Examples of virtual tours:
- Casa Frela in Harlem, NYC
- IATI Theatre's Rehearsal Space, NYC
- The Lucid Body House, NYC
- The Abbey Pub, Chicago
Virtual tours give potential visitors a comprehensive view of your space - from the entrance to the workspaces to the dressing and restrooms. They're a great way to highlight your venue's unique features and a valuable resource for visitors -- whether they’re interested in rehearsing in your studios or attending a performance. For disabled artists and audiences, a virtual tour helps assess whether or not your space will meet their needs.
An in-depth look at the interior of your space enables patrons to view:
- The layout of your space, for audiences and artists
- Unique features and details not mentioned on your website or on your listing ... and more!
And helps disabled patrons answer questions such as:
- Is the entrance to the venue wheelchair accessible?
- Will I be able to access this space and work in it comfortably?
- Are hallways and doorways wide enough for wheelchair users to navigate easily?
- Is there adequate and clear signage throughout the venue?
- Are accessible restrooms located on the same floor as your facilities? ... and more!
A virtual tour can either be a video of a space taken by you or a media artist, or a 360 degree view using Google Places. Then, you can link to the tour on your SpaceFinder listing by pasting the URL in the Virtual Tour field of the Accessibility section.
Google Places 360 Degree Tour
This kind of virtual tour can be photographed by a Google certified photographer. To find a list of recommended photographers, check out Google's list.
If you're located in the New York region, we recommend: PlacesMobile, Inc.
While using a virtual tour to document your space can be slightly more costly than a self-produced video, it provides the most thorough coverage of all it’s nooks and crannies--with minimal work on your behalf! After you've chosen a photographer, they'll spend less than an hour taking impressions of the interior of your space. Then, they'll take the impressions and put them together to create the 360-degree view and post it on Google Streetview. From there, you can grab the embed link from Google and include in your listing or link to it from your website!