Lounge room of the future at ACMI


August 29, 2003

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Dubbed "Pods", the Screen Lounges at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) provide a personalised, interactive "lounge room of the future" for individuals or small audiences. A range of experiences will be on offer in the intimate Screen Lounge environment including short films and digital media based on current themes of exhibits, games, television, interactive works and access to the extensive ACMI collection available as video on demand or online via other content partners.

Each Lounge is a "multimedia jukebox" programmable by users for research or entertainment purposes, so you can program a mini short film festival or digital art presentation for a group of friends.

Viewers can also choose one of the pre-selected programs that run for up to an hour each.
The Screen Lounges are one of several ways in which ACMI is using innovative design and delivery to bring access to screen culture. Opened in late 2002 at Federation Square in the heart of Melbourne, ACMI houses the World's largest screen gallery - a huge subterranean space measuring 110 metres long and 15 metres wide where a state-of-the-art media platform is used to display different images on up to 250 screens- two multi-format cinemas that cater for 8mm, 16mm, 35mm and 70mm film, multiple video formats and data projection - plus a hands-on Digital Studio workshop where multimedia content can be generated in a classroom environment and a production amphitheatre known as the Screen Pit.

Bookings are required to use of the Screen Lounges - visit to learn more.

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