AMC Shirlington 7
2772 S. Randolph Street,
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AMC Theatres (Official)
Operated by: AMC Theatres
Previously operated by: Cineplex Odeon, Circle Theatres, Loews Cineplex
Firms: KressCox Associates
Functions: Movies (First Run), Movies (Foreign), Movies (Independent)
Previous Names: Shirlington Cinema 7, AMC Loews Shirlington 7
Opened by the Circle Theatres chain on December 18, 1987, the Shirlington Cinema 7 is an attractive theatre designed as part of a 1940’s style village of small shops and restaurants that clearly aimed to provide an alternative to the new multiplexes that were becoming dominant at the time. With a fairly small lobby and concession area balanced by spacious and comfortable seating, the emphasis is clearly on the movie viewing experience. Seating capacities in the auditoriums range from 350 & 250, down to 180 & 150.
When the theatre first opened it exhibited a wide range of films, from Hollywood blockbusters and independents to mass appeal films aimed towards the whole family. As the years passed its focus has been more exclusively on independents and art-house flicks. Though the occasional commercial film is booked it is almost always one geared towards the 25 and over crowd.
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I think AMC is only interested in it’s Hoffman and Tyson’s theatres since those are getting the IMAX conversion (and yes I know AMC is fronting up the cash for that, not AMC). They even shorthand Mazza Galleria – a theatre that seems like it’s on the downhill.
This is a nice, quirky little venue which grows on you. The place is clean, the staff is courteous, the presentation in each of the auditoria is superb and the patrons are pleasant and quiet. 2009 and 2010 shots of the Shirlington: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
I noticed when I visited this theatre (which I quickly fell in love with, for its charms and its programming) for the first time, a few weeks ago, that it’s still all 35MM. Hopefully the lack of digital projection, at least for now, isn’t an indication of its impending closing.
AMC website states:
“This theatre is temporarily closed while we make changes that you’re going to love. Please check back later for updates.”
The complex has reopened with AMC’s fancy reclining seats, better bathrooms, upgraded snacks, and a beer and wine bar. Also, the “Loews” has been dropped from the name and a huge AMC logo has replaced the dated changeable-letter marquee.
AMC could have rejigged the audio to 7.1 – but I’m sure they didn’t.
I love going to Shirlington t watch independent movies and in general. The last week I went and I was greatly surprised with all this renovation. I was so comfortable sitting on those reclining seats, everything was so comfortable and great. Definitely great change and form now that will be my number 1 place movie to go. It was better to be at home believe me
is this reserved seating now? or is it still first come first seating.
Quickly looking at that link, it does not appear to be reserved seating.
The AMC Shirlington has reserved seating in all auditoriums. Unfortunately, at least two of the screens have “one size fits all” projection, so 2.35:1 movies are letterboxed.