the incredibly high popularity of the 4D cinema at the moment it's
strange to think the one that started it all in 1999 is no longer
open. It introduced a lot of firsts to me, the first time something
jumped out of the screen, and the first time water and air effects
were used in a show.
The plot involved the notorious Captain Lucky returning to collect
treasure on an island where he marooned his former queue.
Unbeknownst to him the youngest member of the queue is still alive
and has booby trapped the island in preparation.
One thing I found out later, that I didn't realise at the time was
that Captain Lucky was played by Leslie Neilson. That made me think
of the moment before he made his entrance when you heard a toilet
sound. At the time I thought it was a cheap joke, I now reckon it
was him flushing his career down the toilet.
The film ended with Captain Lucky's current crew finding the remains
of his former crew. This results in a mutiny and Captain Lucky being
made to walk the plank. The crew sail away, while Captain Lucky
swears he'll be back, as he can hold his breath a long time. (If you
know what that's a reference to, I'm impressed).
So what happened to the ride? It stopped showing at Thorpe Park in
2007, but according to the
Wickipedia page the film is still
popular, and is shown in several places around the world, and I
wouldn't be hugely surprised if a park in the UK showed it again.
As for the cinema, for a brief time it had an alternate film called
Time Voyagers, before the films stopped completely. Since then
nothing has taken it's place, apart from an occasional seasonal show
in the theatre. I'm surprised a new film hasn't been installed
really, as with the right film I think it could still be a popular