Time Machine, one of the most popular attractions at Science City, is back in operation after a 20-month shutdown for upgrade. In its new avatar, the Time Machine is not only more vivid with a switch to LED screen instead of projection, the spectator capacity has also doubled.
The earlier version of the Time Machine that had been in operation since 1997 was shut in April 2018 as it had become difficult to maintain. During the two decades it was in operation, some 45 lakh visitors had enjoyed the immersive experience.
“Since 2000, when the machine manufacturer refused to service the facility, we have been maintaining it on our own. However, it was getting increasingly difficult and risky to keep it running. We, therefore, decided to go in for an upgrade. The new Time Machine will have two capsules, each with a seating capacity of 15 persons. The 64-inch 3D LED screen, along with the rolling and pitching effect, will offer a never-before immersive experience,” said Science City director Subhabrata Chaudhuri.
The upgrade to a more advanced Doron precision system has been carried out at a cost of Rs 5.6 crore. The tickets have initially been priced Rs 20 with the authorities set to hike it in the new year.
With 8-10 shows an hour, the Time Machine will be capable of hosting 100 shows on a busy day. Initially, Science City will screen six films, including the Great Wall of China, Air Fighters and Journey to the West. Based on visitors’ feedback, the authorities will finally shortlist one and return the rest.
Earlier this year, the Science City had launched a revamped digital Space Theatre capable of screening 3D films.
Source: Times of India