If you can picture an indoor rollercoaster fused with a 3D film, that’s 9D Action Cinemas — a mix of an amusement park and a trip to the movies. Intrigued? Now you can try it for yourself in Brisbane, with the brand new 9D Action Cinemas open in Garden City.
If you're familiar with both rides and 3D films, you'll know what you’re in for, kind of. The idea is to completely immerse audience in the world of the short film, both visually and physically. So what's showing in 9D? The 'Now Playing' listing above the ticket counter boasts eight different selections all with very, very loose 'storylines'. However, all up there’s around 60 short films on offer, with more added every few months. All tastes are catered for, and all ages, too. Racing rides coast around canyons and glide over snow. More mysterious segments crawl through tombs and fly over lost islands. Horror-themed clips run away from zombies, and speed through haunted houses.
So let's get amongst it. You select your film, buy a ticket, enter the six-seat theatre (yep, only six), and put on your 3D glasses. You’re helped into your chair by a staff member, buckle your seat belt, and master a good grip on your arm rests. Now, it's showtime. Once the animated movie begins, electronics beneath your seat start humming. In the action ride simulator, everything is synchronised on-screen and off. Depending on what’s on screen, you might be squirted with air or water, or have bubbles and snow rain down on you from above. You might find yourself amongst fog, smoke or lightning, or feel something nipping at your feet from below.
Those weak of stomach or just not feeling so adventurous can watch their friends courtesy of the live camera feed playing in the lobby. Arcade games keep waiting punters occupied. But given that each ride lasts for five to ten minutes, no one is likely to be waiting long.
Though Garden City’s new renovations were unveiled late last year, 9D Action Cinemas can be found in the older part of the shopping centre — but that will soon change. In the near future, a new entertainment mall is slated to surround everyone’s new favourite simulation ride with more fun things to do. With bars and restaurants right outside the cinema, this might just be the new suburban place to be.
Check out the cheesy, cheesy trailer:
Find 9D Action Cinemas at Westfield Garden City Shopping Centre, on the corner of Logan and Kessels roads, Upper Mount Gravatt. Visit the website for more information.