Japan is now the first country in the world to host a fully immersive virtual cinema.
The first cinemas opened in the country last year, and they were all designed to create a unique and immersive experience for people who weren’t accustomed to it.
But this year, it’s the country’s first “digital cinema” to be rolled out in full.
According to Japanese media outlet Nikkei, the cinema is called the Panda Cinema, and it will be able to offer a range of activities that include “tourist and cultural tours, entertainment, interactive activities, and concerts.”
You can also rent the whole cinema for your own viewing pleasure.
The aim is to make it possible for people to “experience a whole new cinema experience,” Nikkeis report said.
The project was launched by the government’s Tourism Bureau and the National Science and Technology Promotion Agency.
The project will initially be funded by the tourism agency, but will expand over time, Nikkein reported.
In addition to creating the virtual cinema, the plan is to also create a “virtual café,” a “gift shop,” and a “panda shop” to cater to the audience.
There’s even talk of offering a “tent park” in case guests need to travel to the island of Kaga to visit the cinema.
It’s unclear how much money the project will cost, but Nikkeic has reported that the government hopes to raise ¥50 million ($70,000) by selling the tickets and other merchandise.
The cinema will be opened in October 2019.
[Image credit: Nikkei via New Scientist]