honored that the city of Houston has already shown so much enthusiasm and we can’t wait to open our doors.”

Note to visitors: The staff is beyond friendly, helpful and full of fun. And that’s a plus for any entertainment center.

The Movietopia 411

Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 10 pm with last tickets sold at 8:30 pm; Sunday 11 am to 10 pm, last ticket sold at 8:30 pm.

Tickets: Adults $28, children aged 4 to 12, $10, children 3 and under free.

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