I know this is an old thread, but after not having been to a movie since September 2013 (date of my first projector), I took the family (4 adults) to see the 9:30 am showing of the Avengers: Ultron movie. The Regal Movie theater is new and promises the RPX (Regal Premium Experience). We paid our $40 dollars (wow it has been a while since I paid for a movie) and went in the non-RPX screen (I just picked the an early showing and got the regular screen/theater. As I said it has been a long time since I've been to the movies).
Initial impressions were promising with a large curved screen, black/red curtains and new chairs/carpet. I fully expected the experience to destroy my "home theater" (entry level LCD Epson HC2000, Yamaha 675 7.2 with entry level Infinity speakers) in terms of image sound/quality, but...
(computer was down and not working right so it took 20 minutes for us to get our tickets with two couples in front of us)
First thing we noticed was seat comfort. I could feel the springs and my wife kept moving around trying to get comfortable. I have been in seats that recline and are nice. These were blue, cloth and had limited motion. Must be like flying and to get good seats you have to pay for the RPX theaters.
Second thing we noticed was the sound. They really need to learn how to turn down the volume...loud doesn't always equal better. I swear the speaker popped when one of the actors grunted/talked while getting up.
Third, image quality was awful. Someone had the light on in the projection booth and you could see the light in the form of a 2 foot by 6 inch box during the dark scenes. Throw in the light from the green exit signs (I swear they each had two 100 watt bulbs providing the light) and the image degraded further. The women with me didn't notice the box, but it drove me crazy. They did notice the Exit spotlights....I mean signs. Maybe they make it bad so you will pay extra for the upgrade.
How can my inexpensive Epson HC2000 shown on a wall I painted (for about $50) wall be better than the brand new regal projector/sound?
(The theater seats 160 and we had about 14 people in the theater so no crowd issues.) I noticed no improvement in black levels/contrast over my entry level projector, but it was nice to have the large screen instead of my little 169 inch 16:9 home screen. Just not $40 bucks worth of better.
How can my inexpensive Yamaha 7.2 AVR and inexpensive Infinity speakers sound better than the sound in the theater?
(To be fair, it was so loud I never could enjoy the sound. The two kids trying to talk to their dad behind us also didn't help since they would shout to be heard over the movie and keep the same volume when a quite moment occurred in the movie.) I guess we could have moved (160 seats and 14 filled) but I figured I would be deaf soon and not notice the kids yelling.
How can the seats be so uncomfortable? I paid $40 to sit in a seat that I wouldn't even pay $40 to own all four seats.
So of course I couldn't get into the movie and I'm not sure if it was the movie was fair/poor or if the bad theater experience made it fair/poor. I guess I'll find out when I watch it at home in a few months.
Lesson learned: Stay at home. I wish I had my $45.25 back (4 tickets and one coke...my girls don't want anything to avoid frequent bathroom trips).