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Amsterdam is now host to world's first virtual reality cinema

Mark O'Beirne

Published 08/03/2016 | 06:29

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The world's first virtual reality cinema is to open in Amsterdam with attendees getting engrossed in a film thanks to 360-degree chairs and VR headsets.

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The world’s first dedicated virtual reality cinema, cleverly called The Virtual Reality Cinema, is set to open in Amsterdam.

The cinema is the brainchild of Samhoud Media, which has been responsible for several ‘pop-up’ VR cinemas in the past. It features 360-degree swivel chairs, allowing you to freely take in everything around you, and attendees get their hands on a Samsung Gear VR, a Galaxy S6 and a pair of Sennheiser HD 201 headphones to enjoy the experiment.

The Virtual Reality Cinema apparently holds 50 people at a time with tickets going for €12.50 a pop. It’s not yet clear what is to be shown at the cinema, though the developers say that it adds "a whole new dimension" to the theatre experience. The creators of the cinema are to produce some of the films themselves.

There are plans to open cinemas across Europe. We’re just looking forward to the day when we can take on the viewpoint of one of the Avengers, for example.

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