Cosmonova - Sweden's Only Imax Cinema
I sat back in my chair at what seemed to be completely the wrong angle for watching a movie. Above me, a kaleidoscope of colours and moving images swam before my eyes, mind blowingly enlarged, almost 3 dimensional in their exceptional clarity. In my ear, the strangely relaxing tones of Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet lulled me into a kind of hypnotic trance, and every so often my eyes would grow heavy, slaming shut with a resounding thud. Then I would wake again with a jolt, frightening the small child who sat next to me so much that his mother took him in her extremely wobbley arms, and gave me a very stern look. I think she thought I was going to eat him, and judging by the size of her, she had eaten a fair few children herself, usually with cream and sugar.
I was at Cosmonova, Sweden's only Imax theatre. I have been to Imax movies before, with their giant screens, but this one differed significantly. The movie was projected onto the gigantic domed roof, and I had to almost lie on my back to take it all in.
The movie I was at was called Deep Sea, and was basically all about... the deep sea. It was a fascinating journey into the depths, and it is not the director's fault that I am the world's worst when it comes to falling asleep at the movies. As soon as the lights go down, I am basically out for the count. I think I get this trait off my Dad, and we both have the uncanny ability to wake up just before a film ends, after sleeping through 75% of it, and still be able to name the murderer or the thief or whoever the particular protagonist is.
Cosmonova is huge. The screen is 760 square metres in area, 11 metres high, and 23 metres in diameter. You really feel as if you are in the centre of the action (if you are one of these people who can stay awake during films). Almost 300 people can squeeze into the theatre, and be transported to worlds beyond comprehension. It is also used as a state-of-the-art planetarium, one of the most modern in the world.
Cosmonova is part of the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. The cost of a ticket to a movie is 85 SEK adults and 50 SEK for children. Movies often change every month. A discount can be obtained if you pay to go to the museum as well.
For an extra 20 SEK, headphones for English translation can be purchased. These consist of one plug that goes in your ear, attached to a port in your seat. But because it is only in one ear, you still hear the Swedish narration loud and clear, making for a confusing mess.
All movies last for 45 minutes, and you must purchase tickets at least 30 minutes before the show starts. The cafe downstairs is a bit pathetic, and they don't allow you to take food into the theatre.
It is certainly a good place to mix science and entertainment, and wrap yourself up in a world of sound and pictures.
I need a nap now, so I'm going to switch the TV on. [more]
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