For thirty years French theme park Futuroscope has been thrilling visitors with its multimedia experiences and unique, dynamic rides. To mark the start of its fourth decade, a new €11million state-of-the-art audiovisual experience has opened. Originally opened in 1992 under the name of The Magic Carpet, the multi-million Euro update of Futuroscope’s IMAX cinema has seen it reinvented as L'Extraordinaire Voyage (The Extraordinary Journey).
Positron unveiled a new scent application for its Voyager cinematic virtual reality chair during a sneak peek at two-time Oscar and Grammy winner A.R. Rahman’s upcoming VR musical Le Musk at the National Association of Broadcasters convention underway in Las Vegas. Rahman is the first director to take advantage of commissioned scents on the platform.
Christie has announced that James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment has renewed an exclusive, five-year agreement with the company for sharing know-how and technology to propel the future of immersive cinema experiences. “To push the boundary of digital cinema, one needs visionary, like-minded collaborators and that description fits Christie to a tee, given its long cinema heritage and impressive list of industry ‘firsts’ in the projection and visual display realms,” said Cameron. “Several years ago we began our relationship, which has worked well, so I’m pleased to be forging ahead again with Christie at my side.”
The message from Barco at CinemaCon 2017 is that the company is delivering the future of cinema today, powering immersive entertainment experiences from the lobby to the auditorium and beyond. Featuring the brightest RGB Flagship and smart laser projectors, immersive digital lobby experiences, a unique panoramic storytelling platform, and lifelike 3D sound, Barco raises the bar for memorable movie experiences.
CJ 4DPlex has partnered with Nordisk Film Kino to bring its immersive 4DX theatre technology featuring moving seats and environmental effects to Norway for the first time. The newest 4DX site will be at the Ringen theatre in Oslo, with 140 4DX seats to be installed in time for a March opening. The first title, currently scheduled in the 4DX format at this theatre, is Kong: The Skull Island.
Immersive cinema seating is one of the fastest growing trends in mainstream motion picture exhibition and shows no signs of slowing. Translating the action on the screen into what a viewer experiences in the seat is no simple task and requires the hard work of many talented people. To learn more about that process, I recently spoke, via email, with Catherine Yi, creative director of 4DX America.
Dolby Laboratories and The Walt Disney Studios today announced that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, in theatres December 16, will be available in more than 50 Dolby Cinema locations around the globe.
CJ 4DPlex, makers of dynamic seating for movie theatres, has merged with Simuline, a company that creates rides and simulators for the attraction industry. With the merger, CJ 4DPlex hopes to expand its business beyond immersive cinema, including, virtual reality and other areas of the attraction industry.
Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé – the number one cinema chain operator in France, the Netherlands and Switzerland – will open France’s first CJ 4DPlex 4DX theatre early next year. The theatre will be located at brand new Pathé’s La Villette multiplex in Paris, which is opening mid-December 2016. This location is the largest cinema in Northern Paris, with 16 screens and 2,900 seats.
Responding to the growing popularity of home theater systems with immersive sound, Sony Pictures Post Production Services has added a new mix stage dedicated to next-generation home theater audio formats. Located on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, the new stage is designed to simulate a home theater environment and equipped to master feature film and television projects in Dolby Atmos, Auro-3D and other immersive sound formats. This new room has been used to prepare several feature titles for Blu-ray Disc, 4K Ultra HD Disc, and digital delivery.