14225 W. Colfax Ave.
Golden, CO 80401
Review by Jason Harbaugh from Home Theater Forum 04/08/07
(See also UA Colorado Mills Stadium 16, a sister theater across the street. Neither shows the same films. So new releases will be on one or the other.)
Across the street from the mall and the Stadium 16 theater sits the Stadium 12. It is slightly older and run by the same company, Regal Entertainment. This theater used to boast THX certification. Back when MI:2 was released I had never been more disappointed in a presentation before. A light in the ceiling stayed on for 20 minutes during the film that shined right into my seating area and the sound was playing in stereo instead of surround. I wrote a complaint to THX on their website and curiously enough, all of the theaters THX signs were missing a couple months later. They have cleaned up their act since then.
There are 2 screens that I try to watch films on at this theater and they are identical. Screen 8, and Screen 9. They are the two largest, with stadium seating and very good sound systems. Screen 6 and Screen 7 are slightly smaller, and most of the time take spillover from the films playing on 8 or 9. Not my first choice, but they are better than most. The rest of the screens are tiny multiplex screens that I would avoid.
Stadium seating is the theme here as well. The seats are starting to get worn, are short, and have fixed arm rests. Not as comfortable as the Stadium 16. The tiers aren't as steep, but you shouldn't have anyone blocking your view.
Smaller lobby with concessions and a few games . There are consessions outside of screen 8 and 9, but it is only open during the weekends or during popular screenings.
This theater plays the same 20 minute ad pack as the Stadium 16. The official trailers start at the time on your ticket.
I haven't had the same problems I did back when this theater claimed THX certified and I believe most of that has to do with new management. I feel comfortable knowing I will have a good time viewing a new release on any of the above mentioned screens at this theater.
Overall, these two theaters, under current management, are quite good and remain my first choice when checking out a new release.
Screen 8 & 9 Cinema Grade = B - (Adjusted after comments below)
Sunday, April 8, 2007
14225 W. Colfax Ave.