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For years, movie enthusiasts have
put on 3D glasses for what has been
known locally as the ultimate cinema
experience. However, all that is about
to change as T&T is poised to usher
in a new age in cinema viewing---the
9D action cinema.
The 9D cinema experience still uses
the familiar 3D glasses, but it also adds
a wide range of special effects including
moving seats, wind, rain, smoke, light-
ening, fog and aroma.
The man behind the local arm of
this franchise is Devaughn Joseph and
he explained that the experience will
forever change the way people watch
"You have special effects like wind
and rain and snow and fog, so you
might feel a sprinkle of water while
you are watching the movie.
"You have snow falling, bubbles,
etcetera, so you feel as though you are
actually in the movie as opposed to
just watching it," he said.
Scheduled to open its doors to the
public at the end of October, the cin-
ema will be located in Valpark.
Patrons will pay $30 and $25 per
movie for adults and children, respec-
The cinema has a library of over
100 specially designed 9D movies
including Shark Island, Prehistoric
Adventure, Crazy Roller Coaster,
Dinosaur Park, Through The Forest,
Snow Swoop, Space Flight and Pyra-
Speaking proudly about his reasons
for opening such a facility, Joseph said
he did it because he likes to make peo-
"I felt as though that this sort of
entertainment would have done well
in terms of bringing families together,
bringing friends together and essen-
tially people coming together and hav-
ing a good time and enjoying them-
selves," he continued, adding that all
the equipment is currently being tested
and retested in preparation for the
He added that unlike movies at tra-
ditional cinemas, the 9D action cin-
ema, which can hold nine people at
a time, promises a totally different
"It s almost like you re escaping real-
ity and entering a whole new world
of virtual reality. If you have never
gone on a roller coaster and you would
like to experience what a roller coaster
feels like, you could come to the 9D
cinema and ride for six minutes and
you will get all the twists and turns
and all the different things that come
with it," he said, noting that all of the
rides offered are between three and
ten minutes in length.
"It fits in nice in the sense that apart
from it being for the family there is
also a level of excitement coming from
feeling that you are now in the movie."
"For that little time that you re in
there you d actually feel like you re in
there longer because of all that is taking
place on the screen," Joseph continued.
And just how safe is the 9D cinema?
Joseph assures that the facility has
passed all the necessary safety inspec-
tions and the seats are equipped with
seatbelts which must be worn.
"It is extremely safe in the sense
that we have safety mechanisms
whereby if anyone wants to stop or
come out of the movie, we could stop
the movie and let them come off."
However, the public is advised to
exercise discretion when going on the
"Because the seats move and jerk,
we are asking that people like pregnant
women and those with heart problems
desist from riding because we don t
want anyone to experience any sort
of condition while enjoying the movie,"
"It makes me feel good to be able
to allow people to get this experience
for the first time in T&T and I am
hoping that we can set up and bring
it to more areas."
Speaking on the topic, tech writer
Mark Lyndersay who described the
9D action cinema as a "stationary
ride" said the experience needs to be
very special in order to hold the public s
"I think people will go and have fun.
This isn t really a cinema, it s a sta-
tionary ride, normally referred to as
an "experience" of a sort that s pretty
common in amusement parks," Lyn-
"A 55-inch television in the average
living room competes quite well with
the average large screen cinema without
the hassle of travelling and parking."
"To draw people out of that com-
fortable shell, screens have to be bigger
and more immersive (IMAX, 3D) or
experiences have to be very special."
Local filmmaker Yao Ramesar said
while the 9D cinema was a good idea,
in the future, it could also be used as
an educational tool and expanded to
showcase more of T&T s indigenous
"I would like to see where we fit in
with our own T&T content," he said.
"On a more serious level, it could
be used for disaster preparedness.
Imagine if you take people who are
supposed to be responders in T&T for
say an earthquake situation you can
use it as a simulation."
"You have things rocking and you
see chaos going on onscreen and
everything is smoky and misty, you
can practise keeping your focus and
discipline in the middle of all that
cinema to offer
movies in 9D
Movie audience experiencing some effects at a 9D cinema abroad.
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