Luxury Movie Theaters or Upgraded Movie Watching Experiences
The added comfort of a reclining chair (some even with heaters) can enhance your movie watching experience along with enhanced sound and more food options to choose from. Below are some of the companies that offer upgrades different from your regular unreserved movie seat.
- AMC Stubs Insider: Free refills on every large popcorn, Discount Tuesday Savings
- AMC Stubs Premiere: waived online fees to buy tickets, Free popcorn and fountain drink size upgrades ($15/year +tax)
- AMC Stubs A List: See Up to 3 Movies Every Week with a recurring monthly charge (about $23.95/month +tax). Free online reservations in advance for any format (including premium formats). If you want to sit together with a friend I highly suggest you download the AMC app and each choose a seat right next to each other and book at the same time to ensure you will be sitting together.
AMC has remodeled many of their theaters to feature upscale premium formats. When you search for a local theater look out to see the different offerings at that particular theater Los Angeles (includes Orange County) and San Diego. Use the dropdown menu to filter out the search result for the specific premium offering you are looking for.
- The Dolby Cinema Difference: “vibrant imaging, moving audio with breathtaking realism and AMC Signature reclining seats featuring seat rumblers that pulsate with the action”
- IMAX: Immersive movie-going experience with larger screens and enhanced audio fora more intense movie watching
- Prime: AMC Signature recliner seats with rumblers that add slight seat movement to action sequences etc., enhanced speakers and screens that bring out details
- RealD® 3D: Wear the 3D glasses and watch the movie with visual depth and clarity that seem close enough to reach out and touch
- D-Box: Immersive experience “With D-BOX, you control the intensity so you can move with the movie and feel every scene as if you were in it. (Currently only at Thousand Oaks in Ventura County)
- Food Delivery to Seat (order at the counter and have it delivered to you at your seat) or Dine in Full Service (staff comes to you to take order, deliver and pay). Check out the gluten free snacks!
- Earn 10 points for every $1 spent on food and/or beverage
- 50 points for every ticket purchased on the website or through the app (Apple, Google Play)
- Redeem: $6 Reward for every 1000 points. Points can only be redeemed in increments of 1000
- Check the website for special promotions with movies
- Magic Hour: Discount Movie Tickets Monday-Thursday for select shows from 3pm to 5pm. This promotion seems to be brought back throughout different times of the year. $8 movie tickets
- Special Ticket Pricing on Tuesdays (limited time promotion). Check with local theater to see if it is participating (Pico Rivera seems to be)
The Luxury Experience
Enjoy some of the enhanced movie going experience features at a Cinepolis Luxury Cinema. Cinepolis took over many of the privately owned or smaller theaters and transformed the space to include amenities now associated with luxury.
- Cutting edge digital projection and sound
- Reserved Seating and fully reclining leather seats
- In Theater Waiter Service: “With the push of a button, luxury cinema guests enjoy ‘at-your-seat’ waiter service. From gourmet appetizers to restaurant quality entrées, guests of our luxury cinemas experience movie-going at its finest.”
- Cinepolis Junior: This concept is unique to Cinepolis with a theater that is designed with kids and families in mind with a colorful atmosphere complete with a play area to have fun in before and during intermission of a rated G or PG film. Pico Rivera and Vista Locations
- 4DX: Enjoy a fully immersive cinematic experience. “Each chair is equipped with motion simulators and programmed to the film. Inside our 4DX auditorium, motion chairs and environmental effects such as wind, bubbles, and scent work in perfect synchronicity with the action on screen. The Cinépolis 4DX auditoriums show films seven days a week and offer reserved seating for guests.” Pico Rivera and Vista Locations
Food and Drink
Currently, I appreciate how the menu is clearly labeled with icons for vegetarian, vegan friendly and gluten friendly. At the bottom of the menu it states “items can be made gluten free, vegan or vegetarian upon request.” Always ask questions if needed and know that the kitchen is not a dedicated gluten free facility.
Other Ways to Save
- Join Fandango VIP+ for FREE where every 4 tickets you buy get a $5 reward to spend on a future movie ticket purchase on Fandango. (Earn 125 points per ticket, 500 points = $5 Reward). The great news is that you can still earn Regal Crown Club points by entering the Regal Crown Club card number at Fandango checkout. You can also still earn AMC Stubs points by entering the AMC Stubs card number at the Fandago Checkout (the ticket service fee for Fandango purchased is waived). It’s a winning saving combination! “You can return or exchange your tickets up until the posted showtime.”
- Request tickets and signup for advanced free movie screenings. Gofobo
- Costco membership to buy tickets for Regal (look for the ePremiere Restricted Movie eTickets) or AMC (look for the black AMC Movie eTickets and not the yellow)
- AAA Movie Discounts
- Avoid the added convenience fee of buying tickets online and buy them in person (or signup for AMC Stubs to waive that fee)
- Check discount sites like Groupon, LivingSocial
- Think about if watching the movie in 3D or IMAX is right for you. Cinemablend posts opinions on whether the extra money is worth the experience.