Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Checking out the D-Box

On a day where all the big people were occupied this weekend, little man and I decided to take in a movie. Instead of going to the local theater though, we drove to the capital city and made a day of it. We had shopping to do anyway (back-to-school is today for us), so we decided to go where there were more options (our town is really small).


The theater had this big sign outside to indicate movies and times. We already knew our movie times before we left home, but I loved this feature. I wish they had it where we are because it's a lot easier than parking, unloading the kiddos and running inside when we want to know what movies are on, and what time they're playing, if we're out and about and decide to go on a whim.


Another thing they had that I didn't expect was a Classics selection. They actually play some of the oldies but goodies on the big screen. For a mere $4 ticket price, movie goers get to see such selections as 'Gone with Wind,' 'Citizen Kane,' 'Casablanca,' and more. They run a movie every day, and I think this would be a fun idea for a date night.




Once you get past the entrance they have this testing area for the D-Box Experience. There are two chairs and a big screen. You press start and sit down. The chairs rumble and move along simultaneously according to the action in the movie. It's nice and smooth, not at all jerky. They play a 'with' and 'without' excerpt so you can really compare the differences between D-Box and a traditional movie right on the spot. My son thought it was awesome. 


There is a game room inside, and lots of big, fun cut-outs. We took a picture of my son standing in the middle of the One Direction guys because we knew the teen would flip. To say she's a fan is an understatement. She knows so many fun facts about the members that I think she thinks they're family. ;)


A movie's not a movie without popcorn, and luckily when you're little, it costs just under $4 for a child-sized snack pack, complete with fruit gummies. ;)

It was a fun way to spend part of our day, and the little extras they had at the theater made it even better.

Have you seen the D-Box Experience at a theater near you? Would you use it? I can see kids of all ages (including my oldest three who are 25, 20, and 14) having a blast in there! I thought it was a fun concept, but for me, I'll pass. ;)

64 comments:

Manzanita said...

That was a fun outing. Nope. Never heard of the D-Box. But of course, Montana is always the last to know. Hahaha

Masshole Mommy said...

Sounds fun. We have something like that as a gimmick at a local furniture store. It's called MOM and stands for Motion Odyssey Movie Ride. They usually have seasonal movies like the Polar Express there. I haven't taken my boys yet, though.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Hahah quality time with Mom!! And popcorn too! What a life... looks like your son had a great time.

Z @ Kicking Kilos said...

Looks so cool. I think I would enjoy a D-box a lot :)

Suzan Sweatman said...

Never heard of the D Box - but think maybe I'd try it once !!!
You're such an incredible Mom Rosie - wow - you never ever stop!
XOXO

Pat Hatt said...

First I've heard of D-box either, not sure I'd use it though.

mail4rosey said...

You're the first person I've had contact with that lives in Montana. I think it's cool to learn a little about it here and there from visiting your blog. :)

mail4rosey said...

Now for the Polar Express I might do it, that could be fun. You've also got that great pajama train ride for Polar Express, if I remember correctly!

mail4rosey said...

Thank goodness for the kid packs. Popcorn costs a small fortune at the theater. ;)

mail4rosey said...

You're braver than I am. :) I think it'd be fun for about ten minuets. ;)

Lindsey Domer said...

I have never heard of this before! Looks like a ton of fun though! My husband would love doing something like this! :)

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mail4rosey said...

Cuz you're adventurous! :)

I'm only semi-adventurous. I don't think I'd like two hours of shaking and rumbling around in a movie seat. ;)

A comment above noted The Polar Express being offered in a similar manner, I might do that one, for the little guy, just because I know he'd LOVE it. :)

Theresa said...

I have never heard of this before. What an interesting concept! I don't know if I would personally use it, but I know my girls would probably love it!

Chatty Crone said...

I haven't heard of that either - but you son is a cutie pie!

Karen Glatt said...

I can see where kids and teenagers would love the D-box experience. I have never heard of it, but I do not want any movement when I am watching a movie. It would be distracting to me. But it does look like fun for the young folks!

Sandee said...

You do the coolest things with your kids. I think that rocks.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

~ Noelle said...

that is so cool... i have not seen them before, but will for sure be on the lookout now...

mail4rosey said...

2 hours is a bit much. ;) The demo was cool. Everyone's always trying to make everything better, aren't they? Not that it's wrong... just saying. :)

mail4rosey said...

I didn't think to ask my husband if he would like it or not. I suspect the answer would be no, but I'm curious now. :)

mail4rosey said...

I'm not sure my little one could do it for two hours, but def. the older kids could. :)

mail4rosey said...

He's a sweetie. And now he's in school all day (enter wailing here). :)

mail4rosey said...

So with you on this one. :)

mail4rosey said...

I think your nice comments rock. :) Thank you, Sandee. :)

mail4rosey said...

I'm thinking it was probably there the last time we went to that theater, which was for our first IMax experience a long time ago now. I vaguely remember seeing the area, but not paying a bit of attention to it. We must have been in a hurry that day. :) I haven't seen it around here anywhere, or heard advertisements for it.

alissa apel said...

I've never been to anything like that. Sounds like fun!

Lanaya | Raising Reagan said...

That is sweet! And you are SO right ... popcorn and a movie, necessary!

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mail4rosey said...

I like that theater. I wish it was closer to home.

mail4rosey said...

The kids think they cannot see a movie if they don't have popcorn. ;)

Pepper said...

I think even I would love that D-box experience. It certainly takes movie watching to the next level.

Veronica Lee said...

I have never heard of this before. How interesting! Looks like you cute son had fun.

mail4rosey said...

It does take it to a new level.

I saw your 10-day foodie visit for your blog, that rocks, Pepper!

mail4rosey said...

I wonder why it's not advertised a lot? It could be on TV... I don't know?

Thanks for the compliment. He had fun. :)

Brian Miller said...

that d-box sounds pretty cool.....we have a dollar theatre which is where we usually go...too expensive to hit the regular theatre....

mail4rosey said...

We usually go before 2:30 to get the better priced tickets. ;)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

How neat. This is the first time I've heard of this!

mail4rosey said...

It's odd to me that it's not advertised more.

Pride In Photos said...

What a very cool theater experience! We just got one, that has leather huge seats and where you can order dinner and drinks and take it in the theater with you.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

No way! That is my hometown area!!!! I was at that theater all the time before I moved!

GranTurismo Driver said...

Nice post, great blog, following :)

mail4rosey said...

They had a dollar theater in Florida where you sat at round tables and the waitresses would come around and take your order to eat/drink. :)

mail4rosey said...

It's a bit of a drive for us, but it was a special day (little man turned 6), and everyone was busy doing something until that night so I wanted to treat him to something fun/nice. :)

mail4rosey said...

Just headed over to follow you back. :)

Susan Cook said...

My daughter is a crazy One direction fan too.

I haven't seen a movie place like that, but looks super cool. I would love to see Gone with the Wind on the big screen.

Thanks for sharing :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

I've actually never heard of this before! I wonder when it will come to my neck of the woods? :)

Henrietta said...

I haven't seen this before! I do have to say though that I would have to go see all of those old movies on the big screen, how fun!

mail4rosey said...

I think I'd like to see Gone with the Wind on the big screen too!

mail4rosey said...

You being punny? :)

The freezer bars you have up today look yummy.

mail4rosey said...

I don't think I've ever seen an old classic on the big screen. I think it'd be fun too.

Kristin Aquariann said...

Fun theater! I'd probably pass on D-BOX unless there's room for two to cuddle. ;D

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mail4rosey said...

Reasonably priced theater too, if you go to the early shows or the classics. :)

Courtney G said...

I can always watch Gone with the Wind. After seeing Jaws at 5, I still have issues with great white sharks. I cannot watch that opening scene with the girl getting attacked still.

stevebethere said...

What a cool thing to do although this is the first time I have heard of a D Box I don't think it is in the UK yet.

Have a tanfastic rest of week Rosey ;-)

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for stopping by again!!

Hugs,
Debbie

mail4rosey said...

I read the first chapter as a kid, and never got any further, nor did I care to see the movie. It was a haunting scene for a kid, for sure!

Binky said...

Never heard of the D-box thing. I'd like to see some of the classics on the big screen, though. That's a really good idea.

Ann Jones said...

I love that they play classics. My husband and I would love that :)

Colette S said...

That looks quite interesting.
I've not heard about the Dbox experience at all!

Glad you both made an adventure out of it :)

Kristi Maloney said...

Sounds like you two had an awesome day. My boys would love to check out that D Box.

mail4rosey said...

Sounds like a rap song doesn't it? Or maybe that's beat box?? lol So much for my 'hip' knowledge (wait, saying 'hip' is not cool either, is it? *sigh*). :)

mail4rosey said...

Thanks for visiting back, Debbie. :)

mail4rosey said...

I thought that was an awesome idea too. Not sure my little one would sit through one though...he might have to go w/dad or sis to another movie if I took in one of the classics. ;)

mail4rosey said...

Such a good idea! I hope they get a good showing for it!

mail4rosey said...

'twas a fun day all around. :)

mail4rosey said...

Def. something boys would like (mine for sure), especially on the action scenes.