Star Wars actor Mike Quinn (Credit: Jamie Morris)

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

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. 

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

The new venue opened on Saturday, November 30, featuring Quinn as a special guest for eager fans who came along on day one to meet and greet.

“It’s amazing,” Quinn 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 11:00am-10:30pm on weekdays, 10am-8pm on Saturdays and 10am-7pm on Sundays so people can game and connect with fans of geek culture at a time that suits them best.

Some avid Star Wars fans even travelled from outside of Nottingham to meet Mike Quinn and try out Nottingham’s new geek culture hub.

“I think it’s a great venue for someone like me who likes a bit of geek culture, especially with Belong being gone now,” said Bethany Beeson, 20, from Derby, referring to the recent closure of Hockley’s Belong Gaming Arena.

“I feel like it’s a great place for people to go and hang out and express their views on different things like comics and games.”

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.”