|2801 SW 27th Ave, Ocala, FL 34471, USA
My husband and I saw the 4 PM viewing of Beauty and the Beast today. I am particularly fond of this fairy tale especially when presented in a musical format, but we were greeted with a very disappointing acoustic experience. The initial staff was friendly and the cleanliness of the theater were fine, but the overwhelmingly loud sound system is not to be excused. We suspect the threshold of noise level of the movie in theater #10, was approximately 130 decibels: which equates to being in the audience of a live rock band! Early in the movie my husband stepped out of the theater and tried to politely address the volume issue with one of the cinema ushers, only to be casually dismissed by the young lady. The 130 sound decibel ebbed and flowed in correlation with the musical numbers. By default we covered our ears during approximately 70 percent of this movie. The volume was fine during the numerous preceding movie trailers, so evidently proper volume control can be achieved in the setting of theater #10. There is a time and place for loud entertaining music that is worth the pain level of 130 decibels, but not a charming musical with symphonic voices based on folkloric elements. My ears are still uncomfortable as I write this review so will not risk another similar experience at Regal Hollywood Stadium in the future.
So I struggled a little when I went to write this review because I saw several peoples review and they all exclaim that this "is the best theater in Ocala." Well, that may be true, but then you are setting an extremely low bar to meet. The fact is that this theater is garbage when compared to real theaters around the state (and I am sure the country as well), and it is a shell of its former self. I am not even writing this review with disdain because of the cost of the tickets and food which only adds salt to the wound. The whole facility is minimally kept up, and the colors of that place were an abhorrent choice when it was first built in what looks like a pathetic attempt at some sort of pseudo art deco and it is still a horrible choice today but now the ugly colors are just more faded. If you want a theater with some class and upkeep, go to the Marion Theater in downtown. If they arent playing your film in the main room, then make the drive down to either one of the villages theaters. If you dont care about class, and you like spending significant time in a seedy dark room foraging through horny teenagers as they feel their way through most if not all of the bases then Hollywood 16 is the right theater for you!
We were there me and my wife. My wife is Latina and speaks very good English. She stept out during the movie and wanted to use the rest room. She aproched a young lady and asked " excuse me, but could you point me to the rest room" my wife speaks perfect English keep that in mind. The empolloye then gims at her and with a sarcastic response says " sort lady I dont speak Mexican." She walked back in the theater and sat next to me and I could tell she was bothers by something. I asked her was everything OK? She was hesitend to tell me due to the racked that Im a persons that I dont give a blank Ill address it. Moments later she asked to leave. Then I new something was wrong. But still she would not tell me knowing I would blow up. At home she finally shared her experience. I was pissed of and wanted to go back and give this girl my thoughts. We dont live in that world anymore, but I guess Regal has not hottenbthat memo.
This theater is pretty good. They have done some renovations recently that have made it a lot nicer than it was a few years ago. They re-did some of the theaters along with new seats. However, I dont like how some of the seats recline and some of the theaters the seats do not. Its definitely the nicest theater around though. If you think its bad go see a movie in Gainesville. The theaters in Gainesville are far worse. My only complaint is the "IMAX" is what I call a "Lie-Max". While the theater does have much improved sound and picture over the regular theaters, it is not a true IMAX. If you want a true IMAX go down to Regal Orlando on I-Drive. Their screen is probably three to four times the size of the "IMAX" in Ocala and is a true IMAX. Having said that, I think this theater is still pretty good compared to whats around and I enjoy seeing movies there.
Always has the latest films in stock in addition to a couple indie films every now and again, great location for families looking to have a night out (Restaurants and a Fun Center all within walking distance surround this theater). I recommend getting a Regal Crown Club membership asap if you plan on visiting this location often, free movie tickets, popcorn, and drinks you just cant beat it. The prices tend to be a bit higher here for tickets and food, however snack selection is rather vast. All of which will be enjoyed within incredibly comfortable chairs that recline back just a tad, as well as arm rests that come up if your significant other wants to cuddle or is feeling cold during the movie.
This theater is a gift from heaven. The theater is a blessing to this earth and should be preserved and admired like the equal wonders of the world like the parthenon. I once bought a bucket of small popcorn for $12 and it was worth every penny. I only choked twice on the luxurious stale kernels as I chowed down whilst watching the dim lit screen glisten with colors and static. If you do not watch your movies here... You dont watch movies at all. I met my wife at this theater, she doesnt know yet, or me for that matter, but I can feel that we are soulmates.I could ramble on for days, nay YEARS about how wonderful this theatre is. All in all I would rate 10/10. I love ocala 6 theaters.
A Private User
This theater isnt THAT old, compared to the others in Ocala, FL ... this is actually the NEWEST movie theater in Ocala, FL. However, its taken a lot of wear n tear. Its been through a lot and hasnt had a lot of upkeep. The seats are NOT comfortable, but it does offer stadium seating. They use different size theaters for different movies ... they have a few huge ones and many smaller ones. I say, take the extra 30 mins and drive down to the Villages and go to the Old Mill Playhouse in Sumpter Landing. This place is TOPS! The chairs ROCK, the arm rests go up and down ... and it kinda reminds you of an old world theater, but with a new and modern feel!
due to a computer glitch, I LOST $20.00 because REGAL would not exchange the date I had actually signed for/wanted, their web site took me back to the day I put the purchase order in & not the day I actually wanted. Regal said they would not refund/exchange because it was out side their 2hr window. The purchase was made during the window, therefore was not allowed, they would not give a senior person the benefit of doubt, I guess they needed my money more than they thought I did. So, any seniors, beware & do not buy tickets on line, they also charge a convenience fee also, some service!!!!