Virtual Reality Theatre

The Swinburne Virtual Reality Theatre is an immersive visualisation facility. The theatre provides researchers with the ability to use 3D visualisation to analyse, interpret and explain complex 3D datasets.

The theatre plays an important multi-faceted role as a showcase of Swinburne capabilities in research and innovation, and as a high profile venue for public outreach and education.

The Virtual Reality Theatre has been operating since 1999 and in that time has hosted over 25,000 people in more than 800 sessions. As a digital cinema production suite, the theatre was a crucial component of Swinburne’s contributions to the 2013 IMAX 3D production Hidden Universe.

The theatre’s hardware includes:

  • Stereoscopic 3D Projection System, comprising two Hitachi CP-WU9410 projectors
  • 4K Projection System, comprising a Sony VPL-VW1100ES projector
  • Colloquium System, comprising Epson EB-4950 Projector and Echo360 capture
  • Dolby 5.1 surround sound system

The theatre space comprises a five-metre wide (16:9) projection screen and four rows of tiered seating, with a maximum capacity of 56 people. It is located in the Arts Building (AR) on the Hawthorn campus.