Most movie-theater seats don't come with a seat belt. Then again, movie-theater seats won't take guests on roller-coaster rides or plunge them deep into shark-infested waters. For roughly 10 minutes, 7D Adventure immerses audiences in these sort of thrilling situations. Full-motion theater seats shift back and forth, move side to side, and vibrate. Meanwhile, 3-D glasses make whatever's on screen appear inches from an audience member's face?especially thrilling when a race car spirals out of control. To further re-create the realism of these events, the theater pumps in different aromas and elements, including smoke, water, snow, rain, mist, wind, bubbles, leg ticklers, back ticklers, air blast, and many more special effects. Audience members might even feel something tickle their legs, even though they made sure their dates left all feathers at home.
Sinking into the luxury stadium seats, patrons at Muvico Rosemont 18 enjoy the latest blockbusters in crystal-clear Sony 4K digital projection. Huge armrests in the Premier section leave room for midmovie dining and pre-movie thumb wars. Muvico also shows golden oldies in addition to new releases, and hosts live events, such as live comedy, sporting events, and beer and wine tastings.
The Theatre N at Nemours makes its home in downtown Wilmington, but its films come from far beyond the city's borders. The theater not only screens independent films from around the world, but its digital projection system also allows first-run features to appear in Wilmington at the same time as in larger cities. That way, locals are able to take in these exciting dramas, comedies, and documentaries when everyone else is talking about them too. As patrons watch in a comfortable auditorium that seats 200+, they also get plenty of snack choices like freshly popped popcorn and candy from the concession stand.
The wait for movie concessions shouldn't be as long as the movie itself. At Westown Movies, selecting a snack is as easy as dashing into a corner store?just grab what you want from the shop and then get into the checkout line. Beyond popcorn and soda, you'll also find tasty treats from local vendors, such as Pat's pizza, Pretzel Boys pretzels, and fresh whoopee pies from Smackerals by Michelle.
All these snacks keep rumbling tummies from drowning out the dialogue during a variety of first-run movies. Of Westown's 12 screens, the biggest is the GTX theater's 61-footer, equipped with Dolby Atmos sound and stadium seating with extra legroom. Aside from cinematic features, Westown Movies also rents out its screens for game parties, when guests can hook up their video-game systems and play out their own adventures on a grand, cinematic scale.
Talk Cinema offers an industry-insider peek of upcoming foreign and independent pictures, all curated by longtime film critic Harlan Jacobson. Guests receive the indiscreet honor of previewing the freshest films, followed by a discussion led by a guest speaker who might be a notable critic, a filmmaker, or an artisanal popcorn chef. Attendees have no prior knowledge of the day's screening, giving viewers a roulette of genres to experience, including psychological thrillers, romantic dramas, and heart-warming documentaries on the evolution of ice-cube trays. All shows start on Sundays at 10 a.m., with doors opening at 9:30 a.m.
The second annual Philly F/M Festival culls hordes of independent films and live music, emphasizing the interplay of the two media. Thursday night hosts the event's kick-off party as Philadelphia Slick douses the crowd with waves of toe-tapping beats and games of Simon Says. The neighborhood's lights dim on Friday as the film screenings begin at 7 p.m. with Sound It Out, a phonetically precise documentary that chronicles the last vinyl record shop in Teesside, England. Meet Me on South Street, The Story of JC Dobbs (September 24 at 6:30 p.m.) delves into Philadelphia's artistic subculture and underground crocheting scene from the 1970s to 1996 through the lens of one of its signature and now defunct musical establishments.