New thrill for movie lovers in Surfers


Managing Director Michael Kurt (black shirt) opening the Cavill Ave Cinema

Managing Director Michael Kurt (black shirt) opening the Cavill Ave Cinema

Three dimensional viewing has been taken to a whole new level in Surfers Paradise, with a second 7D Virtual Reality Cinema opening in Cavill Mall and more are planned.

Australia’s first outlet opened on the corner of Trickett Street and Surfers Paradise Boulevard in 2012 and has been especially well received by overseas visitors.  More than 50,000 visited in the first 12 months.

Yesterday the red ribbon was cut at another outlet, 500 metres away on Cavill Ave.  Managing Director Michael Kurt said the high demand for a second 7D Cinema showed that 21st Century moviegoers were looking for more interaction out of their cinema experiences.

“We scoured the world to find the latest technology in virtual reality to allow our guests to feel as though they are part of the movie in a way that has never been done before in Australia” said Mr Kurt.

The experience combines virtual reality technology with high tech rollercoaster movements and special effects such as snow and rain to make the viewer feel like they are actually “in” the scene.  Mr Kurt said “this is the only simulator in the world that produces drops that recreate that lower-belly rollercoaster felling”.

As well a light mist appears from time to time, or a strange scent might fill the air.  ‘”Touch” is also a sensation that brings the whole thing to life, especially during the horror flicks.

When you walk in to the cinema you are asked to take your 3D glasses, sit down and strap on a seat belt and hold on to the handles provided.

There are plenty of different short films to choose from, some more family friendly than others.  One, the “Wall of China”, makes you feel like you are being towed along the iconic landmark on the back of a pushbike over the bumps and around the many twists and turns.  A few times you actually feel like you are going to topple over the edge before making a last minute recovery.

Another called “Bloody Road” is not for the faint hearted.  You find yourself driving a car while being chased by zombies, before you walk into a home and are confronted by the undead.

A word of advice for anyone who suffers from motion sickness, you might want to take some travel sickness tablets beforehand, to get the most out of the experience.

Mr Kurt said the plan is to take the 7D Cinemas nationwide, with the next outlet planned for Sydney.

Pedestrian killed after being hit by train on the Gold Coast

A person has died after being hit by a train on the Gold Coast.

Services have been suspended between Helensvale and Ormeau stations after the person was struck about a kilometre south of Coomera station about 7.45am, police say.

Commuters heading to Brisbane from the Gold Coast are facing delays of an hour or more.

Translink is preparing buses to take commuters past the affected area.

Upset in Aust Open men’s finals

First, Serena Williams and Ana Ivanovic were knocked out of the women’s singles draw at the Australian Open, now the men’s has also been thrown wide open.

Stanislas Wawrinka last night made up for two heartbreaking losses to Novak Djokovic ending the Serb’s hopes of a fourth straight crown at Melbourne Park.

The Swiss world No.8 took down the defending champion in five sets 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 9-7 to win their quarter-final clash and set up a match with Tomas Berdych.

World No.7 Berdych beat third seed David Ferrer in four sets, 6-1, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Sports News First reports, whatever the result, either Berdych or Wawrinka will win their way into an Australian Open final for the first time.

They’ll find out later tonight who will make up the other semi-final contenders.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal meets Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in quarter final action on Rod Laver Arena.

While four-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer and three-time runner-up and reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray will fight it out for the other spot.

Brad Pitt arrives on GC in time for Australia Day

They spent Christmas on the Gold Coast and now it looks like the Brangelina clan will enjoy Australia Day in the best city too.

Brad Pitt touched down at Coolangatta Airport yesterday after flying in from the US via Sydney and then hopped straight on to Mick Doohan’s chopper for a traffic-free trip to Coomera.

Partner Angelina Jolie and their children have been renting the former motorcycle racing champion’s mansion while Jolie’s in the country to direct her new film, Unbroken.

The Australian reports, Pitt gave the thumbs up to waiting fans as he walked across the tarmac in an all-black ensemble that would have needed to be stripped off as soon as he arrived ‘home’ due to yesterday’s extreme heat.

Pitt, who recently turned 50, has flown back and forth to Australia several times for reunions with Jolie and their kids Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh, Knox and Vivienne.

The family have made a habit of public appearances during their stay on the Gold Coast, visiting Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on Boxing Day, and many other local tourist attractions and shops.

Men injured in bloody Broadbeach brawl

TWO YOUNG MEN have been hospitalised following a violent and bloody brawl in Broadbeach this afternoon.

Initial information states a fight erupted between a group of men on Bermuda Street at around 4pm following what is believed to have been a road rage incident involving up to three cars.

As a result, one man is believed to have received a laceration to his hand and a head injury, while another man found on Hooker Boulevard fleeing the scene is reportedly nursing minor head injuries.

Both were conscious and breathing at the time they were transported to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

A witness to the event has recalled how she came across the scene and administered first aid to one of the injured men.

“There was a bit of panic going on, everyone was running in different directions. It was absolute madness,” she said told 102.9fm Hot Tomato.

“There was so much blood, it was ridiculous.

“There was one guy with his hand basically hanging off, so I stopped to give him some first aid.

“I always carry a first aid kit and bandages, it was just a matter of calming him down and getting him to breath and stop panicking and going into shock.

“He also had a big gash on his head as well.”

One man was believed to have been armed with a machete.

A sledge hammer was also found at the scene.

Police have confirmed no formal complaint has been made to police.

More to come.