About Caribbean Cinemas Megaplex 8
Caribbean Cinemas is a chain of movie theaters in Puerto Rico. Caribbean Cinemas began showing movies in Dolby 3D, Disney Digital 3-D, RealD Cinema for Sony Pictures Animation films and InTru3D for DreamWorks Animation films. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience was the first 3D film ever to be shown in Puerto Rico with Disney Digital 3-D, which at the time was only available at Plaza Las Américas. From there on it has grown immensely, and, until today, 48 theatre rooms in 26 theatres in Puerto Rico are equipped with 3D technology. The 3D technology expanded to other theaters throughout the Island with Monsters vs. Aliens. As of late July 2009, the Disney Digital 3-D technology expanded to almost over ten theaters over the Island with G-Force. As of June 20, 2010, 3D films are now screening in 26 theater halls in Puerto Rico, one in St. Marteen with Toy Story 3 and one at the Megaplex 8 in St. Lucia with Piranha 3-D. All the theaters in the rest of the islands are also 3D technology equipped.
The purpose of 3D is to achieve that the spectator can perceive the movie the same way as it occurs in real life. The brain, together with the eyes, are responsible for constructing a 3D image when two images 2D are "captured" from different points of view, this is known as visual stereoscopic. The only way for it to be seen like that is by using special polarized glasses. Different than the old 3D, the new system uses digital projection and polarization rather than color coding. Digital 3D also requieres the use of glasses to filter out the right image for each eye, then the brain puts the two separate images together and creates a beautiful 3D image that looks incredibly realistic.
Unlike RealD Cinema glasses, the ones used in all the theaters are property of Caribbean Cinemas, cannot be purchased and are equipped with an anti-theft tag similar to XpanD 3D glasses. These do not use shutter effect and do not run on batteries. In any case anyone tries to walk out with glasses in their hands a sensor will trigger off an alarm and will sound after exiting the theater room, like a security tag used to put on clothes at stores. San Patricio Plaza's theater is not equipped with these glasses, but with MasterImage. The price for 3D films are a little more higher than regular charges because part of the money is used for the cleaning and sterilization of the glasses to keep the polarized lenses free of any dirt and undesired particles for better viewing if the 3D effects. Charges for 3D films vary by theaters.