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The Virtual Reality Cinema

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by Mia Ferreira (subscribe)
Born in Madeira, raised in Sydney, living in Melbourne and dreaming of Bali...
Published August 6th 2018
I was not expecting to be mauled by a lion or have a gun held to my head... but it was Collingwood, on a Saturday night after all!

But seriously...

That's exactly what happened to me tonight - from the safety and comfort of my revolving chair at the Virtual Reality Cinema!

Set up in Maggies Artspace on Johnstone St, the cinema caters for just 12 people at a time. Putting on my 3D goggles and headphones, I was instantly transported into 4 different worlds, eerily suspended in the middle of each film scene happening in front, behind and on either side of me.

3D cinema
3D Cinema Collingwood


I'm sure I would have felt quite dizzy, if I had just been spinning on my own, but curiosity kept me turning again, and again, to check out all the angles and details of each film.

There were a few shorter films of a few minutes and two longer films about 5 or so minutes each. All up, the whole experience was about 25 minutes - a great pre-dinner show, that will give you plenty to chat about.

I had not experienced 3D technology and quite enjoyed the immersive experience, as we followed the Wilderbeasts cross the African plains as part of their annual migration. I came face to face with rotting carcasses, wild cheetahs and lions - some of whom were happy to lazily sprawl at my feet, while one in particular, preferred to make me his dinner!

The film, where a bunch of no-good crooks were playing a game of chicken with a loaded gun had me nervous from the beginning...

I braced myself each time the trigger was pulled for someone's insides to be sprayed across the room. So, you can imagine my surprise and terror when I found myself staring down the barrel of the pistol at the end... I sure hope that never happens in real life, I feel like the 3D version was real enough, thank you!

Whether you want to check out the 3D technology or try something different next weekend, I recommend you pop in and check it out.

Shows run on Saturday and Sunday only and cost $16.50 per person. There's a bunch of other 3D films - including one about RONE (popular street artist) that I may pop back to check out. Book online and find out more at: virtualrealitycinema.com.au/?page_id=8952

3D cinema
3D Cinema Collingwood

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When: Weekends
Where: 178 Johnstone St Collingwood
Cost: 16.50
Your Comment
What fun, Mia!
by Elaine (score: 3|5318) 13 days ago
Great article Mia. Loved the fun tone of your piece.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5146) 12 days ago
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