TV & Movies

Buckle Up, Melbourne Just Got Its First Dedicated VR Cinema

By James Shackell - 06 Jul 2018


The Australian film industry might be in financial freefall, but there’s nothing wrong with its cinema industry.

Just this year we’ve welcomed Thornbury Picture House, not to mention pop-up cinemas, drive-in cinema food truck dinosaur carnivals (not even kidding) and record choc-top sales at places like Nova, The Astor, Lido and Westgarth. Half of those choc-tops were boysenberry, and half of those boysenberry were me.

Well now you can add Virtual Reality to that list, because there’s a new VR cinema on Johnston St in Collingwood.​

 

It’s called The Virtual Reality Cinema (makes sense) and it’s an independent space screening a select program of VR shorts and features.

How does a VR cinema work? It’s kind of technical. Picture a small room with 12 fancy swivel chairs, each with a VR headset ready to roll. The room is equipped with seven points of 3D/Positional Audio to trick your ears into thinking it’s all real.

A film screen simultaneously on all 12 headsets at once—you can swivel and look around, even see other participants. The plan is to screen 4-6 short VR movies in a single sitting. The whole thing should run for about 30-40 mins. It sounds flipping amazing (check out the current shorts for more info).

How much will it cost? Not too shabby really—$16.50pp for the complete program. You can check out upcoming session times here. The guys also have a small courtyard bar out back

Interestingly, the guys are also big on supporting upcoming VR filmmakers (we didn’t even know this was a genre). If you’ve got a production in mind, The Virtual Reality Cinema can hire out 360 Cameras and producer packs, and you can submit your finished work for screening.

Want to learn more? Hop on their website and get booking. We have a feeling this thing’s gonna go off...

Image credit: Samuel Zeller

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