Haunted Cinema: London’s first Virtual Realitycinema experience arrives this Halloween
London is one of the world’s theatre meccas. From pop-up immersive productions to big West-end shows, Londoners are no strangers to ground-breaking new experiences. Now another evolution: Veero, the UK’s first Virtual Reality (VR) cinema.
Broke Girl in the City says, if you have never tried VR, you really should!
Veero aims to take VR out of the tech world and into the real world, bringing immersive film to the masses. VR cinema is to conventional film what TV is to radio. VR films immerse viewers fully within the narrative, transforming the way filmmakers tell their stories. You’re there – in the same place as the protagonist – so there really is no escape.
Veero opens their spooky Halloween pop-up on Neal Street in Covent Garden from Thursday 26th October. Tickets are priced at £19.70.
You’ll wear an individual headset and a pair of 3D headphones while sitting on a comfortable swivel stool that enables you to easily look at the action all around you. Not only will the image move with your head, but the sound will move too, making you really believe the environment you are in is real. We’ll show a compilation of horror shorts from acclaimed directors (line-up on website). Drinks and snacks are available for purchase.Veero hopes to bring the worldwide explosion in VR to the UK. There are over 1000 VR cinemas or arcades in China alone, yet the only permanent VR cinema in Europe is in Amsterdam. (Incidentally, it’s sold out most nights.)
Beyond this pop-up, Veero will open a permanent central London flagship in early 2018.
Veero hopes to bring the worldwide explosion in VR to the UK. There are over 1000 VR cinemas or arcades in China alone, yet the only permanent VR cinema in Europe is in Amsterdam. (Incidentally, it’s sold out most nights.) Beyond this pop-up, Veero will open a permanent central London flagship in early 2018.
Barry Whyte, founder of Veero commented:
“A new golden age of Hollywood is coming. Virtual Reality cinema completely changes the rules. As the UK’s first virtual reality cinema, we’ll ensure the VR films find their place alongside the world’s finest theatre – right in the heart of London’s West End. No longer will viewers have to sit at home with a headset on to enjoy immersive films. Veero makes VR social, accessible to everyone.”
“Horror is one of the strongest sub-genres within VR film, so it’s perfect for Halloween. We can’t wait to terrify Covent Garden!”
Veero is presenting their Haunted Cinema popup in partnership with WeAreCinema, Zurich-based experts in delivering pop-up virtual reality experiences.
Learn more, buy tickets, or sign up for updates at www.veero.co
what’s virtual reality cinema?
Virtual Reality film immerses you in the action, transforming the way filmmakers can tell stories. Look around you. Gaze into the distance. You’re there – in the same place as the protagonist – so you call the shots.
Is this the same as 3d cinema?
It couldn’t be more different. 3D cinema adds a layer of additional complexity to regular films, whereas VR film immerses you in the content. Filmed using 360 cameras, you’ll be surrounded by the story. Content must be built specifically for Virtual Reality, as the medium is completely different from a regular static screen.
how does it work?
You’ll wear an individual headset as a pair of 3D headphones while sitting on a comfortable swivel stool that enables you to easily look at the action all around you. Not only will the image move with your head, but the sound will move too, making you really believe the environment you are in is real.
What will I watch?
Where do you find the films you show?
Veero scours film festivals and the tech scene to identify the best immersive films attracting critical praise. We then work directly with the filmmakers to get their permission to bring them to a London audience. This process takes love and time, but it enables us to be the first to bring this content to UK audiences.
Can I do it at home?
Absolutely! In fact, right now you can only enjoy VR film at home. But we know that’s not how most people like to experience films. That’s why we’re opening the UK’s first virtual reality cinema, to give film lovers a space where they can enjoy VR experiences with their friends, colleagues and loved ones, in an environment that excites and inspires.
where and when is it?
The Halloween pop-up will run from Tuesday 24th October to Sunday 29th October at a Covent Garden location. Click here for more information. If you can’t make these dates, please sign up to our email list for news about our upcoming permanent venue.
it’s halloween. Should i fancy dress?
Come as you please! Love, love, love costumes. But don’t feel obliged. If you do come in fancy dress, we advise against elaborate face makeup or headgear, because we’re going to put a big VR headset right in front of your eyes. It’s going to smudge… and you’re going to look scary in a totally unintended way.
do you serve refreshments?
We do! But in order to keep things running efficiently, you ask that you pre-order them along with your ticket.
ANYTHING I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE VENUE?
are there age restrictions?
Veero is only suitable for persons aged 16 or over.
is it HYGIENIC to share vr headsets?
It might be Halloween, but sharing costumes feels a bit gross. Sharing VR headsets feels pretty much the same. We get it. But trust us, not only do we sanitize every headset after use, but we also have disposable VR headset barriers on hand for anyone who wants to be super clean. Just ask.
should i be aware of any health requirements?
Virtual Reality is safe, but it can be overwhelming for some new users. You might read reports of people feeling nauseous, but rest assured, in our experience that is largely connected to the sort of content people view. (For example, roller coaster simulators often make people feel a bit sick. Funny that.) If you do feel unwell, just take your headset off and we’ll be on hand with a glass of water and some reassuring words.
You’ll be seated throughout the experience, so no need to worry about falling over.
If you wear glasses, VR headsets can usually be worn over them, unless they are particularly big. If you switch between glasses and contact lenses, we suggest you wear your contacts on the day you come to us. If you have significant visual impairments, you might experience some issues with the technology. Just contact us and we can advise based on your individual circumstances.
what technology do you use?
We use Samsung Gear VR, which is a lightweight headset ideal for new users. You don’t have to worry about technical skills. We know you care about content more than technology, so that’s where we focus our efforts.
tell me more about wearecinema
Click here to find out more about WeAreCinema and their productions in Switzerland, Germany and beyond!
tell me about veero… what else do you guys do?
FAQs from Veero 🙂
Author: Marie Ellis
People say write about what you know. So I did. I founded Broke Girl in the City – a smart girl’s guide to leading a fabulous lifestyle on a budget! A career spanning entertainment, bars & nightclubs (and frequenting them), film, music and TV, there isn’t much I don’t know about how to have fun in the city when completely broke.