Lining Up for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Veronica Nunez
November 2, 2019

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The last Star Wars Line Up to date was for Solo: A Star Wars Story.  We returned to our Line home at the TCL Chinese Theatres Imax forecourt for a two day line which began at 7pm on May 22 and ended with the screening at 7pm on May 24, 2018.  LiningUp.Net organizes shorter lines for the off-shoot films of the Star Wars franchise.  Rogue One and Solo were both 2 day long Line Ups, and longer Line Ups being reserved for the core Star Wars films.

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The shorter Line Ups work differently than the longer Lines.  Instead of accumulating hours in Line to pick your seats, we were given a raffle ticket when we checked-in for the Line.  The raffle takes place on the first night, and that’s when we get to select our seats.  We also paid for our tickets and badges, and t-shirts (if we ordered one) in advance of the Line starting.

Here are the logistics for how the Line Up is run for the longer Line Ups in the time of internet pre-purchased tickets.  You sign in with the organizer manning the check-in table.  A release is completed and signed when you first sign up/check-in at the table.  You can leave the line for a short time (to smoke, go to the bathroom, get food) as long as it’s a short-time, I think about 20-30 minutes.  If you leave for a longer time, you need to check-out with the check-in/out table.  So it’s easy to run home to take a shower, get more clean clothes, etc.  The organizers tabulate the amount of time each person spends in line.  The person who has the most hours gets to select their seats/tickets first, the person with second highest time selects their seats/tickets second, etc.   I believe it was the Star Wars: The Last Jedi line they added a QR code to our name badges to use an app to tabulate the hours.  It was easier for the organizers and for the rest of us, because there was more than one person who could check us in/out.

Before the opening night screening the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax hosted a plaque dedication ceremony for Carrie Fisher.  The idea of the plaque was revealed on opening night for Star Wars: The Last Jedi and you can read more about that event here.   The plaque was installed into the concrete in the forecourt during night of May 23, 2018.  There’s nothing like the sound of a saw cutting into concrete at 2am. At least I remembered to bring my earplugs.  Todd Fisher and his wife, actress Catherine Hickland, were present for the ceremony.

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A couple of us mentioned an error in the plaque to theater management who was not happy.  See the photo of the installed plaque.  Do you see what it is?  I believe it has been corrected from a recent photo I saw, but I haven’t been to the theater in a long time to see it.

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After the ceremony, we milled about and did any press interviews requested for a few hours before having to clear the area.  About an hour before show time, the forecourt is cleared of people and the barricades are placed between the forecourt and public sidewalks.  All ticket holders get into a literal line along the sidewalk on Hollywood Boulevard. After the screening the Lining Up group heads up to the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the third level of the Hollywood and Highland Center for our after party.

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LiningUp.Net organizers with Daniel Logan & Ray Park

For more information on Lining Up here.  Like their Facebook page, and you can follow them on Instagram (@LiningUp_Net) and Twitter (@LiningUpNet), too!

Information on the amazing work the Starlight Children’s Foundation does can be found here, and you can donate to our cause here.

You can join us for the next Line Up at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax in Hollywood from December 10-19, 2019.  Help us raise money for a wonderful charity, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and have fun meeting fellow Star Wars fans!  Check out the Facebook event page for the next Line for more information.

May the Force be With You.

Lining Up for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Lining Up for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

By Veronica Nunez
October 24, 2019

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The LiningUp.Net Line for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was fun-filled to be sure.  The Line Up started on the evening of December 7, 2017 with a number of the Line being given seats for the 200th Episode of Fatman on Batman (now called Fatman Beyond) being held in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theatres Imax instead of Scum & Villainy Cantina.  Scum & Villainy was present to provide non-alcoholic Star Wars themed drinks for donations to Starlight Children’s Foundation.  The TCL Chinese donated a 55-inch TCL 4K HDR television to be raffled off.  The raffle tickets were $10 each and all of the proceeds went to the Starlight Children’s Foundation.  I bought two raffle tickets and got a blue milk drink.

I managed to get a seat in the front row for the podcast.  You can watch the video of the podcast here.  Spoiler: I won the tv!!  I was in need of a new tv as I had recently moved and didn’t take my old one with me since it was near its end.

I gave myself a craft project of making some felt and yarn Princess Leia headbands for Line members and whomever else would want one.  Using hot glue in cold weather made this project a little difficult.  I used some scraps to make a mini headband for the Porg plush of one of our young Line members.  The headbands also doubled as earmuffs to keep us warm.

As usual, there were press around doing interviews and taking photos of the Line.  One of the nights, Red Robin made a generous donation to the Starlight Children’s Foundation and provided the line with free dinners of burgers and sandwiches.  Skywalking Through Neverland podcast brought the inflatable At-AT and hosted Star Wars trivia with prizes.

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Some of our late night shenanigans included all night Cards Against Humanity session and trapping a Line organizer in his tent. I didn’t sleep in a tent the night they did the tent thing. I woke up to giggling and saw what they were doing.  I took a couple of pictures and went back to sleep.

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A celebration for Carrie Fisher was held the in the afternoon on the last day of the Line Up, December 14, 2017, prior to the screening on opening night.  An image of a plaque which will be placed in the forecourt in honor of Carrie Fisher was revealed.  The forecourt was closed to the public during the ceremony and only press and the Lining Up group were allowed to be inside the barricades.  There was also a cake which was cut after the plaque announcement ceremony which included some words from Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother.

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There was an after party for the Lining Up group held at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres after the movie where we ate pizza to our hearts content and played some games provided by Dave & Busters which has a location at the Hollywood and Highland Center, too.

Go to LiningUp.Net for more information on past and future Star Wars Lines.  You can also follow them on Instagram (@LiningUp_net) and Twitter (@LiningUpNet), and be sure to check them out on Facebook here.

Get information on the amazing work the Starlight Children’s Foundation does here, and be sure to donate here.

May the Force Be With You.

Lining Up for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One Line Up

By Veronica Nunez
October 17, 2019

 

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Costume Contest Contestants

The second Line Up I participated in was for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  This Line Up was also organized by LiningUp.Net and held at the TCL Chinese Theatre Imax in Hollywood, California.  This was a shorter line from 7pm on December 13 to 7pm (first showing of Rogue One) on December 15, 2016.  As always we raised money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation, and chose our seats in order of total time spent in the Line.  More details on how time is tallied is on my recap of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Line.

Thankfully, it wasn’t as cold during this line as it was for the last half of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Line Up.  This is the first Line Up where I watched the movie with the rest of the Line members, and it was a blast.

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The TCL Chinese Theatre Imax hosted a costume contest in the forecourt a few hours before the 7pm showtime.  First prize was a 55” TCL television.  Two of the judges were Daniel Logan (young Boba Fett), and cosplayer Ivy Doomkitty.  A few of our Line members competed in the costume contest, but the win went to this amazing Amidala costume made and worn by Dawn Bright.

 

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We had a few more hours before the show to hang out and do more press.  There were a lot of press outlets there for the costume contest, and they stayed and interviewed several people from the Line and other fans including yours truly.  Then we cleaned up and put our belongings in our cars before getting into a literal line on side walk along Hollywood Boulevard until the theater staff began letting us into the theater for the movie.  The Lining Up group gathered in front of the Imax screen with our lightsabers alight and took a group photo.  Then we made our way back to our seats to watch Rogue One.  After the screening, the Line members and organizers went upstairs to the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the third level of the Hollywood and Highland Center for the after party.

For more information on Lining Up here.  Like their Facebook page, and you can follow them on Instagram (@LiningUp_Net) and Twitter (@LiningUpNet), too!

Information on the amazing work the Starlight Children’s Foundation does can be found here, and you can donate to our cause here.

You can check out this video with some interviews with the costume contest participants and yours truly (but they misspelled my last name).

May the Force be With You.

James and Oliver Phelps Panel at Silicon Valley Comic Con

James and Oliver Phelps at Silicon Valley Comic Con

Veronica Nunez
October 10, 2019

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James (Fred Weasley) and Oliver Phelps (George Weasley) from the Harry Potter films appeared at Silicon Valley Comic Con in San Jose, California on August 16-18, 2019.  They had a great panel talking about the practical jokes the cast played on each other, and they gave a detailed account of a prank they played on the intern in the hair and makeup department.

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The twins did clarify a rumor that they had once switched characters for a day which required reshoots.  They said that there are hundreds of cast and crew on set each day, and they would never intentionally do something to cost the production time and money.  I remember reading about this joke a few years ago, and I’m glad to hear that it isn’t true.

 

I think it’s great that they received a copy of the book when filming each film which the cast would sign.  The books became school yearbooks in that way.  Oliver tells a fan that he has George’s missing ear.  James thinks this is a bit weird and tells the audience that Oliver has the ear prosthetic displayed on the plaster mold of his head in his (Oliver) house.

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Tom Felton always gets their names wrong even now, but they don’t correct him because they think it’s funny.  When they first started the first film and did the table read they still didn’t know who was playing Fred and who was playing George.  They had to ask the casting director, but they don’t know if the director/producers even knew who was playing who until that moment.

 

James and Oliver talked about the wide reach of Harry Potter around the world even if people haven’t read the books or seen the films, they still get recognized for Harry Potter.

Lining Up for Star Wars The Force Awakens

Lining up for Star Wars:

The Force Awakens

By Veronica Nunez
October 9, 2019

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I’m not sure how I heard about the line for Star Wars : The Force Awakens, but I know I signed up on Eventbrite.  The line up was organized by LiningUp.Net.   I had already bought Star Wars marathon tickets for an AMC Theater for my niece and myself, but I wanted to see what the line up was all about.  I signed up on the first day in the forecourt of the historic TCL Chinese Theatre Imax. I brought my folding camp chair and a bag of snacks and found a spot to hang out.  The line event began on December 5, 2015 and ended on December 17, 2015 with the first show of The Force Awakens followed by an after party inside the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on the 3rd level of the Hollywood & Highland Center.

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This little dog’s cape was amazing!

You’re immediate thought may be “It’s going to be stinky with all those unwashed people.”  That’s not true.  Here are the logistics for how the Line Up is run in the time of internet pre-purchased tickets.  You sign in with the organizer manning the check-in table.  A release is completed and signed when you first sign up/check-in at the table.  You can leave the line for a short time (to smoke, go to the bathroom, grab food) as long as it’s a short-time, I think about 20-30 minutes.  If you leave for a longer time, you need to check-out with the check-in/out table.  So it’s easy to run home to take a shower, get more clean clothes, etc.  The organizers tabulate the amount of time each person spends in line.  The person who has the most hours gets to select their seats/tickets first, the person with second highest time selects their seats/tickets second, etc.   I believe it was the Star Wars: The Last Jedi line they added a QR code to our name badges to use an app to tabulate the hours.  It was easier for the organizers and for the rest of us, because there was more than one person who could check us in/out.

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Even Santa Clause stopped by to say hello!

It was easy to make some friends, but I began the day by just hanging out with myself and observing the crowd.  I read a little, played on my phone, and people watched.  In case you are unaware, the block of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange is very tourist heavy.  Many of these tourists come into the forecourt of the Chinese to see the famous hand and footprints.  The weather was nice for December around the mid-70s, but I brought a lap blanket, scarf, beanie, and warm gloves.  There were other newbies like myself as well as veterans from past lines (beginning with Episode I) some of whom hadn’t seen each other for several years.  The purpose of the line is obviously to see the newest Star Wars film, but with pre-purchasing of tickets, it isn’t necessary.  LiningUp.Net uses the line up as a way to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

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LiningUp.Net organizer, Peter Genovese doing a press interview.

The forecourt of the TCL Chinese Imax Theatre is private property which is “fenced” off from the public once the theater closes for the night.  They have their own security personnel stationed in the forecourt to keep people out.  The staff of the TCL Chinese was fantastic in supporting the Line Up group, allowing us to use the restrooms throughout the day and night.  Being able to sleep on top of the hand and footprints of Hollywood’s famous past and present is an amazing opportunity.  We had fun calling “dibs” on certain celebrities’ hand prints each night.  I’ve slept on Natalie Wood’s prints and Marilyn Monroe, but I sat on Denzel Washington’s prints a lot during the Line.

I didn’t camp overnight the first weekend and worked the following week, but I took some vacation time so that I could camp out all day and night for the second weekend through to opening night.  Of course the temperatures dropped significantly the second weekend of the Line Up, and I hate the cold.  I’m a Southern California native, of course I hate the cold.  It was also raining off and on so that didn’t help me to keep warm.  I had packed the free rain poncho I had received in my swag bag from the Oscars bleachers in 2013, so I put all of my stuff onto my chair and placed the poncho over everything to keep them dry.  I then went to the “$10 souvenir store” (in reality everything is $5—every single day so don’t believe the hawkers they have outside) to see if they had any umbrellas as I had left mine at home.   I did go home after 2 days to take a shower and grab my regular umbrella for the rest of the week.

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There are a lot of news outlets who came to cover the Line Up, so be prepared for that.  You don’t have to do press if you don’t want to, but you may be on camera which may be an issue if you called out of work saying you’re sick as some people have done.  We also had some special guests stop by the Line Up such as Anthony Daniels (C3-PO) who spent quite a bit of time taking photos with us and telling us a story about C3-PO footprints in the forecourt.  Ray Park (Darth Maul) stopped by when it was raining a little (it had been raining off and on all day), and did a little lightsaber “sparring” with a few of the Line members.  I may put some short (and shaky) video of that on my YouTube page.

There was a lot of noise from the tents being set up on Hollywood Boulevard for the Red Carpet Premiere which was scheduled for December 14, 2015.  We had to clear the area by 6am the day of the premiere, and we were all given time in line during the premiere festivities until we were able to return.  The premiere had closed off 3 or 4 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard to traffic.  On the day of the premiere, there were security stations with metal detectors on every corner.  This made it impossible to line up on a side street during the time we were cleared out from the forecourt.  I didn’t return to the Line Up after the premiere except for a brief visit to say hello on my way to the Star Wars marathon at the AMC Theatres in Burbank.  I made some great friends during my first Line, and these became deeper friendships during the following Lines and beyond.

You can get more information on the Star Wars Lines at LiningUp.Net.  Like their Facebook page here.

Please check out the great work the StarLight Children’s Foundation does, and please donate here.

You can see me in some of the press coverage here and here.

John Wick : Chapter 3 – Parabellum Red Carpet Premiere

John Wick : Chapter 3 – Parabellum Red Carpet Premiere

By Veronica Nunez

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The third installment of the John Wick films held its red carpet premiere at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on May 15, 2019.  Those of us who had lined up early with our fan passes were placed into a small area at the entrance to the red carpet (black carpet in this instance) where we could possibly get an autograph or selfie with the arriving celebrities.  Most of the fans bunched up on the end where the carpet began.  There was a large empty spot near the street, and that’s where I placed myself as I would be able to see the premiere guests exit their vehicles.  I was a mere three feet from the drop-off entrance of the black carpet.

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Some surprising celebrity appearances were David Hasselhoff, Alex Winter (perhaps not that surprising), and Gavin Rossdale.  Gavin Rossdale approached the carpet entrance from the opposite corner (cars pulled in from Highland Avenue east of where I was).  He was walking with his girlfriend, and, I believe, the rest of Bush were behind him.  I looked to my right, and there was Gavin walking in my direction.  I yelled “Gavin!” in surprise and he smiled and waved.  I didn’t ask for a photo, but took a few of him while he walked.  He and his girlfriend left the premiere shortly after they arrived, and as they were leaving, other fans were screaming his name and he turned his head.  I waved and yelled “Bye, Gavin!”, and he waved and smiled.  I discovered that Bush has a song on the John Wick : 3 – Parabellum soundtrack shortly after the premiere.

I knew Keanu Reeves’ car was arriving as his handler was telling the Los Angeles Police officers that he had Keanu coming right now and he (Keanu) will want to go across the street (that’s where autograph hunters and fans were lined up).  He needed the police to help stop traffic so that Keanu could cross safely.  Mark Dacascos and David Hasselhoff were the only other celebrities to go to the fans across the street.

During the celebrity arrivals, I was texting with a friend, and I sent him the pictures of Halle Berry.  He mentioned that if I got some pictures of Keanu Reeves, he would score major points with a friend of his who loves Keanu.  I texted him quite a few pictures of Keanu as you see here.

After the arrivals were finished, we waited to be given our tickets to go into the theater for the screening.  I didn’t get into the screening as they had run out of tickets. I was a little annoyed since other premieres with fan areas will give you your ticket prior to sending you into the fan area.  I still had a great time, but I wasn’t thrilled to pay the $17 parking fee after not getting into the screening.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald Fan Event

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald Fan Event

By Veronica Nunez

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We got up at 3am on a Saturday morning to attend a special fan event at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park on November 3, 2018. We were wristbanded and given tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood upon check-in.

The event began with an Imax screening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald at the AMC Theatre at Universal CityWalk.. There were donuts from Voodoo Donuts and coffee and tea available for us before the event as well as gorgeous tote bags containing buttons and keyrings.   There were costumes from the film’s characters on display while we waited to be allowed to enter the theater.

After the screening we walked to Universal Studios and enjoyed riding some rides prior to the press event with the cast members of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald being held in front of Hogwarts Castle. We had been told that our wristband may get us into a viewing area for the press event, but that wasn’t the case even though there was room in the roped off area.

I did get a few photos of Eddie Reddmayne while he was giving interviews in another area of Hogsmeade prior to the main press event.

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Eddie Reddmayne

We ended up leaving shortly after not getting into the press event as the weather had gotten warmer than we had expected and we were tired since we’d been up since 3am. It was a really fun fan event, and it was completely free!

 

Young Fandom

Young Fandom: Why Representation Matters

by Veronica Nunez

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**Contains Spoilers of Avengers: Endgame.***

I headed to a local movie theater which has very low ticket prices in the mornings and matinees to see Avengers: Endgame a fourth time.  Since it was part of a smaller theater chain I was hoping they would still have some Avengers/Marvel collector cups and popcorn tins available.  Arriving at 10:56am I was still in time to buy a ticket for the 11am show and was seated next to a father with his daughter who appeared to be approximately 8 years old as far I could tell in the darkened theater.  This is about this girl and how her responses to Avengers: Endgame really affected me enough for me to still be thinking about it days later.

This little girl was fantastic.  She laughed really loud at the funny scenes and was completely engaged in the happenings in the movie.  In the early part of the movie Tony Stark is adrift in space with Nebula, and Tony lies down and Nebula comes to check on him.  When Tony doesn’t respond to Nebula’s moving his face I heard a sharp intake of breath from the girl.  I just thought “just wait.”  From what I could tell from the girl’s responses to the movie I believe she’s seen most if not all of the MCU films to date.

Two main instances I want to cover focuses on when Mjolnir goes to Captain America and when the women surround Captain Marvel to assist her in getting the Infinity Stones to Ant-Man and Wasp at the van.  When Mjolnir flies into Captain American’s hand most of the audience in the theater applauded and cheered, but the little girl just said “Whaaa?!” quite loudly.  I couldn’t help but to laugh.  I turned to her and she was looking at her dad (who was sitting between us) confusedly.  Her reaction told me that even if she doesn’t know much of the Marvel comics or lore, she knows from the films that only Thor can wield the hammer.

The audience didn’t cheer when the women came to Captain Marvel, but the girl loudly said, “girl power!” and clapped her hands.  I looked over at her and she was absolutely beaming at the screen thoroughly enjoying seeing these women kick ass on the screen.

When Thanos and Captain Marvel are fighting for the stones and Thanos pulls out the Power Stone, the girl quietly said, “oh, no.”  Later, everyone in the audience cheers when it’s revealed Iron Man has taken the stones out of the gauntlet Tony had made, and the girl jumped to her feet clapping and cheering.

I wasn’t able to talk to the father and daughter duo after the movie as they left just as the credits began, and I left after the six core Avengers’ credits (with the actors’ autographs) finished.  The girl’s reaction when the women come to assist Captain Marvel is just another reason why we need more female superheroes and female leaders in television and films.  This little girl definitely knew the characters and some of the lore, yet she got the most excited seeing women support another woman and see them fight a common enemy alongside the all of the men.  We need to see more females leading figurative and literal battles on screen for the younger generations of all genders.

MX4D or 4DX – Comparison and Review

MX4D or 4DX – Comparison and Review

by Veronica Nunez

**Spoiler Warning: this review is based on viewings of Avengers : Endgame and contains spoilers**

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Seat back in MX4D theater at TCL Chinese Theatres

Two years ago I wrote a review for WeirdLifeofV.com comparing 4DX and DBox premium theater options available at that time.  You can read that review here.

I saw the first shows of the morning for each showing, and both where in 3D.

I saw Avengers : Endgame in in Digital 3D in the MX4D theater at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood at an 8am show time.  This was my second experience seeing a film in MX4D the first was for Captain Marvel.  I noticed that the wind bursts appear to come from the armrest, near the cup holders. It may also spray a bit of water, but if it did it was so minimal that I don’t recall it happening.  There was limited scents, but I noticed the metallic, burning metal smell more than any other scent (it was almost unbearable during Captain Marvel).  A nice touch is the rain effect.  In the scene where Hawkeye/Ronin is in Tokyo and it’s raining at the end of the sequence.  The rain effect is enough that I and a few others covered our popcorn, but not enough to soak you.  It doesn’t rain on you during the entire scene out in the rain or you would get soaking wet.  The motion for MX4D is mostly “punches” and vibrations of the seats with something to smack your legs for the instances when a character is having their legs swept during a fight sequence.

Something to note is the onscreen warning about the motion effects of MX4D and the 40” minimum height requirement.  Also, there are wheelchair spaces with companion seats, but there are no seats with lap belts which the 4DX at the Regal LA Live does have for those who need it (at least they had a few seats with lap belts in December 2016—I didn’t verify these seats this time.)

At the time of my initial review of 4DX there was only one theater in Los Angeles or Orange County to have 4DX which is at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.  There is now a 4DX theater at the CGV Cinemas in Buena Park, which I’m hoping to check out in the next few months as it is a bit cheaper than the Regal 4DX.  We’ll talk about pricing later.

I saw Avengers : Endgame in 4DX at the first showing on a Tuesday at the Regal Cinemas at LA Live.  4DX has sets of 4 seats which are connected together.  The seats for 4DX actually move tilting up and down and tilting a bit to the right and left.  For example, when the camera swings up during the funeral scene the seats gently swing up along with the camera’s movement.  There is a control on the right arm rest to turn off the water effect for your seat.  The water effect sprays from the back of the seat in front of you (I don’t know how the effect works for the seats in the front row.) The spray was pretty intense which required me to wipe the water off of my 3D glasses almost every time. It has the same “punching” and leg motion effect as MX4D.  Wind effects come from large fans mounted along the right and left sides of the theater.  These can be very loud if the scene of the movie you’re watching is quiet.  There isn’t a rain effect for the 4DX, and they don’t have a warning image displayed on the screen, but they do show a sort of trailer with full effects before the regular trailers for upcoming movie releases finish.  This gives you time to get out if you find you can’t handle it.  There is more strobing in the 4DX than I noticed in MX4D leading me to believe that MX4D doesn’t have any.  There is minimal scent in 4DX, and I only noticed it when we see Tony Stark at his cabin by the lake.  I could hear something being blown/sprayed, but it was a minute or two before I could smell the pine scent.  The motion during the last half of the movie was intense.  Beginning with Thanos’ attack on the Avengers facility all of the way through to Iron Man winning the battle the seats were moving with the action.  In most theaters you feel a rumble in the seats because the sound is too loud, but in 4DX the seats vibrate without blowing out your eardrums.

For pricing, TCL Chinese Theatres has a set pricing of $29 for MX4D in Digital 3D with no senior or child pricing available for any show time.  Regal LA Live has 4DX in RealD 3D for $25 (child) up to $29.50 (adult) for afternoon and evening show times.  Morning / matinee shows are slightly less.  I went on a Tuesday morning.  Tuesdays at Regal are $9 for any show if you have their rewards card, which I do.  There is a surcharge for premium formats so I paid $17 versus the $25 it would have been without the Regal Rewards card to see Avengers : Endgame in 4DX in 3D.

The CGV Cinemas in Buena park has 4DX tickets in RealD 3D for Avengers : Endgame starting at $21.75 for morning shows up to $26.75 for evening shows and no senior or child pricing available for any show time.  I really want to check it out soon since it’s about the same distance from my home as Regal at LA Live is, and I won’t have to deal with downtown LA traffic or parking prices.

Verdict:

4DX packs more of a punch, though I find the fans annoyingly loud and distracting.  The 4DX feels more like a ride than a theater, which I really enjoy.  The TCL Chinese Theater has better picture quality for all of their screens (especially their Imax which I HIGHLY recommend) the MX4D experience doesn’t match the high ticket price.*

 

*If you include the parking fees for seeing the movie at Regal LA Live in 4DX versus at the TCL Chinese Theatre in MX4D, they are about equal depending on where you park for LA Live.

Have you tried 4DX or MX4D or any other immersive/premium movie experience?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments.