Abandoned 1920s cinema in Los Angeles becomes the new Apple Store

Tower Theatre was the first theatre in Los Angeles to be wired for showing motion pictures with sound, but it has been shut down since 1988. Foster + Partners worked with the technology company to renovate the historic building, which was originally designed by American architect S Charles Lee in 1927 in the baroque revival style. The renovation was made in a collaboration with the City of Los Angeles and expert preservationists. Inside, a grand entry hall designed in the style of Charles Garnier’s Paris Opera House, complete with bronze handrails and…

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Taking Immersion to the Next Phase | Latest Stinger Report

In the first of a two-part industry special, we chart the developments of “Active Immersion” We’ll bring compelling and adrenaline-filled immersive simulation to an audience looking for the next big thrill, and using VR technology to create adventures that can only be experienced by a select few, now re-created in a thrilling entertainment package. Charting the draw of this emerging technology, we reveal the launch of Frontgrid’s brand new sequel to their popular ‘ParadropVR – Rize’ experience, and other new platforms in the wings. We also look at new start-up Limitless Flight,…

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The Competitive Entertainment Landscape | Issue # 1085 Stinger Report

eSports Continues to Take the Lead The explosion in venue development of eSports Arenas has not been lost on anyone – fuelled by the meteoric rise of the competitive pastime during lockdown and continuing apace, as the latest chain of big venues was reported. Belong Gaming Arena (BGA), a UK-based chain of eSports venues, announced they were commencing plans to open 500 sites in US shopping malls across the country, over the next five years. The company announced the site of its first US venue in Houston, in a mall location. BGA has…

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