Fire destroys soon-to-open 4-D theater

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Five days before it was scheduled to open, a high-tech theater-museum was destroyed by fire.

The Miniature Thai Royal Barge Performance Center, a custom-built two-story facility in central Pattaya, suffered about 20 million baht in damage in the Oct. 9 blaze. It has been set to open Oct. 14, offering a “4-D” theater featuring a 360-degree 3-D movie screen and vibrating, moving platform to give patrons the sense of “being there.”

Six fire engines responded to the fire, which took about two hours to control. Authorities suspect an electrical short as the cause of the blaze.

The Miniature Thai Royal Barge Performance Center suffered major damage in an Oct. 9 blaze. The Miniature Thai Royal Barge Performance Center suffered major damage in an Oct. 9 blaze.