A month ago I asked what RPX was and the internet really wasn’t all that much help. Luckily I already had tickets to an RPX Show so I was going to find out anyways. I’ll make my answer brief at first; it’s a way for Regal Entertainment Group to get more of your money. In reality there are some differences from a standard film watching experience in a Regal Cineplex but I don’t feel that that benefits the movie going audience to match the $4 add on in the ticket price (non-3D).



First let’s understand the cinema that I went to, it has recently been completely re-done, so it’s seats are very comfortable to begin with, but the RPX were not as spacious or comfortable as the standard seats. They are leather wrapped so it is soft compared to the plush cloth that is in the other theaters but they are also cold as hell when you sit down. I’d imagine that when you sit down in the summer time they would be freezing since the theaters like to keep the temps in the 60’s for some reason. Maybe it makes you buy more concessions.


The seats aren’t supposed to be the only improvements it’s supposed to have cutting edge digital projection, huge screen and amazing sound. Let me break these down for you compared to other theater experiences. Digital projection, maybe it wasn’t the right movie to judge by because I saw Hanna, which was filmed to be more gritty and it’s hard to tell what was intentional and what was a quality that the projection added. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that it’s jaw dropping amazing when the right film is on there, mainly because some of the trailers were ones I’ve seen before and they really popped on the screen.


As for the screen size… meh,  it was huge I’ll give you that, but to anyone who’s seen an IMAX show, it wasn’t that big but it comes close. The biggest pitfall to the screen size is that it’s just larger of what you already have. IMAX separates its self in this respect. The IMAX screens aren’t the difference here; the movies that they show are most of the time shot in IMAX format. This means that if it was shot in IMAX it was shot with the IMAX cameras that shoot in the appropriate resolution and aspect ratio, which is larger than standard films are shot. Now IMAX does show movies that weren’t shot with this method and I’d assume that it’s pretty much the same projection process RPX goes through so they are pretty even in that respect. But take Tron: Legacy it was filmed in multiple aspect ratios and 3D and 2D. The film really shines in IMAX, anything that takes place in the real world is standard film process, and 2D, only when Sam gets to the Grid does it change to IMAX and 3D, it really shows you what IMAX has to offer over other formats when it slaps you in the face like that.


Sound, IMAX has some amazing sound, and so does RPX, something I felt about RPX that I didn’t feel like in IMAX was that it was crisp and clear and precise in it’s sound locations, but RPX was louder. As in it was dialed to 11, while IMAX was just at 10, unfortunately I wouldn’t say it’s a good thing. I love loud music, movies and just about anything with good sound blasting from any set of speakers is great. But this wasn’t, I felt like I was front row at a concert but not front and center, front and next to all the speakers. That’s not good, my ears were ringing a little at the end too. Of course I was watching Hanna so the Chemical Brothers soundtrack was awesome but it almost gained some distortion as well. I’d say that it was how the theater turned it up too much but RPX as stated by Regal Entertainment was custom designed for each theater it’s implemented and tuned to it as well. So poor design is to blame and it’s not the projectionist/theater’s fault.


So bringing it all back together, it’s a great experience but it’s not special enough for the $4 price increase. My advice is that if you want to see a movie in a different experience, pay the extra money, usually $5, and find an IMAX screen, it’s still top dog in my book.


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