Bow Tie Cinemas acquires Reston Town Center 13

posted by joemasher on April 6, 2011 at 7:45 am

RESTON, VA — As of Friday, 4/1, Bow Tie Cinemas assumed operation of the Reston Town Center 13 Cinemas. Bow Tie will soon perform a phased reconstruction of the theater which will include all stadium seating, digital projection with 3D, bigger screens, all new concessions, all new amenities and decor, and brand new rest rooms.

The theater construction began in the late 80’s by Cineplex Odeon, who never finished it, so National Amusements stepped in and completed the 11-plex and opened it in 1990. Theaters 1 & 2 were ‘twinned’ creating 13 screens. In the reconstruction, Bow Tie will ‘de-twin’ the two theaters, turning the facility back to an 11 screen operation. For the past 16 months, Rave Motion Pictures operated the theater.

Comments (33)

JodarMovieFan on April 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Reston Town Center 13 to me was one of the lesser of the National Amusement plexes that they ran that included Arlington, Alexandria and Centerville. To my recollection, they never had 70mm and were small, squarish theaters. I wouldn’t go as far as to say shoebox. If they combine 1&2 to make it into a large one, it should be interesting. Its been years since I have been there..I think I saw Momento here way back in ‘01 or so.

On another note, BowTie is/was supposed to open a brand new plex in Brandywine MD. Initially, I think Kerasotes was supposed to open it and make an entry into the DC Metro area until AMC bought them out. AMC already has a Cineplex Odeon acquisition outside of the Waldorf Mall. A brand new state of the art plex would be nice…

joemasher on April 6, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Theater 7 (403 seats) is equiped with Century JJ 35/70MM projectors with a magnetic penthouse soundhead. We’re combining 1-4 back into 1 & 2, putting it back to its original configuration.
We are still building Brandywine—ground work starts very soon! It will be a 15-plex with a large format auditorium.

John Fink
John Fink on April 6, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Congrads – that’s a really great and ambitious plan at Reston Town Center – I hope somebody snaps some pics for Cinema Treasures – a National Amusements / Cineplex hybrid is something worth documenting!

JodarMovieFan on April 7, 2011 at 6:56 am

Joe, that is great. The Bow Tie Annapolis Mall plex is one of my favorite venues. Habour 9, not so much even with the remodel. The concession prices are not Regal/AMC outrageous. I miss the personal intros the staff used to do prior to your takeover from Crown.

I look forward to the Brandywine opening. :) I just hope the market can support it. Given the fact it will be newer then the Waldorf plex, perhaps the movie going folk will forgo it for the newer place, if the Brandywine plex is as good as Annapolis (THX cert houses, 3D Digital, etc.. maybe an IMAX or Big Odyssey-type screen?)

joemasher on April 7, 2011 at 11:23 am

Thanks for the kind comments on the Mall 11! Brandywine’s demos are excellent and the overwhelming response I’ve been getting in our comment box has been very positive. The theater’s going to be a huge hit! It will have a large format auditorium as well! 15 screens in all. Ground work starts very soon—

Taxi on April 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Doesn’t bowtie have a financial interest in rave or is it the other way around?

Giles on April 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Glad to hear the Reston multiplex is getting a makeover, I recently was there for ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ and thought the complex felt and looked a bit antiquated.

As for the Brandywine plex here’s what planned (notice fourth one down Jodar):


• 15 giant screens
• All Stadium Seating with Custom Built Seats
• True Digital Projection with 3-D Capability
• BTX —– Bow Tie XTreme Large Format Auditorium
• Fresh Hot Bow Tie Signature Popcorn popped fresh
• Upgraded Concession Offerings featuring hot snacks
• Birthday Party Rooms
• Acres of Free Parking

@ Joe Masher: do you know if any of the auditoriums (at Annapolis Mall plex or the upcoming Brandywine location) features 7.1 sound?

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BigMixx63 on May 30, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Hello Joe, I just wanted to submit a comment about the Future Brandywine Cinemas, “BEING A SUCCESS” ,are you kidding me, people have been waiting for this thing to break out for 3 years, I moved to brandywine a year ago and I love it here. Everywhere I go ,including work, around relatives,friends and people I don’t even know, to a man and women all were extremely exited about the prospect of getting a high end, 3D out of this world Teched out Multiplex. Being a success is the least you should be worrying about, Traffic and crazy crowds come to mine. Mr J Masher when do you foresee a start time, the movie fiend in me wants to know.

GregJ95 on December 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I’m hearing that Bowtie has backed out of coming to Brandywine. If so, it is a real black eye on Bowtie’s reputation.

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