Went to watch Harry Potter 7 Part 2 last night. The movie was great, but more than just the movie, we enjoyed the experience itself rather than the movie.
There are a few movie theaters in Minato Mirai, the place we are staying. 109 Cinemas, Warner Mycal Cinemas, and Burg 13. We found that Warner Mycal Cinemas was offering the cheapest price. 109 was offering 1800YEN + 400YEN for 3D. Warner was offering 1200YEN (for any movies after 8PM) + 300YEN for 3D + 100YEN for 3D glasses. 109 also has late night prices but only for movies starting after 12AM.
We decided to be stingy and go for the 2D Harry Potter, spending only 1200YEN :)
So those of you who love popcorn and sodas during a movie, sizes are extremely small if you compare it to the US, even if you get the largest size. Also if you are like me who loves butter on popcorn, Japanese movie theaters do not have stalls with butter dispensers like the theaters in the US. You have to ask the employee for butter.
Upon entering the theater, the first thing I thought which was amazing and new was Warner Mycal Cinema's "VIRUS WASHER". Using water, the air inside the whole theater is cleaned. Viruses, allergies, smell, all GONE! :)
(Him)● The virus washer was quite amazing, once we entered the theater room it felt like we were transported to a tropical rainforest with 100% humidity. We loved it. In Japan the phone service providers install an earthquake service on every cell phone which alerts users of incoming earthquakes. When an earthquake is expected to happen the phones receive a signal and they go off with a warning of the affected area, magnitude and sometimes a countdown of the estimated impact time based on where your phone is, which is sometimes really creepy and quite accurate. About halfway through the movie an earthquake hit and nobody's phone went off, they actually put their phones on silent or turn them off!
Finally the most unexpected thing happened at the end of the film. People actually stay for the credits. In the US we are used to most people if not everybody standing up and leaving as soon as the credits start rolling through the screen...this is not the case in Japan. People actually stay seated, lights off, silent, everything until the very very end. This was quite amazing and unexpected so beware if you have a middle of the row seat as you will be lucky if anybody stands up.