Or, if you need a more immersive experience, there's Barco Escape. The Barco Escape screen is 270 degrees of panoramic movie, with a screen to the left and right of the main screen, plunking you in the middle. Because when Iron Man is shooting some lasers at an alien in front of you, you deserve to see Hulk taking a dump on an entire race of extraterrestrials on the right.
ScreenX is offering the same experience. Black Panther was one of the first major North American films released in the format. However, it's been mostly used in Korea up to this point. There are currently only three North American theaters that offer ScreenX, but if it expands, you could absolutely look forward to watching the Howard The Duck reboot in glorious 270-degree 3D.
Focusing On Awesome Things That Just Can't Be Done At Home
The traditional defense for the theater experience thus far as been just that: the experience. You can watch all seven Police Academy movies at home, but it's not the same as that big screen, with the smell of popcorn in the air and the murmur of inconsiderate monsters who think it's OK to talk through previews even though that's the second-best part. The theater experience is awesome, and now it's more experience than you've ever experienced.
For example, with Onscreen.com, you get to vote on the movie you and a group of friends, or just a random group of whoever, want to see. If enough people vote to see it, a screening takes place. You finally get your chance to see Highlander 2: The Quickening on the big screen. Life is good!
A number of theaters are also putting the effort into making virtual reality more than just YouTube videos of old people falling out of chairs. AMC is working with a company called Dreamscape to create multi-person, full-room virtual reality experiences that align with movies as a kind of parallel entertainment experience. So if you're going to see Jurassic World 2, then the VR experience might be you immersed in a world wherein you're hounded by people demanding to know why they keep sending children to these islands full of dinosaurs when it never, ever works out. Also you probably shoot stuff or whatever.
Now if they can find a way to deliver that immersive experience while also immersing my real body in a hot tub, they may finally have brought the magic back to cinema.
Forget about the microwave, have you tried making your own popcorn at home in a popcorn popper?
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