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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Regal Theater Report

 By Paul Rudoff on Mar. 31, 2024 at 6:00 PM , Categories: Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire
Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire

On March 29, 2024, I saw Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire again. It was a much better experience than last time, and I took photos, so let's take a look...

My sister and I went to see Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire at the Regal theater in Westbury, New York because we recently found some free passes from 2020 buried in a drawer. Thankfully, they specifically said "no expiration date", and what better movie to use them on?

Upon entering, we were greeted by the "Regal Pop Up Movie Shop" display in front of the large concession stand, which featured various items for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, Godzilla x Kong, and Kung Fu Panda 4.

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They had a large metal popcorn bucket (more like a small kid's garbage can). The exterior features the frozen logo sandwiched between Garraka and the Ecto-1, with the name underneath, all of which is embossed. The interior features a blue iced design. There was also a tall plastic cup with Proton Pack blueprints on it. You can choose from one of several toppers: No Ghost Logo, Slimer, RTV, and Mini Puft.

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A frozen logo t-shirt was also available.

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Finally, there were small pre-packaged bags of "Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Green Caramel Popcorn", manufactured by Pops Corn, Inc.

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The price list was as follows:

Kung Fu Panda Combo - $15.99
Ghostbusters T-shirt w/ Popcorn - $24
Dune 2 T-shirt w/ Popcorn - $24
Ghostbusters Combo - $29.99
Ghostbusters Green Popcorn - $8.70
Color Changing Icee Cup 24 oz - $8.90
Godzilla x Kong Combo - $29.99

The "combos" were Plastic Cup with Topper + Metal Popcorn Bucket. You could not buy either item separately, which really sucks if you only wanted to buy one and not the other. I think these may have been the same toppers that were released for Afterlife. I don't know which movie the "Color Changing Icee Cup" was for, or if it was generic and not tied to any movie. The theater did not have the ghost trap popcorn bucket or the firehouse tin. The employee didn't have a clue what I was talking about when I asked about them. You can buy both of them through Regal's online store ($24.95 for the trap, $11.95 for the firehouse).

My sister bought the Ghostbusters Combo (with Slimer topper) and the t-shirt.

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We found our seats and, unlike the AMC theater last time, they were large cushioned recliner chairs. Our seats were in the middle of the auditorium, as I was not going to be wedged against a wall again.

Before the movie, there was a Regal ad - more like a short film, as it had credits - featuring employees busting a ghost in the lobby of a Regal theater using the ghost trap popcorn bucket. (How ironic that they advertised it, but didn't actually sell it in the theater.) They Regalbusters were wearing the Ghostbusters II Hardees Ghost Blasters. Drew Stewart of the Smoky Mountain Ghostbusters fan group appeared at the end.

Also before the movie was a "Ghostbusters Trivia" promo (probably made by Regal), consisting of four questions. (1) What is written on the license plate of the Ghostbusters car? Ecto-1. They showed a photo of the 1A parked outside the museum in Ghostbusters II. (2) What is the name of the iconic marshmallow brand in the franchise? Stay Puft. They showed a photo of a Mini Puft when Gary first sees one in Walmart from Afterlife. (3) What is the name of the blue blobby ghost in Afterlife? Muncher. They showed a photo of him during the chase scene being zapped. (4) What does PKE stand for? Psychokinetic Energy. No photo shown.

I enjoyed the movie a little more this time, but it still left me unsatisfied. At least I had a MUCH better time at the theater here on Long Island than at the theater in New York City on the 14th. It didn't cost me $75 in transportation to go to and from the theater, plus the $40 I wasted on an extra copy of Empire magazine (to be signed by movie stars I'd never meet). I didn't have to spend almost 90 minutes in transit to and from the theater. I wasn't stuck against a wall in a hard uncomfortable seat. The movie started on time - well, after 25 minutes of ads and trailers - and not an hour late. Every aspect was so much better, so maybe that's why I enjoyed the movie a little more this time.

VIP Exclusive - All seven original 3120x4160 photographs that I took at the theater.


Comment from: PEDRO [Visitor]

I went to see the film today and I did not see any of the lovely merchandising you had. Kind of sad now.

Apr. 1, 2024 @ 20:30
Comment from: [Member]

Sorry to hear that, Pedro. I was actually surprised that the theater still had so much stuff. I thought it would have been sold on opening weekend the week before. - Paul

Apr. 2, 2024 @ 20:25

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