Theaters for Gaming- End of Theaters or New Beginning?

Theaters for Gaming- End of Theaters or New Beginning?

As the technology evolves, there are many new horizons that are opening up for theaters and theatrical performance. Wave talked about the unique and innovative performance by Bicycle Ballet. 

Those who work in the business of physical theatrical performance have to adapt with the time. However, there is a new trend and it has everyone wondering about the future of the industry.

The Chaos Room

Let me unveil The Chaos Room . Chaos room basically combines the idea of large screen theaters with that of gaming.

As if gaming wasn’t already in every nook and cranny of our society, now it has found its way into the realm of theaters as well.

This idea is quite innovative. You basically rent out a large theater like screen with your friends for a very unique gaming experience. This is great mix of gaming arcade and cinemas.

Only time will tell whether this idea will succeed. Even it does not, it is a beginning for something entirely new.

How Does it Feel Like?

Why am I so Interested?

You see, I am not just a creative director, I am also an avid gamer. I actively follow the news of all the latest games and hardware on websites like IGN, Gamespot, and Gaming Gearoid.

I even bought a small corner gaming desk in my living dedicated for all of my gaming needs. I have always kept gaming and my work in the theaters separated.

However, ideas like the Chaos Room are springing various new theories in my head. I mean, what if we could combine the elements of gaming with physical theatricals. It could attract a whole new generation and audience.

It could be the revival of live theatrical performance as we know.

Is this a Good or a Bad Thing?

I personally consider it to be a great move forward. We cannot just rely on the audience of the previous generation. The Millennials who are so heavily invested in social media and gaming also need to know about the joy of theaters.

What better way is there to give them what they like? We have to connect with the audience. Therefore, I won’t be surprised if in the near future we have live theatrical performance featuring Halo or World of Warcraft stories.

As a gamer, that would be amazing. Guess what, it is something that our team and I are heavily invested in now. Stay tuned for something great.

Theaters vs Cinema vs Television

Theaters vs Cinema vs Television

Let us talk about the best entertainment experience out there.

Currently, there are three main entertainment experiences that you can: theatrical performance, watching a movie (or gaming) in a cinema, or about anything else on a TV including video gaming.

Let us explore each one

Theaters

I do not mean movie theaters here. I am talking about the theatrical performance that we basically deal with. Theaters are the place where live singing, dancing, drama, plays, musicals etc are organized. It is a place where talent gets shown on live sets without any second take.

The actors are well versed with every second of their performance. No computer graphics are used. Everything you see is live.

Cinema

Also known as movie theaters, these have been there since a long time now. Ever since the first movie came out, Cinema’s have been the drawing force of today’s film industry. Video entertainment industry would not exist as we know if there were no Cinema’s.

Cinema’s are cheap and affordable compared to modern theaters and therefore hold a very high appeal for many people out there looking for a night out with friends or family.

Television

Television is yet another revolutionary piece of equipment that is found in almost every household. From TV shows, to movies to video games, almost everything can be enjoyed on TVs.

The TV industry has come so far. The video quality can never be matched by any cinema of today. There are 4k, curved extremely slim TVs out there. Can you imagine how many pixels is 4k?

The TV technology is advancing faster than we can imagine.

With the advent of services like Netflix and Hulu, TVs aren’t going anywhere any time soon.

So which is the best?

I am obviously biased towards theaters. I do not think any thing can anywhere to the joy a great theatrical performance can bring. You are basically looking at live people not someone on a tape.

Cinemas Renting Out Theaters for Gaming Parties

Cinemas Renting Out Theaters for Gaming Parties

I was as surprised to hear about this as you might be right now (very!). It is hard to imagine the gaming craze is so widespread across the world. Sometimes it is sad to see that we are giving gaming more attention than it deserves. I mean there are other things to enjoy in life such as classical theatrics.

However, that be as it may, I also think this is a pretty feasible and plausible evolution of the cinema industry as we know.

A Small Setup Is not Just Enough

Gaming started off with on small PCs. The CRT monitors were no larger than 15″. However, as time passed and the gaming industry involved, the gamers naturally started looking for more extraordinary means to satisfy their gaming addiction.

That is exactly what is happening right, a small monitor for PS4, xbox or PC is simply not enough. The richer gamers have found innovative means to satisfy their craze.

Some opt to build an entire gaming theater at home. Others resort to renting out an an auditorium at renounced Cinemas.

Cineplex Offer Gaming Parties

Cineplex calls this service Gameon.You can either sign for their tournament or even rent out a theater if you want to hold gaming birthday parties etc.

This is not a myth, it is actually happening and most of the large cinemas are jumping on board the hype to cater to this new audience.

Bicycle Ballet – A Twist to The Theatrical Performance

Bicycle Ballet – A Twist to The Theatrical Performance

In our pursuit to find the best theatrical performance for our audience. We try to come up with many unique ideas. This is something that almost all creative directors do. You have to be on your feet always look to please more and more audience.

This is done for both financial reasons and for keeping your mind creative all the time. There are so many great theatrical performances that happen out there.

However, we have never seen anything like the Bicycle Ballet.

What is Bicycle Ballet?

To put it simply, these guys are the real innovators of today’s theaters. They combine the drama, the comedy and the mood of a physical theatrical performance with athletic bicycling.

As if acting and dancing talent wasn’t hard enough, these guys go even further by adding a whole new skill set to physical theatrics: bicycling.

They do not have any specialized bikes for the performance. In fact, they only use the best hybrid bike for women and men out there. Nothing fancy.

This helps in connecting with the audience even more. These guys are ordinary people, who have master the craft of performance.

Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles from Bicycle Ballet on Vimeo.

Mass Participatory Performance

Bicycle Ballet Mass Participatory Performance from Bicycle Ballet on Vimeo.

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2006
A PERFECT GANESH by Terrence McNally
2005
HORTENSIA AND THE MUSEUM OF DREAMS by Nilo Cruz
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2003
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BULGAKOV’S THE MASTER AND MARGARITA by Barbara Bogoczek, Tony Howard and Andrew Visnevski
2002
KAFKA’S THE TRIAL (LONDON REVIVAL) by Andrew Visnevski
2001
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KAFKA’S THE TRIAL by Andrew Visnevski
2000
PENTECOST by David Edgar
1999
THE MERCHANT OF VENICE by William Shakespeare
1998
THE LIFE OF EDWARD THE SECOND OF ENGLAND by Bertold Brecht
1997
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1996
MARIA by Anna Maria Grabania
THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare
1995
DON CHRISTOBAL AND THE LOVE OF DON PERLIMPLIN AND BELISA IN THE GARDEN by Federico Garcia Lorca
1994
SWANN AMONG THE SIRENS by Donald Swann and Andrew Visnevski
1993
THE BUTCHER OF BAGHDAD by John Spurling
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1992
DITHYRAMBOS by Andrew Visnevski
1989
THE DUCHESS OF MALFI by John Webster
1988
THE OLD COUNTRY by Alan Bennett
1986
KAFKA’S THE TRIAL – THE OPERA by Stephen Edwards (music), Lynne Williams & Andrew Visnevski (libretto)
1985
COME THE REVOLUTION by Roxanne Shafer
KAFKA’S THE CASTLE by Andrew Visnevski
1984
AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare
1983
UNICORN UNCHAINED by Katre Vandegrift
CYRANO DE BERGERAC by Edmond Rostand
HAMLET by William Shakespeare
THE GOLD SARCOPHAGUS by Roxanne Shafer
1982
TWELFTH NIGHT by William Shakespeare
COMING ASHORE IN GUADELOUPE by John Spurling
1981
POETS ARE PEOPLE by Vi Marriott
OZZIE AND THE SECRET FOREST by Angela Lanyon
MACBETH by William Shakespeare
JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR by Peter Fincham after Daniel Defoe
A CHASTE MAID IN CHEAPSIDE by Thomas Middleton
1980
BARABBAS by Michel de Ghelderode
ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare
DONKEY WORK AND MONSTER MAN by Bernard Goss
KAFKA’S THE TRIAL by Andrew Visnevski
1979
THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher
1978
LIFE IS A DREAM by Pedro Calderon de la Barca