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Joe Redifer
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Essex Cinemas

Get ready for the most EXTREME movie experience you have ever heard of, T-REX! T-Rex stands for Theatre Real EXtreme, motherfuckers! By taking advantage of the massive dinosaur hype from the early-to-mid 90's, Essex Cinemas lets you know that they mean business. It offers wide seats for your fat ass, state-of-the-art sound and an extra large screen that will make your head explode. But this isn't what sets Essex Cinemas apart from other theaters, no! What REALLY sets them apart is their commitment to the community and special programs.

What are your opinions on this highly controversial subject?

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Brad Miller
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This whole ETX/RPX/T-REX/FU-X nonsense needs to go away. [Roll Eyes]

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Monte L Fullmer
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..this is real bad advertising. You think people can be 'bought' with this yellow journalism nonsense?

Sadly, I now of one small circuit that advertises in a similar fashion that the grandeur of 3D presentations can outdo the neighboring competition...yet, both are using "Real-D"

..bringing back 70mm presentations would be much better to experience.

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Tom Petrov
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Forget T-rex. Titax XC is the worst I have seen.

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Seriously.

Do we really need 75,000 watts of sound?

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James Westbrook
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T-Rex.
Why does "Get it on (Bang a gong)" keep playing in my head?

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Bobby Henderson
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All those acronyms involving the letter "X" reminds me of porn. I suppose the youngest adults have a different frame of reference about that since the porn industry has mostly been a home video and Internet thing for the past 20 years -the X rating doesn't get used there much.

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Tom Mundell
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quote:
This whole ETX/RPX/T-REX/FU-X nonsense needs to go away. [Roll Eyes]
I agree! But given that it's still going on and still expanding, I guess people are paying for it? Does anyone know how these systems have or have not affected attendance? After a new IMAX/ETX/RPX/whatever auditorium opens, is there an increase in attendance, does it remain constant, or drop off over time?

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Tom Petrov
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quote: Tom Mundell
I guess people are paying for it?
I think the reserve seating part of some of these upgrades is good. You no longer need to worry about getting a good seat on a busy weekend.

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Brad Miller
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Reserved seating is another entire thing. It promotes people to arrive at the last minute, congesting the lobby and concession stand. It is also a big turnoff to the regular customers who arrive there early, excited to see the new movie at that theater only to walk into the auditorium and find most of the good seats are roped off. Many of those customers from what I've seen refuse to go back and find another theater not too far away that doesn't do reserve seating.

Awesome on paper, not so much in real life.

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Mike Blakesley
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Not to mention more of a time-consuming pain when buying tickets. The map they show you doesn't indicate where the babies and kids are sitting, so you have no option to sit somewhere else if you want to.

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Bobby Henderson
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I really HATE reserved seating. IMHO, the best seats in the movie theater should go to those who arrived first. We're not watching a damned live stage play or concert performance. It's just a movie.

The only way I'm going to like a reserved seating system in movie theaters at all is if the theater had an interactive web-based map of theater seats showing which ones were available and which ones were already sold. I don't like being forced to trust a ticket seller's word over the phone that what I have bought is a good seat and then end up stuck on some far end of the auditorium.

The only logical purpose I see in reserved seating is the theater stroking the huge egos of certain douches who need to feel exclusive and special and have their seat saved for them rather than showing up to the theater at the proper time.

BTW, quite a few live stage play/concert theaters typically have reserved seating, but many also promptly close the doors to the performance hall when the show has started. Get yer butt there on time or you're not going to be seated at all.

quote: Mike Blakesley
The map they show you doesn't indicate where the babies and kids are sitting, so you have no option to sit somewhere else if you want to.
That's the other HUGE disadvantage to reserved seating. It's pot luck on who sits next to you. If you end up stuck sitting next to some obsessive cell phone using douche bag you can't simply pick another seat. Some disruptions, like crying babies, are bad enough it doesn't matter where you are in the auditorium. But, damn, if that baby is right next to you the movie watching experience is all but ruined.

Much more often than ever before I have to visit theaters in off peak times, such as a week night and probably a week or so after the movie has started playing. There's too many OCD cellular phone users, crying babies, seat kickers, trouble makers and idiots talking to the movie screen to tolerate on opening weekend.

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Brad Miller
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Please continue this discussion on reserved seating here.

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Tom Petrov
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moved

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Mike Rivest
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UltraAVX ad from Cineplex Entertainment
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30943004@N00/5266903619/in/set-72157624072106730/

En Français:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30943004@N00/5267510128/in/set-72157624072106730/ et
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30943004@N00/5267510358/in/set-72157624072106730/

Still no response from Guzzo here in Montreal. Wanna bet they call it Gigantus, after a cinema they never finished past the foundation in Laval (Autoroute 13 area)
[puke]

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Tom Petrov
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Mike-Guzzo will get around to it eventually. Empire has opened one. Most of the AVX are older cinemas needs a re-design so it is the perfect way to mask the cost of the theatre upgrade/reno and pass it on to the patron.

Non of the AVX in the GTA are new-builds.

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