Pop-ups and events happening across US to ring in 'Friends' 25th anniversary

Aug 21 2019, 11:31 pm

If it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month, or even your year — head to the US to be with ‘Friends’ to make it better.

In celebration of the show’s 25th anniversary next month, Warner Bros. has partnered with a variety of companies for a series of special events, screenings and pop-ups of the iconic series.

Ending after 10 seasons in 2004 (Yes, 15 years ago), ‘Friends’ is still that show you can relate to today — when you’re going through heartbreak, hurdles in your career, and turning to your pals for support because they have become your family.

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Now you have a chance to see ‘Friends’ on the big screen across the US in cities including New York and Los Angeles, decorate your place with Rachel’s apothecary table from Pottery Barn, and pour yourself a cup of Central Perk coffee. Can this BE more exciting?

So pack your bags, pivot to the nearest airport, and board the plane with the phalange — because here’s what’s happening:


The one with the movie theatre

There are ‘Friends’ screenings happening at select theatres starting next month.

Tickets are on sale online at Fathom Event’s website — a dozen ‘Friends’ episodes are hitting US movie theatres on September 23, 28 and October 2, with each night screening four ‘Friends’ episodes that have been remastered in 4K from the original 35mm camera negatives — with never-before seen extras.

More than 1,400 theatres are participating — amounting to over 200,000 seats each night — in cities including New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Washington, Miami, Portland, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Las Vegas, to name a few.

The one with the pop-ups

In Santa Monica, California, people have been lining up around the block for the Central Perk pop-up — The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf created a ‘Friends’ experience, the orange couch included.

Can you see your IG ‘likes’ blow up yet?

Seasonal specialty drinks have also been named for the cast: The Rachel Matcha Latte, The Chandler Caramel Coconut Latte, The Phoebe Cookies & Cream Ice Blended Drink, The Joey Mango Cold Brew Tea, The Monica Midnight Mocha Cold Brew, and The Ross Classic Flat White.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf also held the pop-up in West Hollywood.


Tickets sold out in two hours for a separate event in New York, called “The One with the Pop-up,” an immersive experience located in Manhattan.

Opening on September 7 and running until October 6, the pop-up includes Central Perk, iconic looks for Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey and Ross, and props for photos — you can even peek through Monica and Rachel’s purple door and relax on Chandler and Joey’s recliner.

The one with the furniture

If you can’t make the IRL events, don’t worry — you can bring a piece of ‘Friends’ to your home with decor.

Just be discreet when you order online so Phoebe doesn’t see where the goods are from since she was not the biggest fan.

Pottery Barn has created merchandise ranging from mugs, throw pillows, canvas art prints — and the beloved Apothecary Coffee Table that Rachel lied to Phoebe about, saying she got it from a flea market.


The one with the Lego

LEGO is creating a collectible set that is going on sale September 1.


One set includes the Central Perk coffee shop with the six ‘Friends,’ and Gunther!
The coffee shop will include the couch, the coffee table, armchair, two other chairs, coffee machine, mugs, and TV studio — also the stage where Phoebe sang Smelly Cat.

Sing ‘Smelly Cat,’ as you construct the stage where Phoebe performed her popular song!

The one with the jewelry

Wear your favourite ‘Friends’ one-liners and memories with accessories created by eco-conscious brand Alex and Ani.

The company created a seven-piece ‘Friends’ line of charm bracelets to celebrate the anniversary — they include themes such as “You’re my lobster,” the Central Perk logo, and Joey’s “how you doin?” to name a few.

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