Within minutes of being strapped in, I was dropped from a great height, thrown about by an earthquake, hurled against the bow of a boat, submerged in the ocean, fired at with cannonballs, kicked, battered, flung about, speared by a Roman soldier and almost swallowed by a hissing serpent.
I was rained on, snowed on, whipped about by wind, surrounded by smoke from raging fires.
The sound of roaring storms and the violence of battle echoed in my ears. I smelled the scents, odours and fragrances of centuries of myth and history – all from the “comfort” of my high-tech, computerised seat.
Throne of Helios is something else – a thrilling “9D cinema experience” in Rhodes Town that takes you back through the facts, fun and fiction of Rhodes island (throneofhelios.com).
It was just one of the many highlights of a fascinating Greek island-hopping cruise aboard the good ship Celestyal Odyssey. And it certainly set the pace for a full-on, four-day, whizz-around holiday. Especially as we were proudly told by the captain that we were travelling on one of the fastest cruise vessels in the world.
3D picture, sound, motion, rain, snow, wind, fire and even smells, placing the service of the senses and entertainment.
The Throne of Helios is a modern entertainment center that combines cinema and thematic area, historical exhibits and screenings.
It is a unique combination of historical tradition and high technology, in the historic building of the old cinema «St. George » on March 25 street , which was the first cinema in Rhodes, build by the Italians in 1927.
Architects, engineers, interior designers, sculptors, historians consultants, Greek and European technicians, specialized in cinema and new inter-active technologies, created a separate space and an equally unique production, which comes to enrich the travel experience of visitors and help upgrade Rhodes as a tourist destination.
Modern thrones in the form of 49 leather seats type supercar, based on hydraulic bases by providing by computer a realistic experience motion and navigation in space and time.
Throne of Helios – an experience in 9 dimensions!
I am showered in sea spray as the chariot surges over the waves. The horses are made of fire, four formidable mounds of energy. The sun God, Helios, pushes them on as we observe the coastline of Rhodes which glistens as it rises from the sea.
I am in ‘The throne of Helios’, a 9D presentation of the story of Rhodes, shown in the first ever cinema building in the town which dates back to the 1930′s. It’s a quick thrill film presentation of 6000 years of history in just 18 minutes.
The film is an exciting mix of myth and history; angry Greek Gods, legendary statues and swashbuckling knights loom at us through our 3D glasses. I see (hear, smell and feel) how the island and its people evolved. I see the construction of a magnificent bronze statue of Helios, known as the Colossus of Rhodes and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The popular belief (and one upheld in the film) is that it stood astride the entrance to the port and ships sailed between his muscular calves. A more boring likely location was inside the walls of the Old town, but that’s the charm of the film. It’s not about historical accuracies; it’s about basking in the glory of thrilling myths and legends and the beauty that is Rhodes. It’s an assault on the senses with 3D visuals supplemented with sea spray, canon smoke, wind, bubbles and snow. All of this is shaken and stirred by the swivelling and pitching chairs we are securely strapped into. There is commentary too, but who can concentrate on that as a serpent slithers off the screen and hits you between the eyes!
The experience is undeniably fun. Adults and children alike will love it. I loved it. With admission at 10 euros for adults and 6 euros for children below 12 years it might be considered costly for a family, however it is definitely worth seeing. My advice if you are on a budget would be to combine the show with a takeaway pitta gyros and a stroll along Mandraki harbor and into the Old Town. Go and check out the places you have just seen from another era in their current day form! You can also spend time reading through the exhibition in the foyer which tells some fascinating stories of modern day Rhodes.
The ‘Throne of Helios’ 9D Entertainment Center is an innovative suggestion in the city of Rhodes.
A modern entertainment center that combines a cinema hall and a thematic park, with historical exhibits and screenings.
It is unique combination of historical tradition and high technology, located at a historic building of the old cinema “St. George”, built by the Italians back in 1927.
Entering the building, visitors will firstly admire the exhibits and references to historical figures, in a time sequence, and documentaries on mythological and historical events, from prehistoric times to the 20th century.
Get ready for the most exciting experience ever lived!
Nine dimensions in the service of sensation and entertainment!
3D picture, sound, motion, rain, snow, wind, fire and even smell of another era!
Travel in time with your friends, experiencing with all your senses the most impressive nine-dimensional production ever made for the Island of Rhodes!
Ancient gods, the Colossus, Knights, Ottoman conquerors, ancient cities and imposing medieval buildings again come alive in an impressive tour!
To most legendary journey through time has just begun, once again in the city of Rhodes!
Miles+Bonus collaborates with The Throne of Helios in Rhodes, a modern entertainment center that combines cinema and thematic area, historical exhibits and screenings. The Throne of Helios is a unique combination of historical tradition and high technology, in the historic building of the old cinema «St. George » on March 25 street , which was the first cinema in Rhodes, build by the Italians in 1927.
The creators of Throne Of Helios, prepared a spectacular entertainment and educational production, inspired by the Ancient Greek God of Sun, Helios (thus the name of the leisure center) the ancient Greek mythology and legends, the traditions of Rhodes and its history. The result is a breathtaking and educational experience for all to have, regardless of age. Children, teenagers and parents will have an amazing time in the hall of the Throne of Helios.
Miles+Bonus members benefit from exclusive discounts:
10% discount at the cinema tickets
20% discount at the cinema tickets
30% discount at the cinema tickets
The Miles+Bonus card must be shown prior to the transaction thus, the discount will not be provided retrospectively.
The Christmas Event that draw the happy faces of our young friends!!!
Additional languages in the Throne of Helios. Italian for our Italian guests who will find a lot of historical documents in the showroom with a tribute to the history of Rhodes. Swedish for Rhodes lovers, the Finnish follow. So, we have in total: Greek, English, French. Italian, German, Swedish, Finnish, Russian, Hebrew and a state of the art multilingual system supporting them.