Star Trek Beyond Barco Escape

Next week brings Star Trek Beyond to theaters, and it sounds like the movie gets the franchise back on track after Star Trek Into Darkness stumbled a bit. Director Justin Lin is at the helm of the franchise, reinvigorating the sci-fi universe that was rebooted back in 2009 by J.J. Abrams. In a few days we’ll find out if fans like the movie as much as critics have so far, but plans for Star Trek 4 are already in the works, so Paramount Pictures must be pretty confident.

Since Star Trek Beyond has the benefit of hitting theaters during the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the original series, it only makes sense that the sci-fi property that influenced the world of technology gets presented in a still experimental new format. We already heard Star Trek Beyond would get the three-screen Barco Escape treatment, and now a trailer teases just what that experience will be like for audiences near one of the just over a dozen locations that houses it.

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Star Trek Beyond Barco Escape

Back in 2014, a company called Barco teamed up with 20th Century Fox to debut The Maze Runner as the first film to use their new format called Barco Escape. Using three different screens, Barco Escape attempts to immerse audiences even more deeply into any given film by adding images on the left and right of the primary screen in front of you, creating a panoramic experience in theaters.

Now Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot are the next to give the format a shot by releasing Star Trek Beyond in the experimental Barco Escape format this summer. Get details on the special Star Trek Beyond Barco Escape release below. Read More »

Lady Gaga Muppets 2

The latest attempt to enhance your theatrical movie experience is already expanding. Last week, Peter and I told you all about Barco Escape, a new theatrical innovation that expands the normal movie screening with extensions on each side of the main screen. The result is a huge panoramic experience unlike anything you can see anywhere else. Barco Escape us currently playing at only five theaters in the U.S. with The Maze Runner, but the company has just announced one of its next events.

Barco Escape has specifically filmed a concert featuring Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett in the format and will debut it in early 2015. Read more about the Lady Gaga Barco Escape concert below. Read More »

Barco Escape

At some point, movie theaters found themselves in the unfortunate position of playing catch up. Where theaters were once the epicenter for entertainment, rising ticket prices and the exponential improvement of home theater technology have all but pushed them to the endangered species list.

Innovation was needed. IMAX was a good start. A screen so big no home can duplicate it. 3D is a mixed bag. It’s more expensive and, frankly, better in the home setting. Sound systems such as Dolby Atmos are great, but most of what makes it special is very nuisanced.

So what’s next? Well, it might be Barco Escape, a technology influenced by the super Cinerama craze of the 1960s, where an additional screen is placed on either side of your normal screen, giving a massive panoramic experience. The first film to be presented in Barco Escape is this week’s release, The Maze Runner. Five theaters across the country are offering the film in Barco Escape and myself and Peter Sciretta just had to try it out for ourselves.

Below, read more about Barco Escape and watch a video blog of our thoughts, criticisms and praise for what the company is calling “a little taste of the future.” Read More »