July 10 Cineworld Regal Cinemas to reopen all theaters – Update On Unlimited Pass Subscription

Cineworld, owners of Regal Cinemas, and where we watch nearly all new wide release movies in our areas is now saying “all” their movie theaters will be reopened on/by July 10, 2020.

“We are thrilled to be back and encouraged by recent surveys that show that many people have missed going to the movie theater,” CEO Mooky Greidinger said in a statement. The company has deferred salaries for its directors, suspended quarterly dividend pazyments, and said last month that it was seeking $180 million from banks and government support programs to conserve cash and remain a viable business.

Cineworld and Regal Cinemas to reopen in next few weeks – CNN

Have not received any update from Regal Cinemas as of this writing the status of the Regal Unlimited Pass. (see below) They haven’t billed since March, when around the middle of the month they closed all theaters.

UPDATE 6/16/20 8:47pm PT – Regal sent the following email:

It’s reasonable to assume when they reopen on July they’ll give that partial month free to those of us who paid for the entire month unlimited movies cut short in March 2020 and resume billing in August 2020 for all unlimited pass customers, but this is pure speculation on my part as nothing official has been announced on either their official website or via email to their customers (neither of us have received any email yet).

My speculation is exactly what Regal did for existing subscribers. Billing will resume in August 2020 for unlimited subscribers like us.

AMC has previously stated their plan was to start reopening in theaters in July, but I haven’t seen an official statement with a date attached to when. As linked above, Cineworld is giving specific dates (US – July 10) with some theaters opening in the last couple weeks of June outside the United States.

Will be glad to see theaters reopened in our area. Traffic is on the rise, restaurants and bars are reopening, casinos have already been open for a couple weeks, so bring on the movie theaters.

Will you be at your movie theater on opening day watching movies?

Assuming there are movies we want to see, yes, we’ll be there. I’m guessing they’ll reopen with access to movies that have been released to VOD, since there is only one new wide release movie scheduled on July 1. Mulan is scheduled to open wide on July 24. Warner Bros. delayed Tenet to July 31.

We’ll begin to see more movies start to fill in on/after July 10. The movie theaters need to get some of those summer $$$.

Regal Closes All US Theaters, Suspends Billing for Unlimited Pass Customers

This is a sad day for movie theater fans. Finding a movie to play in a theater — any theater — in any United States city? Difficult, perhaps soon to be impossible. AMC and Regal Cinemas have closed all their U.S theaters.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter they expect most, if not all, cinemas in the U.S. to follow suit and go dark in the coming days, much as in Europe and parts of Asia. Regal is the first U.S. circuit to make a blanket announcement.

Regal to Close All U.S. Theaters Indefinitely Amid Coronavirus Pandemic | Hollywood Reporter

We’re down in Las Vegas right now and yesterday we caught — literally — the last showing of The Hunt ⭐️⭐️ at 4:30pm at the Boulder Station casino in Las Vegas. We then tried to go down to the Palace Station for the Cinebarre and it was already closed (see sign above).

We received a note from our Regal Unlimited app that they are suspending billing temporarily. We were both wondering if we’d be billed $42 USD for the month when there were no movies we could see, even if we wanted. Turns out that Regal already has planned this out. Good for them. We wish the theaters were still open, but appreciate not being charged for something we are now unable to use.

Unconfirmed as of this writing, but I believe Cinemark theaters in Las Vegas are still open — they are showing movie times as of moments ago — so movies can still be seen in those theaters, but who knows how much longer they’ll hold out.

MGM has closed down their 14 properties on the strip in Vegas, and that alone feels weird. Even during 9/11, which by the way, we were also in Las Vegas, everything stayed open.

How long will these theater closures last? We tried asking questions but even the employees we spoke to were told nothing. Only that they needed to close and there were no answers as to when the theaters would reopen.

Sad, sad days.

24+ movies to watch in 2020 to make buying an Unlimited Pass worthwhile

Wonder Woman 1984 is the 2020
movie I most want to watch

24 movies watched at the theater is what makes an unlimited pass for the year worth buying. The average moviegoer sees only 3-4 movies per year, which if you’re only seeing that few movies in the theater, it’s better off paying for it on each visit.

Can you identify 24+ movies in 2020 you want to see? Let’s use this post as our reference guide: FIRST LOOK: 75+ Movies Coming To Theaters In 2020 (this post is being updated throughout 2020, so bookmark and return as movies do move around, get dropped and added as time goes on)

Movies I Want To See in 2020

Here is my list — as of this writing — of 24+ wide release movies I’m looking very forward to seeing (or have already seen in January, but still in theaters as of this writing). Keep in mind I am planning on seeing every wide release movie and at least some limited release movies, so my actual list is the one linked above plus additional movies not even on the list.

This list are more noteworthy titles and ones that I find the subject matter especially interesting. My top movies of interest have an asterisk (*) in front of the title.

  1. JANUARY 2020
    *1917 (wide release in US in January 2020) – nominated for 10 Academy Awards
  2. Bad Boys for Life – Martin Lawrence, Will Smith
  3. The Rhythm Section – Blake Lively
    FEBRUARY
  4. *Birds of Prey / Harley Quinn – Margot Robbie
  5. *Fantasy Island – Blumhouse horror remake of classic TV series
  6. *Sonic The Hedgehog – Jim Carrey
    MARCH
  7. Onward – Pixar animated original
  8. *Bloodshot – based on Valiant Comics character starring Vin Diesel
  9. *A Quiet Place Part II – the first one was soooo good!
  10. Mulan – Disney live action, will make a ton of $$, not sure how good it will be
    APRIL
  11. *The New Mutants – Marvel spinoff
  12. *No Time To Die – Bond 25, Daniel Craig’s last dance as Bond
  13. *Trolls World Tour – rock and roll evil trolls? Sign me up!
    MAY
  14. *Black Widow – ScarJo in her standalone Marvel movie
  15. *Scoob! – a younger Scoob looks like fun
  16. Saw 9: The Organ Donor
  17. Fast & Furious 9
    JUNE
  18. *Wonder Woman 1984 – the 80s and Wonder Woman back kicking it!
  19. Top Gun: Maverick
    JULY
  20. *Free Guy – Ryan Reynolds as player in videogame
  21. Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  22. Tenet
  23. *Morbius
    AUGUST
  24. Escape Room 2
  25. *Bill & Ted Face The Music
    SEPTEMBER
  26. Monster Hunter
    OCTOBER
  27. Venom 2
  28. *Halloween Kills
    NOVEMBER
  29. *The Eternals
  30. King Richard
  31. *Godzilla vs. Kong
    DECEMBER
  32. Dune
  33. *Coming 2 America
  34. West Side Story

There are other movies with titles listed that I don’t know enough about as of this writing and/or there are no trailers available yet to fully gauge my interest. It seems like it is within 90 days of the release date that we learn the most about a movie coming out and can fully determine interest in watching. In some cases it’s less than 45 days. Only the major blockbusters tend to get advertising and promotion six months or more away.

Being it’s the end of January, I’m going more off of the source material and or what type of movie it is rather than any real details on the film. Like James Herbert’s Dune is a fantastic novel but can/will it be adapted to the screen good? Don’t know. West Side Story is from Steven Spielberg and I like many of his movies, plus the source material is good. Coming 2 America is the sequel to Eddie Murphy’s classic comedy and I’m very excited about seeing that.

If you haven’t seen any of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture, there are 8 more movies than the 34 listed above. There are also some notable animated movies I didn’t list above like Minions: The Rise of Gru in July. For that matter, July is shaping up to be the best month in 2020 for new movies.

How many movies in 2020 are you looking forward to seeing in the theater?

Yes, More Perks and Quirks to Entice Moviegoers Please + Regal Unlimited 2019 Recap

Theaters with comfy recliner-seats are totally the way to see movies in 2020 and beyond

Movie theater owners that want to remain relevant should pay attention.

Dinner and a movie service? Yes. Alcohol? Yes. Comfy recliner seats? Yes. Top notch sound? Yes. Old school arcade games in the lobby?

Regal Cinnebar in Salem, Oregon has a retro arcade game area

Absolutely.

Hope I don’t sound greedy, but think all will help attract adults to visit your theater more frequently.

Thirty-three percent of those who went to a theater three to five times in the past year spent four to seven hours streaming every week, with 30 percent of those who went to the theater six to eight times in the past year reported spending the same amount of time streaming. Out of those who’ve been to the theater more than nine times in the past year, 31 percent said they stream 15 or more hours per week, according to the study.

Madison Theatre will use perks and quirks to entice movie-goers – Times Union

Reserved Seating is BETTER than open seating

Just read this complaint about how “awful” it was watching a movie at the theater these days:

If you have not had to watch films under the same conditions that the general public does, you have no idea how awful an experience it is. We recently went to see “Dark Waters.” We had to buy reserved seats, but the movie theater was practically empty. Then the assault to our senses began with a series of surround sound commercials, followed by awful coming attractions, interspersed with more commercials.

Going to the movies these days is a horrible experience

Can’t disagree more strongly with this moviegoer.

Having seen every wide release movie in the theater for the last 6+ months, I know that reserved seating is a benefit and better for customers. I would rather be able to know where I can sit that nobody else is sitting before buying a ticket and entering the theater and being surprised by what seats are left.

As for previews/trailers before a movie starts? Look at the starting time for a movie and add 15 minutes. Make that your actual starting time for the movie and you’ll skip seeing most/all of the previews. In Regal cinemas, make it 20 minutes. You can tell in Regal Cinemas when the movie is about to start because the brief student film plays right before the movie starts.

Back to reserved seating, if you buy your ticket in advance … say stop by the theater earlier in the day and buy the ticket and reserve your spot, then you don’t have to worry about coming late and getting stuck with a bad seat.

Over 2.5 million movies seen by Regal Unlimited members in 6 months

In August 2019, Kara and I both signed up for Regal Unlimited passes enabling us to see any new 2D movie as many times as we wanted for essentially $22/month USD. I just received a 2019 recap for all the movies seen in 2019:

Movies I saw at Regal theaters in 2019 since August 12 = 7,538 minutes = 125+ hours (5.3 days!)

A total of 68 movies seen in theaters that were all rated and reviewed. According to the email I had $685 USD in “savings” by buying the unlimited plan vs. paying the per visit ticket price (around $12 average per movie).

68 x 12 = $816
$22 x 5 mos. = $110
= 816 – 110 = $708 (my numbers are close enough to theirs)

If you are going to watch 2 or more movies a month in theaters, the unlimited pass is well worth it.

Let’s face it, staying home is not what everybody needs or wants to do. Movies provide a social outlet to get out of the house and do something. We need to stay active in this world or we’re dying. Staying in the home bunker watching on your TV, no matter how elaborate, is not the same social experience. This isn’t “romanticizing” the theater experience as some like to label it.

This year we should watch 100+ movies in the theater. Figure a minimum average of 2 movies open wide every week, and assuming we see all, that’s 104+ movies (52 weeks x 2 = 104 movies).

See you at the theater in 2020!

My $3.50 Controversy At Regal Cinema When Seeing Joker

A Regal Unlimited member charged me $3.50 by mistake while trying to see Joker

On Thursday 10/3 when I went to see the Joker movie, they charged me $3.50. It wasn’t a 3D or IMAX or 4DX showing, so there should not have been any surcharge for the Regal Unlimited members. The employees both told me that “some movies will have an additional charge.”

I questioned them because of the almost 30 movies I’ve seen in 2D so far under this plan, none of them have had any movie surcharge, but they insisted this was correct. So, I paid and then went out to my car and dialed up the 1-800 Regal Cinemas customer service line. I was on hold for about 10 minutes before I reached a gentleman and he put me on hold while he checked into it.

He came back on the line and asked me if I was still at the theater and if he could speak with the manager there. Seemed a bit strange that he’d want to speak from Regal help line on my phone to the manager at a Regal Cinema location, but hey, I went with it.

When I walked back inside a woman was there nicely dressed who looked official enough to be a manager. I asked her if she was the manager and told her that the Regal customer support line wanted to talk to her about me being charged $3.50 for a ticket to joker when I already had a Regal Unlimited plan. She rudely shut down the customer support guy and then berated me for calling them instead of talking with her first.

I said, “I”m sorry your employees told me there was nothing that could be done, so I called the Regal customer service line and asked if this was the correct procedure.”

She refunded me the $3.50 again complaining at me for not seeking her. I replied, “Maybe you need to train your people better?”

Anyway, I share this story for other Regal Unlimited members. This is a great plan and I’ve seen a lot of movies using it the last couple months and this is the first time I’ve had any sort of question or issue with it. Just beware some Regal employees apparently do not know how to charge for tickets at the concession area.

As for Joker , the movie? You can click the title and read my no-spoiler review or I recorded a YouTube Joker movie review (no spoilers either) as I left the theater:

MOVIE REVIEW: Joker (2019)