“Coming attractions: The rise of luxury movie theaters”

posted by ThrHistoricalSociety on December 19, 2014 at 11:11 am

Next time you go to the movies, you might want to think about putting on a coat and tie.

As more high-end cinemas open in the region — boasting reserved seating, concierge desks, cocktails and fancy food — the experience is becoming less and less like an afternoon at the Bijou and more like a night at the Kennedy Center.

In fact, when ArcLight Cinemas unveiled its 16-screen multiplex in Bethesda last month, a place with a posh lobby bar and old-school ushers, but no box office, the company’s vice president of operations, Stephen Green, described the chain’s competition not as other movie theaters, but — wait for it — opera.

What’s next, printed theater programs?

Read the entire article at washingtonpost.com

Article by Michael O'Sullivan

Theatres Mentioned: Angelika Film Center Arclight Bethesda Alamo Drafthouse One Loudoun IPic Bethesda Pike & Rose Bethesda Row Cinema E Street Cinema

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I don’t know if others feel like I do but the number one thing for me would be a massive screen. Something so big you can’t duplicate it at home. There was a reason in the 50’s for Cinemascope & Cinerama. Even IMAX is tiny now.

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