Mt Vic Flicks goes 3D

All the better to see you with: Mt Vic Flicks owner Adam Cousins wearing the new 3D glasses.
All the better to see you with: Mt Vic Flicks owner Adam Cousins wearing the new 3D glasses.

3D cinema has finally come to the Mountains.

Mt Vic Flicks has installed the new equipment, purchased the snappy glasses and is ready to go.

The first offering will be Florence and the Uffizi Gallery, a film which provides a close look at the famous gallery and its magnificent artworks, including those of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Raffaello.

The movie has used advanced technologies, like aerial shots and complex long takes, to help viewers feel like they are really inside the gallery.

But even more exciting will be the 3D version of the new Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opens at Mt Vic on December 17.

Adam Cousins, who owns Mt Vic Flicks with his partner, Kirsten Mulholland, said they have also installed a new screen, new amplifier and new speakers to give a bigger, better and louder picture.

"The new screen is suitable for 3D and to allow the speakers to be in the proper position," he said.

The old speakers used to sit on the floor under the screen and audiences will testify that the sound quality was not great.

"These days the standard is to have a screen perforated and the speakers sit behind so the sound comes out from behind the image," Mr Cousins said.

The couple has bought hundreds of pairs of 3D glasses, but they are a vast improvement on the throwaway models of old. They are battery operated and somehow co-ordinate with an infrared emitter to allow the full range of colours to be seen.

The glasses can fit over normal spectacles and they will be washed after each viewing. There will be enough pairs to cater for two full houses so there can be back-to-back 3D showings.

There will also about 60 kids-sized glasses.

The Uffizi movie screens on November 21. Star Wars: The Force Awakens screens from December 17, with three daily 3D shows and one in normal viewing for those who may not want the full-on 3D experience.

As well as the equipment upgrades, Mt Vic finally has EFTPOS and will soon have a new website.

But the old choc tops and popcorn remain the same, and audiences will still be able to buy a cup of tea or coffee in a china mug.