Forbidden Planet New Oxford Street Grand opening

16 July 1988

On Saturday July 16th 1988, Forbidden Planet moved to larger premises in New Oxford Street. Combining the resources of its two previous stores in Denmark street and St. Giles High Street resulted in a larger science fiction book section and a fully comprehensive comics department. Adam West (TV's Batman) was invited to cut the ribbon, while special guests included visual effects ace Ray Harryhausen, and the stars from the Tim Burton movie Beetlejuice 

(Below) Guest of honour Adam West (Batman in the 1960s cult TV series) chats with  Nick Landau.

(Below) Monsters from the movie Beetlejuice mingled with the customers.

(Below) Adam West signing Batman comics.

(Below) Forbidden Planet's Nick Landau (left) in conversation with the master of stop-motion animation, Ray Harryhausen.

(Below) One of the many props on display in the new store included Pinhead from Clive Barker's movie Hellraiser.

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