The movie-watching experience has changed a fair bit over the last two years. And yet despite all the streaming services the novelty of watching a movie in a cinema remains unbeatable. In Sydney particularly, after what has been nearly half a year of being homebound, theatres are clamouring to find inventive ways to get people back in the seats. One such unique experience which is bound to pique your interest is the Wonderdome — a 360-degree pop up cinema built at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park which promises a cinematic experience like no other.
Presented by TEG live, the Wonderdome cinema has been around the world and been quite the crowd-pleaser at massive events like Coachella and Burning Man. Promising a virtual reality experience without the goggles, it is now set to take Sydney by storm by blending immersive visuals and cutting-edge technology to create a transformative multisensory experience. The dome will use 12 projectors and a surround sound system so they don’t use the word ‘immersive’ loosely.
Co-Founder Chris Deckker says that at Wonderdome “the boundaries of the screen are dissolved, allowing the viewer to become part of the film.”
“Viewers are immersed into multiple worlds, from thrilling rides through galaxies to emotive journeys navigating natural landscapes,” he adds.
Geoff Jones, CEO of TEG reiterates the sentiment by calling Wonderdome the future of cinema.
“We are delighted to be contributing to the reactivation of Sydney this summer by delivering such an innovative and exceptional experience at The Entertainment Quarter. This is the largest 360 projection cinema that Australia has ever seen and our slate of films has been carefully designed to provide something for everyone aged between 3 and 83. This is the future of cinema,” he says.
So what can you expect at Australia’s largest-ever 360-degree immersive cinema?
The stellar line-up includes the Australian production of Coral Rekindling Venus. You can also expect the David Attenborough-narrated Flying Monsters — quite literally about a flying monster, the pterosaurs. Psychedelic experience Samskara is also in the offing filled with magical creatures and mind-bending visuals. There will also be a children’s program including a Christmas-themed show Snowflake Adventure, so rest assured there’s something for everyone. Tickets go on sale as early as tomorrow so set your alarms.
Find the full schedule here.
That’s not all. The venue comes with a number of delish food and beverage options including hot jaffles, chips, chocolates, slushies, ice-creams, a gin bar and craft beers.
Are you hyped for Wonderdome yet? We sure are!
What: Wonderdome — a 360-degree virtual reality cinema
When: Saturday 4 December 2021 – Sunday 30 January 2022
Where: The Entertainment Quarter, Sydney
Price: $39.90 Adult, $24.90 Kids, $104.90 Family Pass