OAKHURST, Calif. (KSEE) — The cutting-edge technology at the Yosemite Theater in Oakhurst promises to give families a unique look at Yosemite.
It’s part of a new virtual reality experience that can take you to the top of El Capitan or back to the 1800s when Yosemite was established as a national park.
“This VR theater we’re in right now is the only permanent positron VR theater in the United States right now, which is very exciting,” said Matthew Sconce, co-owner of Yosemite Cinema.
Check out Yosemite launched last week after a year in the making.
“We’ve had people climbing El Capitan, spending the night in little hammocks taking thousands of photos of Yosemite National Park because you can’t fly drones, you can’t fly helicopters. The cinematographers stitched all of these images together, bringing this to life in 3D.
“They can sit with John Muir as he talks with Teddy Roosevelt around the campfire watching the sparks rise as they smell the pines, because there are smells in these things.”
Yes, the 17-minute experience even includes scents to really make you feel like you’re there.
And it’s narrated by Breaking Bad alum, Bryan Cranston.
“Citylights was able to do that. They talked to him and he loved Yosemite, so he was thrilled to be the narrator because it connects him to the park he loves and also allows people to connect with a voice they love.
Sconce said it’s a particularly great opportunity for people who can’t get to the national park right now because of the Washburn fire.
But even for people who’ve been to Yosemite before, the creators say this experience will show you something new.
“It was like a dream,” Sconce said.
Yosemite Cinema will still show the Yosemite Virtual Reality Experience, but Sconce says there will be other seasonal screenings, including spooky Halloween experiences and family movies.