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1. (WO1998048912) FILM AND LIVE ACTION THEATER
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Claims
1. A theater comprising:
an audience seating area;
screen facing the audience seating area;
first door in the screen; means for opening and closing the door; a track extending through the door; and a prop moveable along the track.

2. The theater of claim I further comprising a motor on the prop for propelling the prop along the track.

3. The theater of claim 1 wherein the prop comprises a vehicle.

4. The theater of claim 1 further comprising a second door in the screen with the track extending through the second door.

5. The theater of claim 4 wherein the track comprises a continuous loop.

6. The theater of claim 4 further comprising a front stage area between the audience seating area and the screen, with the track extending from the first door to the second door through the front stage area.

7. The theater of claim 5 further comprising a front stage area between the audience viewing area and the screen, and a back stage area substantially separated from the front stage area by the screen, and the loop has a front section in the front stage area and a back section in the back stage area.

8. The theater of claim 1 further comprising at least one projector spaced apart from the screen by the audience seating area.

9. The theater of claim 1 further comprising seats in the seating area.

10. The theater of claim 8 further comprising a controller linked to the projector and to the means for opening and closing the door.

11. The theater of claim 1 further comprising means for raising and lowering the screen, so that the first door can be concealed from the audience viewing area when the screen is lowered.

12. The theater of claim 2 further comprising a bus bar along the track for powering the motor.

13. The theater of claim 2 further comprising batteries on the prop for powering the motor.

14. The theater of claim 1 further comprising a special effects generator adjacent to the door.

15. A method of simulating a film-to-live transition, comprising the steps of:
positioning a prop on a track extending out of a projection screen;
projecting a film presentation onto the projection screen;
raising the projection screen to a predetermined level at a first predetermined time during the film presentation;

opening a hidden door in the projection screen at a second predetermined time during the film presentation;
driving the prop on the track through the opened-door in the projection screen;
closing the door in the projection screen; and
lowering the projection screen to its initial position once the prop has cleared the plane of the projection screen.

16. The method of simulating a film-to-live transition in an amusement attraction of claim 15, whereby the step of projecting a film presentation on the projection screen further comprises projecting a three dimensional film presentation on the projection screen.