With so many events going on every day, you have to have a pretty unique event to catch my eye. 360 Screenings’ brand of immersive theatre definitely fits the bill! This Halloween, 360 Screenings is back to terrify audiences with four spooky screenings in October Celebrate Halloween by diving right into one of the scariest horror movies of all time and then sit back and enjoy the film.
Toronto’s own 360 Screenings combines live theatre and film in their installations which feature a live performance followed by a corresponding film . The event is hosted in a unique or historic venue which is kept secret until 24 hours before the event. Once everyone arrives they are greeted by actors who create a live theatre event which includes the guests in the action. Once the live performance is over the corresponding film is screened. Past screenings have included Fight Club, Ghost, 28 Days Later, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Halloween screenings run on October 25 at 7pm (sold out) and 11pm, and October 26 at 2pm and 7pm.
RSVP: Tickets available at 360Screenings.com. Act quickly – these events sell out very quickly and you don’t want to be left behind!
I sat down with organizers Ned and Robert to talk about 360 Screenings and their place in Toronto’s art and culture scene:
How did 360 Screenings start?
360 Screenings came from attending arts events in the UK and New York. There are some really inspiring conceptual productions happening throughout the world right now, each challenging the way we think an audience should behave. With 360 Screenings, we are taking away the traditional stage, and making our audience a part of the narrative, throwing them into the picture as though they were extras on the set of the film.
Why is Toronto such a great city to have founded 360 Screenings in?
Toronto has a really vibrant culture scene, and the city’s audiences are hungry for groundbreaking theatre.
Why do you think it’s been so successful in Toronto? Is there something about Torontonians or Toronto film-goers that makes them more attracted to this type of experience?
Both the film community and theatre community in Toronto are hugely supportive, and we have been welcomed with such interest and consistency. It is also part of our mandate to work with only local talent and companies, and people, especially Canadians, want to see familiar names. For each of our screenings we approach the neighbourhood vendors of the heritage venue that we’re using to collaborate, give them some exposure, whether it be with food, or product sampling
How much work goes in to planning and executing each screening?
Each screening takes about 4 months of planning. Especially working with heritage buildings, there can sometimes be regulations that we need to work around and proposals that need to be submitted. On top of that, heritage buildings book far in advance for weddings, so the sooner we can lock down the venue the better. We’re already booking into mid-2014.
What has been your favourite one so far?
Each screening has been a huge achievement for us, and we are proud of the growth that we’ve undergone, but the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest screening was a real triumph for us. It was the perfect balance of audience interaction/immersion and venue/film relevance.
With an unlimited budget and superpowers which movie would you like to screen at 360 Screenings?
Jurassic Park. Hands down!
How do you pick the venue for each screening?
We try our best to find spaces that are not typically seen as theatres or event venues. We have a large list of heritage spaces that we want to work with, and some come to us while walking around. The Christie Mansion is a perfect example of this – we jog around Queen’s Park, and always wondered what the building was, so we walked in one day. It turned out to be the perfect venue for the One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest screening! We also worked in a sponsorship to have Mr. Christie cookies donated, so everybody walked out with a box of Oreos or Chips Ahoy!
What’s next for 360 Screenings?
We plan to keep challenging ourselves with larger concepts and offering more screenings!
Want to win tickets to 360 Screenings Halloween event?
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Screening takes place on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 2pm. Winner is responsible for travel and accommodations. Contest closes Friday, October 28, 2013 at 11:59pm EST.