For those of us who wish we could get out to the movies more often (but perhaps avoid dropping $75 on a bucket of over-buttered popcorn) Paramount Pictures might have the perfect solution. In an interview with Deadline Hollywood this week, a Paramount executive detailed how the company is working with tech firms operating the virtual reality space to create the first VR movie theater.
To attend a VR movie, the user straps on their headset, navigates their way to a specific app or website—in the case of Paramount, it’ll be Bigscreen—sit down in a virtual movie theater, and enjoy the featured film. Paramount will test drive this concept with a free showing of Top Gun 3D on December 3.
The experience puts the user in a VR movie theater where they’ll be able to interact with the people sitting next to them prior to the showing, and then actually enjoy a film on a virtual big screen.
“This is a good example of what happens when you collaborate with Silicon Valley,” Tom Hayes, SVP New Media at Paramount, told Deadline. “Paramount wants to be where the consumers are and the media landscape is changing and we want to be as vanguard as possible. We have to make the theaters a bigger and better experience.”
We’ve heard of similar concepts as we’ve attended VR sessions at trade shows and just while out and about at events. But if successful, this VR movie theater concept could be a massive win for an industry that had one of the worst summers in recent memory.
It’s clear that consumers have changed their attitude when it comes to getting out of the house to go spend a bunch of money to watch a new movie that’ll be on TV in a few weeks anyway. VR has the potential to alter that way of thinking, making it more convenient and potentially cheaper to see the latest movies.
— 9to5Mac (@9to5mac) November 17, 2017
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Apple is already using Intel wireless chips in at least some of its iPhone models.
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