Time dilation effect means Interstellar takes 23 years to watch

Cinemagoers watching sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar have staggered out of the film after almost a quarter of a century to find that only a few hours had passed outside.

The massive gravity of Oscar-winning stars Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain crushes spacetime in screenings, meaning that those inside experience time passing at a much slower rate.

Stephen Malley of Stockport said: “By the time the first bit about corn and dust had finished it already felt like I’d been sitting in that same cinema seat for years and years.

“And during Anne Hathaway’s big speech about love being one of the fundamental forces of the universe, I could feel my skin tightening and wrinkling, my eyes failing and my hearing going, which frankly was something of a relief.

“But when I left the cinema it was just a few hours later and my wife couldn’t understand why my hair was grey and I had two teenage daughters with the woman from the seat in front.”

Multiplex manager Donna Sheridan said: “Cinemas are no strangers to bending reality, like the pocket hyperinflationary universes we create to convince you paying £8.50 for a big Coke and popcorn is perfectly reasonable.”