Looking for 4D cinemas near me? If going to the movies is a family favourite, it would be hard to resist the temptation to check out the new tech. The big silver screen experience alone is pretty great but a sensory cinema like 4DX – extreme cinema, is on another level of epic!
The way we watch movies is becoming more and more immersive. When Avatar came out in 2009, 3D was viewed as one of the most exciting things in entertainment. Today, ten years later, practically all new films are available in 3D. So how do cinemas spice things up? By throwing 4D into the mix, of course!
What is a 4D Cinema?
If you’re wondering what 4D cinema is all about, the answer is – an amplified sensory experience. It features high-tech motion seats combined, and high-tech motion programming with environmental effects so you can experience extreme cinema! What this means is that as the action unfolds, your seat will move in synchronization with the what’s happening on the big screen.
Some forms of 4D cinema include extra features, such as water, wind, lighting, strobe lighting, scent, bubbles, fog and more. Sounds like quite the ride doesn’t it?
Sensory thrills and the raising of your blood pressure can be a really exciting experience for family members when watching a film. Feeling so immersed in something you almost feel part of the film is an experience out of this world. However, It should always be advised that those who suffer with any heart conditions or severe medical conditions should not attend 4D or 4DX cinemas, as they can be quite intense.
Speaking of types of 4D cinema, currently there are two available across the UK – 4DX cinema and D-Box. Read on to learn what the difference between 4DX and D-Box is, and where you can find a 4D cinema near you!
4DX Cinemas in the UK
Fancy turning your cinema experience into a couple-of-hours-long roller coaster ride? Then a 4DX cinema is where you need to be. Raining on screen? You’ll have water sprayed on you. Fight scene going down? You’ll feel a hit in the back of your chair. Featuring special effects, such as wind and water sprays, strobe lightning and scent, a movie in 4DX will definitely engage all of your five senses.
This type of sensory experience feels quite extreme and completely changes the way you experience movies. It’s perfect for action films, as it will have you fully immersed in the action on screen. Those of you who are into simulated thrill rides (think Star Tours at Disneyland Paris) will love it, but if you’d rather just sit comfortably and relax while the movie plays, 4DX cinema may not be your cup of tea.
Currently, there are 21 4DX cinemas in the UK, all owned by Cineworld. Check out the list below and find out if there’s a 4DX cinema near you!
Cineworld 4DX Cinemas Near Me
- Aberdeen – Union Square
- Birmingham – Broad Street
- Glasgow – Renfrew Street
- Ipswich | London – Enfield
- London – Leicester Square
- London – The O2 Greenwich
- London – Wandsworth
- Milton Keynes
- Newcastle upon Tyne
D-Box Cinemas in the UK
If 4DX is a bit too much for you but you still want to find out what 4D cinema is all about, you can try D-Box – a tamer version of 4D cinema, which uses motion purely to enhance your movie experience. D-Box seats vibrate and move in all directions to mimic the action on screen.
The D-Box experience doesn’t involve jets of air in your neck or water spraying in your face. You’ll also avoid the occasional punches in the back received courtesy to your 4DX cinema chair. Furthermore, you’ve got full control over the intensity of movement in your chair. If mid-way through the movie you realise D-Box isn’t for you, you can even switch off the system completely and enjoy your movie as usual.
Fancy giving D-Box a go? We’ll help you find a 4D cinema near you! Here’s a list of the UK cinemas that currently support D-Box technology:
ODEON D-Box 4D Cinemas Near Me
Cineworld D-Box Cinemas Near Me
4D Cinemas at Attractions in the UK
Want to have a taste of 4D cinema before you commit to a full-length 4D movie theatre experience with the kids? No problem! There are quite a few family-friendly attractions in the UK that offer 4D experiences. Those are usually shorts specifically designed for kids. This is the easiest way to find out whether 4D is something you’d like to experience more of.
So, here are a few of the top attractions that offer 4D movies:
UK attractions with 4D Cinemas
Can you have food in 4DX cinema?
You can buy sweets, popcorn, chocolate and all of your other standard theatre snacks on sale. Just try not to fling them in the air when the 4D effects make you jump!
How long do movies stay in 4DX?
4DX-enhanced movies don’t feature 4DX from beginning to end. 4DX effects are usually used in action scenes or suspense scenes of a film.
How old do you have to be to watch 4DX?
At Cineworld UK, it is advised that the 4DX enabled seats may not be used by children under 4 years of age. Sitting on laps is not allowed. Children aged between 4 and 7 may use 4DX enabled seats with adult supervision. Booster seats must not be used on the 4DX enabled seats.
Which is better IMAX or 4DX?
People tend to prefer IMAX, as it it’s curved screen allows audiences to see 25% more of picture. 4DX films are shown on a standard cinema screen.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog and feel a lot more clued up about where to go for your next immersive cinema experience. For more movie related content feel free to check out some of our latest blogs like Christmas Movies, Best new kids’ films, 50 family movies to watch, VR experiences in the UK, Family Movies Coming Out This Year and so many more!
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