UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 and IMAX
300 Goddard Boulevard,
King of Prussia,
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Regal Entertainment Group (Official)
Operated by: Regal Entertainment Group
Previously operated by: United Theatres
Functions: Movies (First Run)
Previous Names: UA King of Prussia 16
News About This Theater
This 16 screen (including IMAX) theatre now operated by Regal but still advertised as United Artists is a short distance uphill from the King of Prussia Mall in Montgomery Country and northwest of Philadelphia. It is not directly part of the mall. Opened April 21, 2000, the United Artists King of Prussia 16 was constructed with all auditoriums having surround sound and stadium seating. Auditorium 9 is the IMAX, which closed in 2001, but later reopened and usually shows mainstream blockbusters. Auditoriums 5 & 12 opened as the largest regular auditoriums with 488-seats in each. Auditorium 12 by 2013 had been refurbished to be the RPX (Regal Premium Experience) with a huge curved 60ft wide screen. Auditorium 7 is the next largest with 305-seats. Auditorium 10 is the next largest and had 260-seats, but was redone in 2019 as a 4D auditorium.
Auditoriums 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, & 14 are medium sized for this theatre, each with about 200-seats. The smallest auditoriums are 1, 2, 15 & 16 and range from 145 to 154 -seats.
This theatre replaced other theatres operated by United Artists, including the Plaza Theatre which had been twinned, at the King of Prussia Mall, and the nearby Queen Theatre.
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Cinedelphia: According to LF Examiner – Theatres Listing, “KOP” is equipped with both IMAX Laser GT dual projection and IMAX 70mm projection.
IMAX Laser GT projection is intended to replace IMAX 70mm projection, and this has been the case for most venues. But not all–the IMAX in London’s Science Museum (recently refurbished) is one that retained 15/70 projection. (Not that there’s much point…!)
The BFI London IMAX is an oddity, given it’s very much an iconic venue. However, a scheme to redevelop the site it’s on and surroundings is in the planning stages. BFI have signed confidentiality agreements with respect to this. Whilst a replacement IMAX, one might imagine, would be likely (à la Darling Harbour IMAX, Sydney,) it’s hard not to draw conclusions on why responses such as the one offered to yourself are given to queries about IMAX Laser GT not being installed.
Fay Studios (Movie Theatre Interior Services) – “KOP” IMAX Refurbishment Photos:
On both the Regal website, and Fandango, for this theatre, it is only listing for the premium screens for IMAX and 4DX. I would assume the RPX was converted back to a regular screen.
I’m not sure what to make of the RPX, from the pictures it appears to be Theatre 12. 12 is playing Spider Man at 2:50, 6:30, and 10:05. The 2:50 looks to be at RPX price ($16.40) and the other two shows are standard price ($14.10).
I have right up there in the Intro that Aud 12 is the RPX. I fully expect it is still being used as RPX.
“RPX” is their own “Premium Large Format” brand; they can call any auditorium they like “RPX”* (unlike, e.g., IMAX, where IMAX supply all equipment, auditoria are built or modified per IMAX spec., IMAX-specific versions of releases are supplied, etc.)
If they have dropped the “RPX” branding, then it would still be equipped with the same projection/sound, unless equipment was downgraded?
(*Regal’s website says the following: “[RPX provides] a giant immersive screen [which] is illuminated by high-quality digital projectors and completed with a state-of-the-art sound system.”)
I’ve seen a movie in the RPX there. It is a much larger screen. Not matted for ‘scope films. Seats are nicer. I believe sound is better. The auditorium looks & functions much differently than the regular auditoriums.
HowardBHaas: Good to hear that it does offer a “premium” experience.
It’s not that there is no difference between operators' own-brand “Premium Large Format” (such as “RPX”) auditoria and “regular.” As you say, you would expect a relatively big screen, high-end projection/sound, etc.
For a proprietary premium format such as ScreenX (with the image extended along the sidewalls using additional projectors)–if the contract (with CJ4DPLEX of South Korea–yes, the “dreaded” 4DX is from the same company!) is terminated, then ScreenX versions of releases (which contain the additional image data for the sidewall projection) won’t be supplied.
Therefore, (even if retained) the sidewall projection can’t be used. By definition, it’s no longer a “ScreenX” auditorium.
Whereas, removing “RPX” branding would make no difference if nothing else has changed–the auditorium would still provide the same experience…
Maintaining a “premium” experience does require upgrading to meet current expectations. Perhaps that explains what’s happened here; for example, if the RPX lacks Dolby Atmos? This is certainly specified for parent company Cineworld’s “Superscreen” PLF own-brand auditoria.
This is a 16 screen not 17, it’s also a single laser IMAX, not dual :(
Seanf: The single laser (“Commercial Laser”) IMAX projection system is excellent; except that, for reasons presumably known only to IMAX, it supports 1.9:1 only. (Thinking about it, perhaps the “dual lens” used with the single projection system for 3D makes it unviable to also have a changeover to a vertical anamorphic lens for 1.43:1?)
Going by LF Examiner, the screen size at this venue is 71ft. wide and 51ft. high. Too bad, then, that the single laser projection was installed, as 1.43:1 continues to be used for selected releases.
Whilst this is an existent site, parent company Cineworld Group have opened new builds with 1.43:1 screens with the single IMAX with Laser projection system installed. A recent example is Cineworld Ashford, the IMAX auditorium of which (in a newly-built extension) only opened a few months ago; screen size is also at the ~70ft. mark, which is within the capability of the single laser projection system. All a bit odd…
CF100: From what I gathered taking to an IMAX tech is the 3d setup for GT is too pricey to be worth it. IMAX does have a lens for the single laser setup that will allow it to project 1.43 but brightness is not up to par yet and with so little IMAX films actually coming out in 1.43 it doesn’t make enough sense. NOW on the brightside there’s a chance Oppenheimer will open in 70mm