Just Announced: Lightsaber Dojo, A Star Wars VR Experience, Coming to Select Locations

Just Announced: Lightsaber Dojo, A Star Wars VR Experience, Coming to Select Locations



Train with lightsabers and the Force in this arcade-style Star Wars experience

December 13, 2019 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Today ILMxLAB announced that Lightsaber Dojo, an arcade-style virtual reality experience, will be coming to select pop-up locations at Simon centers and Cinemark Theatres starting December 19th.

An extension of the award-winning Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series, the Lightsaber Dojo experience will allow players to train with a lightsaber and the Force against waves of training droids and Star Wars creatures.

“In Vader Immortal, audiences were able to feel what it was like to battle with a lightsaber in virtual reality,” said ILMxLAB Executive in Charge Vicki Dobbs Beck. “We’re thrilled to bring that sense of wish fulfillment to even more fans with the new Lightsaber Dojo experience.”

As part of the experience, fans will step into a pop-up training arena, created in collaboration with location-based VR company Nomadic. There, they will don an Oculus Quest virtual reality headset, and be transported to Mustafar, the fiery planet that Darth Vader calls home.

Experience Imagery

To begin their training, fans will choose from an assortment of lightsabers used by classic Star Wars characters, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, and Darth Vader. They will also be able to use the Force to grab their enemies, trigger traps, and throw their lightsaber across the room. Afterwards, fans will be able to compare their scores with other players on a national leaderboard as they hone their skills.

“With Lightsaber Dojo you can use your lightsaber and the Force to stun, slice, and crush your enemies,” said Jose Perez III, Supervisor, Creative Development and Experience Design at ILMxLAB. “That’s a dream come true for Star Wars fans — and it’s more exciting when you’re competing against your friends.”

The first six Lightsaber Dojo pop-ups will be opening in Cinemark’s Century Cinema 16 in Mountain View, CA and Century Huntington Beach and XD in Huntington Beach, CA, and Simon center locations including Ontario Mills in Ontario, CA, Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, CA, Grapevine Mills in Grapevine, TX, and The Mills at Jersey Gardens in Elizabeth, NJ.

Tickets will be available on a walk-up basis, and will be priced at $9.99 per person. You can find a full list of locations here.


Lightsaber Dojo is a standalone, pop-up arcade-style virtual reality experience that expands upon ILMxLAB’s award-winning Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series. At specialized, themed locations, guests can don an Oculus Quest headset to fight waves of training droids and fantastic creatures using the Force and an array of classic lightsabers from across the history of the Star Wars saga. The pop-up locations will also feature a leaderboard, allowing fans to compete against other players as they hone their skills.


ILMxLAB is Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment studio, pioneering a new era of interactive storytelling through virtual and mixed reality experiences. Working with acclaimed creators and designers, we transform beloved properties into living worlds, inviting you to step inside and become the hero of your own personal adventure.

All images courtesy of ILMxLAB.

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