Miami, Nov 4 (EFE).- The historic Alfred I. DuPont Building in downtown Miami is the first venue in the United States to host “Money Heist: The Experience,” an immersive attraction based on the critically acclaimed and wildly popular Netflix bank-robbery series.
The first-person superproduction gives fans of that Spanish series, whose original title is “La casa de papel,” the chance to wear the now-iconic red jumpsuits of “La Banda,” don Salvador Dali masks and carry out a danger-filled robbery of an emblematic location.
After being recruited by Lisbon, the character played by Spanish actress Itziar Ituño who appears in a video, the participants interact with a group of around 30 actors as if they were inside one of the series’ adrenaline-filled scenes.
The experience includes imitation firearms for stage use by the actors and various effects, including gunshot and explosion sounds and flashing lights.
The experience unfolds in an area of more than 6,500 square feet (over 600 square meters) and leads the participants to a vault with a 50,000-pound (22,700-kilogram) door.
The 17-story Alfred I. DuPont building, an art deco skyscraper that was completed in 1939 and has marble walls and floors and hand-painted Cypress wood ceilings, was selected due to its rectangular shape and resemblance to the Royal Mint of Spain, the first target of “The Professor” and his gang in the first two seasons of the series.
“Money Heist: The Experience,” which had its world debut in Paris in July, premiered in Miami last Friday and drew more than 2,000 people on its first weekend, according to Valeria Ventosa, the attraction’s stage director.
The result of a collaboration between Netflix and Spanish events and experience technology company Fever, that immersive event will remain in Miami until Dec. 30 before moving on to New York and Los Angeles.
Globally, that attraction will debut this week in London and is scheduled to arrive later in cities including Sao Paulo, Singapore, Rome and Madrid.
The first part of the fifth and final season of “Money Heist,” which had been Netflix’s most-watched non-English series until it was overtaken by the South Korean survival drama series “Squid Game,” kicked off in September.
The five-episode second part will be released on Netflix on Dec. 3 and bring an end to what has been called the most famous heist in the history of Spanish television. EFE