India's first 'fulldome 3D Digital theatre' inaugurated

India's first 'fulldome 3D Digital Theatre' at the Science City in Kolkata was inaugurated by Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma on Monday.

The 'fulldome 3D Digital Theatre' at the Science city was the first of its kind in India having a 23 metre titled dome to offer a fully immersive experience to the visitors, Mahesh said while inaugurating it through video conferencing from New Delhi.

"As technology has changed in last two decades, so public taste and popular demand has also changed and a need was felt to upgrade the projection system from 2D celluloid based system to digital 2D/3D system to offer more and more immersive experience to the visitors," he said.

The new system is capable of screening high resolution, full dome, and digital 2D/3D content by utilising six, high-end projectors in a 23-meter diameter dome using Ulteria Seam technology, he said.

The Union minister expressed hope that the new facility will encourage a higher number of children to visit Science City to have glimpse of the mysteries of science around them.

The Science City is operated by the National Council of Science Museums under the Ministry of Culture.

"I hope Science City will contribute to the spread of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education for the younger generations," Mahesh said.