We’ve seen this kind of film at amusement parks abroad, so it doesn’t fascinate us as much, but if the looks on our friends’ faces are anything to go by, the city’s first 5D theatre is quite a hit.
The theatre is not too big, but the seats are big and impressive. Films aren’t too long either, which is actually a good thing. One can’t sit through twisting and turning chairs, constant sprays of water and vibration of seats for over 10-15 minutes.
We’re watching Haunted Mine, which doesn’t have much of a story, but that’s no deterrent. As we travel up and down the mine in a shaky cart, there are various bumps, U-turns and steep climbs followed by steeper falls. All this comes through quite realistically with just the tilt of our seats in tandem.
The makers have done a commendable job with effects like bats flying at one’s feet, mist filling the theatre, a snake popping up unexpectedly and a thunderous gunshot catching us off guard. The only setback? Sometimes, the seat vibrates a little too much for our liking.
There are two film options for visitors, and they will be replaced with newer titles every month. We’re also impressed when the owner, B Abraham, informs us that all the films are made in India itself — in Hyderabad.
Prices starting at Rs 150 on weekdays are pretty reasonable. For an additional R50, you can enter a mirror maze too. It’s quite well made, but gets over too quickly. A racecar simulator is also on the way, which should keep this small space buzzing on most days.
Where: Shop no 49, 2nd floor, Phoenix Market City, Kurla
Call: 6180 1464
What we like: Indigenous films
What we don't like: Extra shaky seats in some parts of the film
verdict: Fun for those who’ve watched it before. Even more fun for those who haven’t.