Are the New Luxury Experiences at Ward and Kapolei Theaters Worth the Extra Cash?

Beer, wine and upgraded food with your movie sound great, but there are some drawbacks, too.


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The Comfort Factor


Every seat in each individual theater at Regal Kapolei Commons 12 is an all-electric, fully reclining modern equivalent of a La-Z-Boy. Push a small button and the seat silently leans you back and brings your legs up. Release the button at any point in the journey to pause the chair where it’s at for your own optimal viewing angle. There are fewer seats in all the theaters to make room for these larger-designed chairs, complete with a swivel half-table for your food and drinks.


Consolidated Theatres Ward 16 is still in the process of building out its specialized luxury seating. However, for those looking for optimal seating at Ward currently, the XC screens offer plush leather seats. These recline too but require manpower rather than electricity.


The Technology

Ward 16 has a convenient purchase feature that allows guests to select specific seats in The Premiere theaters, with numbers printed on each ticket, so there’s no desperate searching for seats in the dark once the movie starts and no chance of an overcrowded theater. The Titan XC screens offer 4K digital projection and a state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos sound system with ceiling speakers and powerful subwoofers and bass.


Kapolei 12 offers equally impressive digital projection systems, wall-to-wall floating high gain screens and Dolby Atmos sound as well. Direct satellite technology will also allow for streaming programming, such as for live concerts or sports events. Rest assured that both theaters offer an impeccable moviegoing experience. Just to be sure, we watched Captain America: Civil War on both; trust us, all of your favorite superheroes have never looked so vibrant.


The Prices

Regular ticket prices in The Premiere at Ward 16 cost $13.75 for adults and $9 for children, compared to $12.25 for normal non-matinee seats.


Regular ticket prices at Kapolei 12 cost $13.50 for adults and $10 for children. Digital 3-D and Premium Cinema tickets cost an additional $3.


Our Conclusion


In time, both theaters will figure out what works and what doesn’t and will hopefully fix and finish building out their respective theaters. And, honestly, the theater you go to is most likely decided based on where you live. After all, it’ll take one heck of a hot dog to convince someone who lives in Honolulu to drive out to Kapolei, and vice versa.


At the end of the day, the biggest question we’re left with is whether all this work to bring big meals and reclining chairs to the movies will result in a more powerful overall experience—or just a $20 dollar nap.


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