3D movie revolution
TO SAY Brian Rose of Birch Carroll and Coyle cinemas in Lismore is excited would be an understatement.
All he wants to see is the expression of his patrons’ faces when they walk out after the first 3D movie shown at a Northern Rivers cinema.
“The younger audience will love it,” he said. “And it will be interesting how the older audience will enjoy it.”
“The future is going to be 3D. I’ve been in the game for 42 years and this is the biggest most exciting change to cinema in my time.”
With characters appearing to jump off the screen forcing audience members to duck for cover, the technology is a long way from the old ‘projector’ that dates back more than 100 years.
Mr Rose and his team of technicians were yesterday putting the final touches on the new screen and its sound system in readiness for today’s first public 3D screening – perhaps aptly named – A Christmas Carol.
The screen, which cost $150,000 to install in one of the smaller cinemas, is the first 3D-capable screens in the Northern Rivers, Mr Rose said.
He said all four screens in the complex will soon be replaced to show 3D films.
Gone too are the old cardboard 3D glasses that cut into your nose. They have been replaced with plastic glasses that are sterilised after each use.
Still, with the hefty cost of installing the new screens, patrons will be charged a ‘technology fee’ of $3.50.