A New Way to Watch

Oxnard High School students discuss 4D films and their effects


Oxnard’s Plaza Cinemas 14 now playing The Equalizer in 4D.

Mark Ramos and Vitaliy Kostylov

“You could feel the wind blowing…there were leaves that came from the rooftops…it was a very interesting movie,” said Oxnard High School junior Devin Lohse.

“I liked it because it felt like I was in the movie…like I was actually there,” said senior Isis Cabral.

“The chairs were moving, and there was wind in your face and the whole time, I thought it was awesome,” said junior Rodrigo Medina.

4D EFX (effects) allows the viewer to immerse themselves into whatever they are watching. According to junior Nathan Thompson, “A 4D movie is a movie that makes you feel like you’re actually in the movie.” The new technology uses moving seats, blasts of air, and various smells to make the viewer feel like they are in the setting of the movie they are seeing.

These films were initially intended for designated locations such as amusement parks as a way to bring in more guests. The new technology was introduced to Oxnard’s Plaza Cinemas 14 by Media Mation on June 27, 2014. As a result, many movie-goers are now a short drive away from being able to experience the thrill only found in a 4D movie theater. OHS senior Fernando Rivera states, “If I wanted to go see a 4D movie I would go to Plaza.”

“If it was a really good action movie yeah I’d go 4D,” said Medina. “A movie like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…I would prefer 4D for that kind of movie, for mostly action-packed,” said Thompson. Having a variety of extra effects, 4D is limited to mainly action films because they are the only ones that allow the viewer to fully experience the 4D EFX.

However, some people might have different views about the experience. “I don’t think it’s for everyone,” said Rivera.

With all of the viewpoints regarding 4D EFX movies, the movie theater may be a good or bad place to spend one’s own time and money. However, it is at one’s own risk. As Lohse said, “If you have a chance – go see them, they’re great.”