If show runs for 30 minutes, then a 10 minute game show, the entire production would last 40 minutes. With time to reset it would be possible to do a show every hour from the time the venue opens until it closes.
There could have several different science themed shows all programmed in conjunction with the computer generated "Host". He of course would never get tired, get sick, need time off, or ever ask for a raise. The themes could be based on: Stars/Astronomy, Hurricanes, Electricity, etc. It would provide a guest experience that would be compared to Disney and certain World's Fair pavilions with visitors wanting to come back again & again. Kids as well as adults would absolutely love it since there isn't anything like it around.
For more info on the "Host" character, Click Here for R.I.C. (Robotic Informational Consultant)
The theater itself would be an ultra widescreen, tri-screen venue
which works by simultaneously projecting images from three synchronized
high resolution digital projectors onto a deeply-curved screen with an
arc up to 146░. This could partially surround the visitors with a
unique theater/planetarium experience without the expense of
constructing a full dome saving millions of dollars. It could accommodate 100-400 people and be used for a variety
of presentations, movies, lectures, demonstrations, etc.
The concept is similar to the original "Cinerama" theaters introduced during the 1950s but with some very important differences. There would be 3-4 high-def video projectors used via computer control to create a unique theater experience. The system could show extremely high quality and high definition planetarium type shows and also any large format movie, computer images, video tape, DVD, Blu-Ray disk, etc. that we might want to use. In addition to a regular theatrical PA system and lighting, the theater would be equipped with a high power, digital Dolby 5 channel surround sound system and under seat tactile transducers (see below).
The projectors would be set up in such a way that they could be used to show the output from ANY source, (computer, video, satellite, internet, etc.). The theater itself would have a complete stage so it to would be a multi-use venue. It could even be rented out for private or corporate events. Because it would not incorporate the "Ant" as in other planetariums, there wouldn't be anything in the middle to block someone's view or get in the way of events. We could also install smoke machines and several tri-color laser systems (less then a few thousand dollars each) and give a hell of a laser show.
Mounted under each theater seat could be a sound Transducer. It is a small device that would enable each and every visitor the ability to feel the natural percussive impact of sounds, from plucked strings to explosive special effects. When used to supplement the normal theater sound system, this structure-vibrating loudspeaker will let guests experience big sound at a lower volume that is safer for their ears. It could easily be incorporated into any show, concert or planetarium event by using a separate digital sound track to control the units. It would give a "Disney" style effect for a very small investment, roughly $100.00 to 200.00 each. I believe it would greatly add to the wow factor and has probably never been done at a science museum before.
With currently available
electronics (projectors, switchers, sound & lighting equipment,
lasers) the Digital Theater could be build for a fraction of the cost of a
traditional domed planetarium while still giving visitors the kind of
experience that they would expect from a world class museum.
Below is a picture of a similar venue that could be used as a guide for the Digital Theater. I also have included a sketch (above) of how the projectors and a control room monitor (below) could be set up.
Original Concepts by Rick Newman
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* These are
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