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A film for all senses
THE CONTINUING transformation of Nicosia’s Ledra Street is about to receive a further boost with the up-coming opening of a 6D cinema at the junction of Ledra Street and Onasagorou.
People may have heard of 3D but 6D? The Sunday Mail spoke with the creative director of MoviXD, the 6D cinema chain which already has a branch at Mackenzie beach in Larnaca, 26-year-old Nastia Motovilova to find out the difference.
“The term ‘6D’ is used to describe a cinema which offers the 3D visual experience along with added effects. There is a lot of confusion in the terminology; there is 4D, 5Ds and 6D cinema terms currently used in the market, all used to describe the type and amount of in-house effect,” she explained. “In the Nicosia branch we will have specially designed smart chairs that will provide movement, vibration, air and water blast, strobe lighting, leg and neck ticklers and fog.”
The first 6D cinema opened in Larnaca last March and currently only screens short animated films, with high intensity effects. The opening of the Nicosia location will see the introduction of longer feature films.
Motovilova and the managing director flew over to Austria last week to complete the final meeting with the technical crew tasked with assembling the complex new facility in Nicosia.
“We are installing extremely high-tech custom-built projection systems to accommodate the Nicosia cinema,” she said. “We cannot confirm the opening date due to this. We believe we should be up and running at the start of February - but in this industry there are almost always unpredictable delays.”
Although there are no plans to expand further than Nicosia and Larnaca the response has been very positive and 6D cinema has so far been a relative success.
“People simply love it. The staff working on location always comment on what a pleasure it is working there just for seeing the happy and excited expressions of people coming out of the cinema,” Motovilova told the Mail.
Motovilova admitted she was a tech geek and a real fan of 6D. “The concept was to create something that will provide the viewer with the ultimate sensory experience. We watch films and read books to escape reality, to get lost in a world of possibilities or live experiences we wouldn’t dare enter in our real life. We will soon be able to offer just that!”
MoviXD will be the first cinema worldwide to programme effects and publicly screen high intensity documentary films.
“Hollywood films have not yet been screened in 6D cinemas. There are only a few worldwide, hence this will be an experience that people would have a very hard time finding elsewhere,” she said.
The short films currently airing in Larnaca last from between seven and seventeen minutes with €10 entrance for adults and €5 for children under 12.