CULTURE

A theater full of wonders

An array of fun that engages all the senses enlivens the entertainment package at Cinema Park, Greece’s first interactive movie complex, now operating in Athens. Special glasses for viewing 3-D films, moving seats, gadgets that spray unsuspecting audiences, fake snakes that slip out from below and tickle the viewer’s feet as well as educational games and dance competitions are a few of Cinema Park’s most notable aspects. The enterprise, of Israeli origin, aims to combine entertainment and education into a three-hour package targeted at youngsters aged between six and 18. Five specially equipped rooms have been set up at the Starcity complex (111 Syngrou Avenue) near the Ledra Marriott hotel by the local film distributor Odeon. On weekdays, the complex caters exclusively to organized school groups. It is open to the general public on weekends for a morning screening at 11 a.m. Currently playing at the complex is «Human Experience,» a multi-faceted production that requires all five theaters for the package’s total effect. At the complex’s 3-D theater, the production works its way into the bodily senses. The world’s architectural wonders are then presented at the «action theater,» which is equipped with moving seats. The advanced audiovisual system at the complex’s »music theater» takes the viewer on an enchanting journey through sound and color. At the «fantasy theater,» viewers are treated to stories extracted from the lives of everyday people. At the «games theater,» the audience is divided into teams for a competitive educational game.