Creating A Las Vegas Event and Activity Schedule – February 2021

In March 2020, when we last visited Las Vegas, we saw a Beatles imitation show — only limited shows will be playing in February 2021 — and social distancing in action, of course

When taking a vacation, we like to make a list of possible planned activities. In a city like Las Vegas, where we’ll be a few days, the list of potential activities is long.

NOTE #1: This post, unlike most, will continue to be updated with things we find to do. It’s been a work in progress for a couple weeks already.

(NOTE #2: Taking vacations during the pandemic could be a controversial topic for some considering the current times were living in. We have been working the entire time uninterrupted during the pandemic. Not that I feel like we need to make any excuses for taking vacation, it’s important to note this with sensitivity since many people are out of work. By us vacationing and spending money, we’re helping to keep at least some people employed. We’ll be responsible, wear masks, and follow safe travel guidelines. People need to spend in order for businesses to make money and employ others.

There’s multiple ways to look at things. Our position all along has been that if we can be in public working and putting ourselves at risk 40 hours a week, every week, then we can relax and put ourselves at risk (responsibly, of course) once in awhile on vacation. Luckily, neither of us has gotten sick yet. Maybe that’s pure luck, or evidence that we’ve worked safely this whole time or, who knows, but we’re not going to stay cocooned at home forever. We’re going to go out, live our lives, follow the safety guidelines, wash our hands, wear our masks, and so on.)

Just for reference, in March 2020, the first of two times that month we visited Vegas, here’s what our list looked like:

Event Schedule + Interest List – 3/4 – 3/6/2020

  • SWIPE CARDS AT RED ROCK BEFORE PLAYING ANYTHING — 50+ Senior Wednesday
  • WED 3/4/20 – 12pm,3pm,6pm or 9pm @ Regal Red Rock Casino – My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising 4DX + 2D MOVIE
  • WED 3/4/20 – 7pm @ Red Rock Casino – Rocks Lounge – THE FAB: Beatles tribute lounge act — NO COVER CHARGE (FREE)
  • THU 3/5/20 – 1:20pm or 4:20pm @ Galaxy – Sonic The Hedgehog D-BOX MOVIE
  • THU 3/5/20 – 9:30pm @ Regal Red Rock Casino – Onward 4DX + 3D MOVIE
  • FRI 3/6/20 – 9pm @ Palms Casino – Billy Idol – tickets at ticketmaster – start at $36 USD / each.

The second trip ended prematurely when all gaming in Las Vegas was shut down. All movie theaters, too (see: Regal Closes All US Theaters, Suspends Billing for Unlimited Pass Customers)

Tag: Cinebarre Palace Station (our tag is misspelled, argh!)

Now check out our list for 2021 …

Event Schedule + Interest List – 2/3 (Wed) – 2/4 (Thur)

We’ve greatly expanded on that list for this trip, although we don’t have as much time scheduled there this trip.

#1 “new” movie we want to see, highly rated by others

Movie Theater Showtimes in Las Vegas

We probably will only have time to take in 1 or 2 movies while we’re in town for this trip, because we have so many different things we want to do and are only down there a short time. These are the three movies we’d most like to see:

  1. Promising Young Woman
  2. The Mad Hatter
  3. The Marksman

Other movies we haven’t seen are listed with showtimes at various theaters in the greater Las Vegas area. We also want to catch a Snappy Burger drive-in movie, but we’ll have to text (see below) for the movies available there. Seems like they are probably showing older full length movies there.

#2 new movie for our
watchlist

Galaxy Theater Green Valley – (closest to where we’re staying)
4500 E. Sunset Rd. Ste 10
Henderson, NV

  1. The Mad Hatter
    WED: 4p, 6:25p, 8:50p
  2. The Marksman
    WED: 4p, 9:05p
  3. News Of The World
    WED: 5:05p

Sante Fe Station Casino – Century 16 Theater
4949 N Rancho Drive

  1. Promising Young Woman
    WED: 4:40p, 7:40p
    THURS: 4:40p, 7:40p
  2. The Marksman
    WED: 4:05p, 5p, 7:55p
    THURS: 4:05p, 5p, 7:55p
  3. News Of The World
    WED: 4:25p, 7:25p
    THURS: 4:25p, 7:25p
  4. Monster Hunter
    WED: 4:50p, 7:35p
    THURS: 4:50p, 7:35p
  5. Fatale
    WED: 7:20p
    THURS: 7:20p

AMC Rainbow Promenade 10
2321 N Rainbow Blvd

  1. Supernova
    WED: 5p, 7:15p
    THURS: 5p, 7:15p
  2. The Marksman
    WED: 5:15p, 7:45p
    THURS: 5:15p, 7:45p
  3. Fatale
    WED: 5:30p, 8p
    THURS: 5:30p, 8p

Other Theaters In Las Vegas We Might Want To Check Out

  • Maya Cinemas – D-Box, Dolby Atmos and more — DINNER & MOVIE theater
    2195 N. Las Vegas Blvd

CASINO Promotions and Other Activities

As in all prior casino-related visits, we’ll be looking for and playing movie-themed slot machines.

The Rocky slot machine pictured above was found in a California casino (yes, we won some $$ on it, too)
  • WED – STATION CASINOS Casino – SWIPE CARDS AT Red Rock, Green Valley Ranch, Palace, Boulder, Sunset or Santa Fe BEFORE PLAYING ANYTHING — 50+ Senior Wednesday
  • WED / THURS – 3am – 3am – SOUTH POINT CASINO – 9777 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV – $400,000 SPIN TO WIN, earn 500 points on any machine, play Spin To Win to win free play and free points
See: Spokane, WA Hobby Lobby May Not Be Singing In The Rain like Northern Quest Casino
  • WED / THURS – 10am – 5pm – MANDALAY BAY – strip – Shark Reef Aquarium – ($43/person for 6×9 picture and souvenir)
  • WED / THURS – 4pm – 10pm – EXCALIBUR CASINO – strip – 4D San Andreas Adventure ($9.99/person)
  • WED / THURS – 10am – 11pm – VENETIAN CASINO – strip – indoor or outdoor Gondola Rides ($29/person buy tickets at venue)
  • WED / THURS – 4pm – Midnight – LINQ CASINO – strip – High Roller Ferris Wheel ($32.75/person anytime ticket)
  • WED / THURS – 2pm – 10pm – PARIS CASINO – strip – Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck ($21/person price varies, best at night in dark)
  • WED / THURS – 11a-11pm – Snappy Burgers – 101 N Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV – Snappy Burgers (drive-in movie, adult feature length movies are after 9pm, text SNAPPY 474747 for movie schedule)
  • THUR 11am – 6pm – Luxor Casino on the strip – Titanic BODIES Exhibit ($42 per person purchase at door — $84

Do you live in/near/around Las Vegas? Recommended movie-related events or activities?

As always, your feedback is welcome. Can you mention any movie-related events and activities in/near/around Las Vegas? We’re going to have a rental car, so we can travel. Think broadly, could be location shooting of movies, so places to possibly visit? We’re open to any/all suggestions, no matter how far out they might be. Don’t want to be too limiting.

See: Caesars Las Vegas offers Twilight Zone by Monster Mini Golf

Tried to get Kara interested in the Dinner In The Dark event, but she’s not that adventurous an eater. While that might be an activity that doesn’t seem movie-related, darkness, horror, yeah, it’s stretch, but hey!

Upcoming Movies Watchlist in 4DX at Red Rock Regal Cinema Las Vegas + D-BOX and DFX Experience Search

Showing on Wednesday 3/4/2020 at Red Rock Regal Cinema in 4DX

The Regal Red Rock movie theater opened in May 2019. We last visited Las Vegas in September to experience the theater and this week will be visiting there again.

Our goal is to see two movies at least in 4DX format. The first will be the animated My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising.

The second, Onward, will premiere on Thursday 3/5/2020 in 4DX 3D at 9:30pm.

Then we’re coming home on Saturday and Kara flies back to Vegas on Sunday for business. I’ll be joining her a week later for vacation and hoping to catch another new release in 4DX, this one a sequel I’m looking very forward to:

Showing on Thursday 3/19/2020 at Red Rock Regal Cinema in 4DX

Hopefully, we can catch another bonus 4DX showing or two, if they are available. The week between my Vegas visits, four new movies are being widely released: Bloodshot (why isn’t that in 4DX?), The Hunt, My Spy and I Still Believe. Two, Bloodshot and My Spy, arguably three (if you include The Hunt) could be the type of movie that would work well in 4DX format.

As I search around the Bloodshot film. It is being offered in the following formats:

D-BOX? What is that? Cousin of XBox?

Had to do a double-take on “D-BOX” because that isn’t a format I’m familiar with (see: Different Enhanced Screening Audio and Video Theater Experiences). Google to the rescue.

The official D-BOX website: http://tech.d-box.com/entertainment/ has the details.

D-BOX redefines and creates hyper-realistic, immersive entertainment experiences by moving the body and sparking the imagination through motion. This expertise is one of the reasons why D-BOX have collaborated with some of the best companies in the world to deliver new ways to enhance great stories. Whether it’s movies, video games, virtual reality applications, themed entertainment or professional simulation, D-BOX mission is to move the world.

About D-BOX

The format has been around longer than 4DX, but is similar, at least in how the seats move based upon activity in the movie. A Google search brought up several Las Vegas area theaters — not Regal, it seems — showing movies in D-BOX format, including at least one dinner theater! Yay.

Google Map search results for “D-BOX theaters in Las Vegas

Adding this to my to-do list to possibly see Bloodshot in D-BOX. Maybe some theater somewhere in Las Vegas offers a D-BOX movie experience.

Sonic is showing in Las Vegas in D-BOX format … this is a strong possibility too!

Just when you think as a moviegoer you might know all the formats, there is another format screening:

What is DFX format? I don’t know, but it’s at the same theater as Sonic in D-BOX format

DFX is Dolby Atmos sound in Galaxy theaters.

Can’t say we’ve ever been to a Galaxy theater and listening to Dolby Atmos sound is on the list. We have seen RPX format at Regal (see: First Ever RPX Experience Review Terminator: Dark Fate) which is a variation on the format.

Looks like we’ll have several titles in multiple different formats to explore and experience while in Las Vegas. I’ve made a preliminary list including when and where these special format movies are showing while we’re in town.

List of movies to see in special formats (if possible) while visiting Las Vegas

  • WED 3/4/2020 – My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising – 4DX @ Red Rock Regal Theater
  • THU 3/5/2020 – Onward – 4DX + 3D @ Red Rock Regal Theater
  • THU 3/5/2020 – Sonic The Hedgehog – D-BOX @ Galaxy Theater
  • THU 3/5/2020 – The Invisible Man – DFX @ Galaxy Theater
  • Bloodshot – D-BOX ???
  • THU 3/19/2020 – A Quiet Place Part II – 4DX @ Red Rock Regal Theater

Do you like seeing movies in special formats? Which one do you prefer? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Awesome 4DX First Experience Watching Rambo: Last Blood

Immediately outside the theater, you know the action is about to go down looking at this sign

For our 30th Anniversary my wife and decided to check out our very first 4DX movie. We went to the only HDX theater in Las Vegas: Regal at the Red Rock Casino and a movie I’ve been very eagerly anticipating, Rambo: Last Blood was playing and we, along with 18 other people I counted, were treated to the first ever HDX Rambo showing in Vegas:

The tickets to not have the “D” in 4DX and when we asked there was not reason

In the lobby of the theater there was a cool Rambo: Last Blood ad teaser:

What self-respecting Rambo fan wouldn’t want this?

The HDX sign by the ticket checking person is pretty cool too:

You almost feel like you should be strapped in for this ride

We decided against our usual popcorn and drink, fearing spillage and entered the theater. As mentioned above, we only counted 18 people, us included, in the theater. Our seats were literally the most center spot in the entire room — row F. Awesome seats!

HDX seats are in groups of 4 at a time with a break. They shake, buzz, move side to side in a swaying boat-like motion, along with the occasional dip forward and back

The seats are a bit stiff to sit in, but not uncomfortably so. Right before the preview trailers, they played the Regal roller coaster graphic and it is full on HDX activated. It felt a lot like we were actually riding a roller coaster. The seats shake, buzz, move side to side in a swaying boat motion as well as shift abruptly and dip forward and back, but not as such an extreme angle that you would go flying out. Meanwhile there are various scents spraying into the audience as well as light mists of water dripping. I noticeably felt water drops on my face multiple times during the screening.

You can turn off water on a switch on the seat, if that’s not your thing. We both kept it on. A few times in the movie when Rambo did damage with his big knife, the blood flying translated into water dropping from somewhere.

Overall we loved the HDX experience. It added to the movie and was well the extra $8 each we paid. It felt just like some kind of theme park amusement ride. If we had an HDX theater closer I’d want to see every action movie in HDX. Closest one to us is downtown Seattle, which is like 30 miles away, so we aren’t too far from experiencing this again.

As for the movie itself? It met my expectations, click to read my review of Rambo: Last Blood [HDX]⭐️⭐️⭐️½  . I’ll likely see it at least one more time again before it leaves the theaters.

Highly recommend the 4DX experience to other moviegoers, especially action fans. I bet the next Avatar and final Star Wars movie will be a fun experience in HDX.