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4DX is a 4D film format developed by CJ 4DPlex, a subsidiary of South Korean cinema chain CJ CGV. It allows films to be augmented with various practical effects, including motion seats, wind, strobe lights, simulated snow, and scents. First introduced commercially in 2009, it presents films in both 3D and traditional 2D formats.[1]

CJ has licensed the technology worldwide. As of September 2019, CJ 4DPlex operates 678 4DX theaters in 65 countries through partnerships with more than 80 cinemas, including Wanda Cinemas, Cineworld, and Cinepolis. The company recorded an annual growth rate of more than 50 percent from 2013 to 2018.[2]


4DX theater

South Korea[edit]

The 4DX technology has made its commercial debut at a theater in Seoul. Following the success of Avatar, the technology expanded to more theaters in South Korea.[3]


In June 2011, Mexico-based Cinépolis have invested $25 million and made an agreement with the CJ Group to bring the 4DX technology to its 11 locations in the country, with the first opening in a theater in Mexico City.[4] It marked the technology's debut in the Americas and outside the Asia region, and the technology expanded throughout Mexico since its debut. In 2019, the company announced that they would install the "4DX Screen" theater, a theater with an expanded multi-sided screen with the 4DX theaters, in the country in the summer season of 2020.[5]

United States[edit]

At CinemaCon in March 2014, CJ 4DPlex announced that it had reached an agreement with AEG and Regal Cinemas to introduce the country's first 4DX auditorium at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.[6] By 2017, nine screens were in operation across the country, consisting primarily of six Regal locations, one Marcus Theatres location, two U.S. Cinépolis locations, and CGV's second U.S. location at The Source OC in Buena Park.[7][8] In 2018, CJ and Regal's new parent company Cineworld announced that it planned to expand 4DX to at least 79 Regal locations.[9]


Cineplex Entertainment premiered a 4DX auditorium at one of its Toronto locations on November 4, 2016.[10] It opened a second location in Calgary in August 2019.[11]


Since opening its first theater in partnership with Korona World Cinemas in April 2013, the theater chain has seen an increase in the installation of 4DX theaters. It operates 4DX theaters nationwide in partnership with large theater chains such as Aeon Cinemas and United Cinemas.[12]


In 2017, CJ 4DPLEX partnered with France's Pathe and Norway's Nordisk Film Kino to open its first 4DX theater in Europe.[13] It quickened its expansion in Europe by signing partnerships with Austrian theater operator Hollywood Megaplex in February 2019.[14]


CJ 4DPLEX started integrating 4DX within the Chinese market in cooperation with its parent company CJ CGV in 2006. In 2013, it signed contracts with UME, a local theater operator in China. In 2014, CJ 4DPLEX made partnerships with Woosang More, WoMai, Beijing Jinbo, and Golden Harvest. In December 2014, CJ 4DPLEX formed a partnership with Wanda Cinema, a Chinese theater operator.[15]


At CinemaCon 2019, 4DX signed a contract with Australian theater operator Village Cinemas to open a 4DX theater within a year. It was the first time that the company entered Oceania; 4DX already had theaters in five other continents.[16]

Box office performance[edit]

In August 2019, 4DX reached 2.7 million moviegoers. The top three performing films for 4DX in August were Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, The Lion King, and Aladdin. The local films The Bravest and One Piece: Stampede performed well in China and Japan.[17]

As of 6 August 2019, the top five movie titles of 4DX global box office hits in the first half of 2019 were:[18]

  1. Avengers: Endgame ($34,705K)
  2. Aladdin ($24,759K)
  3. Aquaman ($21,301K)
  4. The Lion King ($16,841K)
  5. Captain Marvel ($14,133K)

In 2018, the company attracted a cumulative 24 million viewers a year, recording $290 million in box office revenue.[citation needed] In July 2019, the company attracted 3.07 million viewers and $38 million in ticket sales globally.[19]

4DX Screen[edit]

The 4DX Screen technology (formerly 4DX with Screen X) combines the multi-screen projection, known as ScreenX, and the motion seats in a singular theater. It was first introduced in 2018 and made its debut in CinemaCon 2018.[20]


  • 2014: 4DX won the I3DS (International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society) "Cinema Innovation of the Year" award.[21]
  • 2015: 4DX won the Edison Awards, Silver Prize for Media and Visual Communication Entertainment Category.[citation needed]
  • 2017: 4DX was chosen as one of the "The Most Innovative Companies of 2017" for the Live Events Category by the magazine Fast Company.[22]
  • 2018: 4DX and ScreenX won the Edison Awards, Silver Prize for Media and Visual Communication Entertainment Category.[23][24]
  • 2018: 4DX won the "Innovation Technology of the Year Award" at Big Cine Expo.[25]
  • 2019: 4DX and ScreenX won the iResearch Award, Originative Cinema Technology Category.[26]
  • 2019: 4DX was chosen as one of the "The Most Innovative Companies of 2019" for the Live Events Category by Fast Company.[27]



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