virtual reality movie theater

Virtual reality theaters have been around for a little while now. Last year, /Film’s Peter Sciretta wrote about visiting IMAX’s flagship VR Experience Center in Los Angeles, a physical location where you can don a headset and a haptic backpack to play VR games in pods rented by the hour. But Paramount Pictures has collaborated with companies like Oculus, Samsung, and Microsoft to launch a new virtual reality movie theater that you can visit without leaving your couch. Could this be another step toward phasing out the theatrical experience altogether?
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star wars secrets of the empire

Lucasfilm, ILMxLAB, and The VOID are giving you the chance to truly travel to a galaxy far, far away with the Star Wars Secrets of the Empire virtual reality experience, debuting at Walt Disney World Resort in December and at the Disneyland Resort in January.

Dubbed a “hyper-reality” experience, Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire takes users on a risky mission going undercover as stormtroopers to retrieve Imperial intelligence. Not sold? Lucasfilm has just released a trailer for the experience and has opened ticket sales.

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Star Wars Secrets of the Empire

We know that the future of Star Wars storytelling is going to be told using virtual reality, and now Lucasfilm has taken another step toward crafting a completely immersive experience that transports the user into a galaxy far, far away. They’ve teamed up with ILMxLAB and a company called The Void and have announced Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, a new multi-sensory, hyper-reality experience that’s set to open later this year at the Disney resorts. This sounds like it could be pretty incredible.
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Breaking Bad - RV

We’re still in the midst of the Peak TV era, and while our television screens are practically bursting with a multitude of fantastic new television shows seemingly every day, one show still stands above the rest for me. I consider Breaking Bad to be a major contender for the title of the greatest television show of all time. But as much as I love it, I’m hesitant about ever seeing a revival of the series; I’d much rather see something like Better Call Saul, a spin-off set in the same universe that’s allowed to carve out its own identity.

But a virtual reality experience? That’s a different story. Now we have word that showrunner Vince Gilligan is developing a piece of VR storytelling that might continue the saga of drug kingpin Walter White and the tormented Jesse Pinkman. Read everything we know about the Breaking Bad VR experience below.
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Alejandro G Inarritu VR project Carne y Arena

We’ve covered a handful of VR experiences here on the site, but I’ve never heard of anything quite like the new virtual reality project that Birdman and The Revenant director Alejandro G. Iñárritu has cooked up. It’s called Carne y Arena, and it’s the first VR installation to screen in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival. The New York Times has an excellent breakdown of the experience, which spans three separate rooms and includes a walk-in freezer and a sand-covered floor as it gives you the perspective of migrants crossing the United States/Mexico border. Read the highlights below.
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justice league aquaman get vr deal

The Justice League may be expanding beyond the silver screen.

IMAX and Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday a new virtual reality production agreement to “develop and release three premium, interactive VR experiences” based on Justice League, Aquaman and a third unannounced experience. The first project, Justice League VR, is set to be launched in 2017, after which the companies plan to release one “experience” per year. Let’s run down everything we know.

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Virtual Reality Movies

Virtual reality technology has been making a comeback in a big way with the Oculus VR hitting shelves along with Samsung and PlayStation creating their own devices for the immersive innovation in entertainment. Slowly but surely, the technology is starting to make its way into filmmaking as VR movies have been playing at various film festivals recently.

However, director Steven Spielberg doesn’t sound too keen on the technology making its way into cinemas and he believes it could be “dangerous” to the nature of storytelling. Read the Steven Spielberg’s remarks on virtual reality movies remarks after the jump. Read More »