Virtual Reality: A Temp Solution for Theatre Woes? [OPINION]

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It seems like there’s no real normal when going back to the movie theatre experience. As many changes as the cinema chains try to make, the businesses won’t likely recover in its former glory for quite some time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many chains incorporate gimmicks like D-Box, where the participant is on the recipient of force feedback technology to “feel” the film. The majority of multiplexes already implement IMAX and/or 3D options for optimal experiences. I propose a dramatic solution as far as “recreating” the theatrical experience: virtual reality. Man using a virtual reality headset while watching a movie in a theatre. By wavebreakmedia/ShutterstockHow Virtual Reality Can Help Theatres RemotelyAs per existing social distancing guidelines, theatres can no longer have uninterrupted seating within rows. So rather than the viewings go away as empty seating, why not offer them virtually to willing participants at home? Since each screening can no longer be at full capacity and chains are already offering monthly membership discount programs, then why not allow the viewer an opportunity to loan a VR headset so they can take up the spacing that’s otherwise already blocked off? Studios are already receptive to the idea …

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