Star Wars actor Mike Quinn (Credit: Jamie Morris & Alex Mace)

An actor from the Star Wars franchise is celebrating the arrival of a new geek culture hub in Nottingham.

Mike Quinn, who plays an alien pilot in films such as Return of the Jedi and the upcoming Rise of Skywalker, appeared at Geek Retreat to commemorate its grand opening. 

Geek Retreat in Flying Horse Walk is a hybrid between gaming cafe and comic book store.

The newly opened venue featured Quinn as a special guest for eager fans who came along on day one to meet and greet.

“It’s amazing,” he said about Geek Retreat.

“I heard they pulled this place together in no time at all and it’s a great space!”

Quinn explained that he heard about the store from a friend, whose son now works there.

He said: “I’m local to Nottingham right now so it was the perfect opportunity to be here on launch day.”

Store owners Graham Palk, Owen Hildyard-Todd and Ross T Price set up a Nottingham branch under the existing Geek Retreat brand when their board game clubs became too big for the venues they had at the time.

Graham said: “I’m so amazed the community has come out to join us. 

“The first hour alone has been an absolute blast of people just filling the place up it’s so lively. I’m so pleased.”

Geek Retreat is open from the morning up until the evening every day. 

Mike Quinn will be appearing in Rise of Skywalker when it comes to cinemas on December 19.

“I know some of what’s in there,” he said. 

“It’s going to be amazing.”