Paultons Park will host a "red carpet" event to celebrate the opening of its new 4D Cinema on March 23, 2013, with the attraction set to open to the public soon afterwards.
The park has spent £1.5 million on installing the 150-seat cinema, which will be one element of a new area dubbed Show Street. It will be located in the building that formerly housed the Romany Experience, and will initially show animated movie The Curse of Skull Rock. It will be similar in style to the 4D cinemas that have been installed at theme parks all over the world in recent years, boasting 3D projection technology, moving seats and special effects such as water sprays.
The Curse of Skull Rock's plot will sound familiar to Pirates of the Caribbean fans, featuring as it does a quest to find a lost, cursed treasure. The film was previously shown in Drayton Manor's 4D cinema during the 2009 season.
In a canned statement, Paulton's Park commercial director Stephen Lorton said of the park's new addition: "The 4D cinema is a great new addition to the park for the 2013 season. We continually aim to improve the customer experience at Paultons Park, with more than 60 rides and attractions for all ages; the 4D cinema provides fantastic indoor entertainment for the whole family."
Show Street will be an overhaul of the warehouses that once hosted the Romany Experience and the Village Life museum. It will consist of false building facades featuring an Art Deco style.
The park has also made raft of other minor changes for the 2013 season, including adding updated ticket kiosks, new paving at the park's entrance and a new Baby Care Centre and First Aid Centre. It is working towards a complete replacement of its dated entrance area, which will include new shops and dining locations.
Paultons Park has invested heavily in new attractions over the past two years, installing the UK exclusive Peppa Pig World area in 2011, and following this with the debut of drop tower ride Magma in 2012.
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