Mikeh has offered to post the reviews he’s been writing on local theaters on the site over the remainder of the summer. This is the third posted and the rest will come up as he completes them. Enjoy!
I’ve now been to my 3rd new theater and I’m starting to see some of the differences between them as well as starting to identify what I appreciate about a theater and what will bother me. Today I’m reviewing the Regal Eagan Stadium 16 theater, how will it stack up?
I yet plan to review the: Paragon Odyssey 15 and Lakeville 21
On Saturday July 6th I visited the Regal Eagan Stadium 16 in Eagan, MN with my son to see the movie This Is The End at the 10:30am showing. This theater does not have a “premium” large screen so we saw the movie on whatever is their typical screen size. Screen size seemed about the same size as the Marcus screen size.
Ticket Purchase and Lobby – Ticket price was $7.50 per ticket (weekend matinee price), the highest matinee price thus far for a movie at a normal (non-super sized) screen. Not well publicized but their weekday matinee prices are $6.00 per ticket. You can pre-order via Fandango.com (there is a surcharge) or get the tickets at the entrance. We paid for our ticket just inside the entrance where they have a person in a glass faced room. Once you pay you go through some more doors into the main theater lobby. The lobby seems more open than at the Marcus theater and has a single concession counter along the far wall. Entrances to the theaters are on either sides of the counter, 8 to the left and 8 to the right. Along one wall were videogames and off to the side were some tables and chairs for those waiting for their show, or others they are meeting. Like Marcus this theater has an abundance of extra stuff on display like candy and such. So much so that at one location some of it actually blocked access to the counter requiring you to lean over it to interact with the staff. This theater has Coke products, so the Pepsi folks will have to sneak it in. Prices include tax and overall seemed to be higher than I’ve seen thus far. One issue I found was they use HD television screens for their concession listings and prices. They cycle through an animation that causes all the screens to not show any items they have or their prices. For me that meant an uncomfortable answer to the clerk who asked what I would like, and I had to say I do not know, what do you have. Eventually the screens calmed down and I was able to see prices, and we settled for 2 large pops and a large popcorn. When asked, I was told that large popcorns did get one free refill, but not pop. Though I did notice on the screen when it stopped that it says large pop or popcorn get free refills. So, maybe I had a new guy? A large popcorn is about the same size as the Marcus large size. One further note, popcorn seemed to be well salted but seemed to taste more like Carmike than the Marcus flavor. Also if you want to add salt, your only option is salt packets. They don’t have salt shakers available to salt your popcorn. They do sell flavored popcorn salts and I did see someone buying some.
Theater Impressions – We arrived in the theater at 10:06 for a 10:30 movie due to having an unexpected number of green lights. No one was in front of us as we got our tickets, or as we picked up our concessions. We were in our seats in the theater by 10:10 finding ourselves all alone (turned out we had the theater to ourselves, almost). Lighting in the theater was good. When you walk in the lights are up enough to see clearly the seats and the stair treads were lit by orange LED’s. The size of the theater is what I would now call standard for a non-huge screen theater. Seats at the floor level and then seats rising up like a stadium with stairs on either side of the seat rows. This theater did seem a bit longer vs tall in the last normal size theater. The seats looked like a newer style and the first theater with seats (that I noticed) where the armrests could be lifted up to make one large seat. When I sat down I was surprised to find that in this theater seats do not move, there was no recline to the seats. On top of that the back of the seat seemed thin and did not support my back fully. The thin backs along with lack of recline did have me noticeably shifting in my seat during the movie. Seat covering was fabric and the seat backs were not high, but a bit higher than the typical back heights I have seen for normal theater seats.
The standard package of pre-show stuff wrapped up right at 10:30 at which time the lights dimmed a bit, and movie previews and the turn off your cellphones videos started up. At 10:45 the lights dimmed all the way and the feature movie started. 15 minutes of previews was not too bad. Overall the movie display and sound was good. During the pre roll there was no indication for the type of projectors or sound system they have. I assume it was Digital and DLP, but nothing was indicated. The only real issue I ran into was staff from the theater distracting me during the movie. Twice during the show a staff person walked into the theater and then under the screen and then stood in the far corner with a clipboard that had some white paper on it. He would make some note and then walk out. Since it was just me and my son in there the extra guy walking around by the screen was definitely distracting. I have no idea what he was doing but I haven’t seen that activity and any other film I’ve been at before, maybe I just haven’t noticed at other theaters.
- One free refill on large pop and large popcorn.
- Seats without recline and thin padding on backs.
Staff walking in during the movie
High weekend Matinee prices
The follow is a list of prices I noted and include tax.
- Matinee Ticket – $7.50 (Fri/Sat/Sun) $6.00 (Mon/Tue/Wed/Thur)
Large Popcorn – $8.00
Large Pop – $5.75
Large Water $5.25
Large Slurpee – $6.75
Couples Combo Large $18.50
Have you been to Regal Eagan Stadium 16? If so what did you think about it? Do you sometimes wish you had waited for a rental when the seating isn’t as comfortable as your furniture at home? Do you think that staff members should be walking in and out of movies while they’re playing? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as we’d love to hear what you have to say.