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It's all swords and cannonballs at the 4D cinema at Gold Reef City, where Pirate Story turns the viewer into a thief. And you have to fight off the belligerent pirate bent on revenge.
IF a swashbuckling sword-fight with a pirate is the stuff of your dreams, get down to Gold Reef City to see it brought to life in vivid detail that will leave you reeling. Pirate Story is playing at the 4D theatre and promises to make Jack Sparrow more than just a character.


High definition video and special effectsHigh definition video and special effects bring characters in the Pirate Story to lifeThe audience is hurled headfirst into being criminals, as each viewer is cast as one of three thieves breaking into a museum to pilfer a pirate’s not-so-hidden treasure. This is achieved with 3D glasses, high definition video and special effects such as wind, water, chair movement and smells, all of which combine to make the viewer feel as if they are living the experience.

It would not be nearly as much fun if things went smoothly, so as soon as the would-be crooks try to steal their booty, the murderous pirate comes back to life to make them pay for their skulduggery.

And not content to confine punishment to his buccaneer tricks, he brings his fellow exhibits to life and uses curses and cannonballs to exact his revenge.

Spectators have to fight their way out of crazy clashes and close-calls to emerge unscathed. The question remains, though: will they get the treasure?

Gold Reef City has Africa’s only 4D theatre, and vows that it is more than just cinema. Audiences are not just idle viewers as they get dragged into the worlds they see on the screen. It is an interactive adrenaline rush and multi-sensory experience. The special effects can be felt or smelt, which give the experience that extra dimension.

Also showing at the theatre is Turtle Story, which explores nature in a less blood-curdling manner.

Each movie lasts between 10 and 15 minutes, and entrance to the shows is included in the price of admission to Gold Reef City. The fees are: R150 for adults and students, R100 for pensioners over 60, R100 for toddlers (children younger than 18 months and shorter than 1,3 metres enter for free), and R470 for a family ticket for two adults and two children below the age of 16.

Gold Reef City is open from Wednesdays to Sundays, from 9.30am to 5pm out of season, and during Gauteng school holidays from Mondays to Sundays, from 9.30am to 5pm. The theme park is on Northern Parkway in Ormonde, Johannesburg.

For more information, contact the Gold Reef City theme park on 011 248 5000, by email on or visit the website.

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