Bow-Tie Annapolis Mall 11

1020 Annapolis Mall,
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Bow-Tie Annapolis Mall 11

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One of two Annapolis multiplexes and probably one of the Washington, DC area’s better run, yet lesser known venues. This venue opened in 1999 along with the new food court at Westfield’s Annapolis Mall.

The venue boasts state of the art digital sound systems (Dolby Digital, DTS, SDDS), digital projection in #10 and #11 and THX certification currently in #1 (the largest and best of the 11), #2 and #9.

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JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on July 26, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Ahhh finally, some bloggers to share experiences with!

1, my favorite still has the THX plaque on it. Unless THX does not know they re still advertising THX certification, they should take it down. Otherwise, they must still have that auditorium certified.

I saw the latest ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ in 3D in #9. It was THX cert once upon a time, but the surrounds weren’t as powerful as it could have been. Sitting up towards the back, I was hoping for that immersive experience but heard mostly sounds in the front, with an occasional left speaker sound effect. Disappointing.

Also, the staff needs to be more attentive. The ticket taker took my ticket and forgot to give me 3D glasses while talking to the co-worker at the concession stand. Bad.

Given my lackluster experience in #9, it was even more disheartening to hear the loud end music to Batman Dark Knight Rises from #1. Hmmm. I’m holding out to see it in real IMAX when I have time to go downtown.

On a different note, it seems Bow Tie will be rolling out their own version of IMAX-lite and XD, with their BTX. They could easily tear down Screens 5 and 6 and combine them to one BIG 80' screened auditorium to compete with Cinemark’s XD and the IMAX-lite installs at AMC and Regal. Regal’s new Crofton venue will have IMAX-lite, so it makes sense to build one here to keep up with the competition.

DotTheEyes
DotTheEyes on August 20, 2012 at 6:48 am

I’ve recently seen The Bourne Legacy and The Expendables 2 in house number one. Amazing presentations. Crisp digital picture. Thunderous (but also clear and nuanced) sound; I could even understand the majority of Sly Stallone’s lines, lol. Top-notch.

Also saw ParaNorman in 3-D, in house number two. Decent enough presentation. Good sound. The picture was a bit dim, but this isn’t too surprising when one is watching a largely nocturnal film with virtual sunglasses on. I would have rather seen it in 2-D, but the film is only on one screen, and the 2-D evening show didn’t fit my schedule.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on August 24, 2012 at 7:13 pm

This past week, I saw Whitney Houston’s final film ‘Sparkle’, during a matinee and, surprisingly, largely attended screening in #11. I had trepidations that the sound may not have been great as if it were in #2 or 9, but was pleasantly surprised. 11 was my first positive experience with digital projection, albeit at 1.2K resolution 10 yrs ago. ‘Sparkle’ looked digital great, too.

The sound was played up and very enjoyable. Of course, the inevitable comparison to ‘Dreamgirls’ is unwarranted, Jordin Sparks holds her own in her movie debut. One special thing I have noticed in Whitney Houston movies is that when she sings, she’s filmed live singing and not lip synching and ‘acting’ in the moment. You can see her vibrato motions in her throat. In this film, there’s no exception.

A film like this is best enjoyed with a vocal crowd. Since this is an African American film, there were many blacks in attendance, even older couples. There was this black lady who kept clapping, amen-ing and even exclaimed ‘kick his ass’ as Mike Epps' character was being beaten by the sisters for beating one of their own. It was a great crowd pleasing good time had by all.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on September 22, 2012 at 10:51 am

This week, I saw “Bourne Legacy” in #5. Coming in a little late, I missed the trailers and sat too close to the front. The jerky camera and quick shots made me a little woozy afterward but not as bad as seeing “Born on the Fourth of July” in 70mm at the Uptown way back in ‘88. Digital perfect presentation, no detractions. The movie seemed more of a reboot with the new Jason. It runs like the first movie, including the open ending.

The venue needs to upgrade their self service kiosks to accept the BowTie movie card like Regal and AMC do. Since no one was as the closed Customer Service desk, I had to trek back to the box office to get my movie credit and ticket. Not very good customer service. :P

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on October 27, 2012 at 11:31 am

I saw “Here Comes the Boom” in #1 a few weeks ago. There weren’t really anything I wanted to see so I just chose it randomly. The ticket taker laughed at my reason for choosing it. It wasn’t bad as I thought and, of course, the sound and picture in #1 was top notch.

Last week, I saw Hotel Transylvania in #11 flat. As usual, the presentation was really good, bright picture, great surround and probably better appreciated without the 3D and darkness. I think the singing could have used stronger bass, but that may have been the sound mix and not the theater’s fault. It just seemed to beg for more bass given the rap elements. They had previous of a Despicable Me sequel among other CGI animated films.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on April 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm

My friend and I caught a sneak peak of GI Joe: Retribution in 3D, special for Bow Tie Criterion Members in #11. The Dolby 7.1 trailer played nicely, but for some unknown reason, the sound level was not up to what it should be. The trailers, usually played loud..were subdued. The final Star Trek Into Darkness had none of that ‘boom’ ‘boom’ deep bass as in other venues. The film was bleh. Though the one action sequence where the bike splits up and becomes independent weapons was cool.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on May 24, 2013 at 12:19 am

I caught Star Trek: Into Darkness in #1. Perfect presentation, great sound distinction and booms. The one scene before Kirk dies, you can hear his breathing on the left channel before Spock approaches the reaction chamber. Its hard to justify paying IMAX prices when you’ve got an auditorium like this to experience movies.

WhiskeyClone
WhiskeyClone on August 15, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Probably should acknowledge the existence of the other movie theater that was in the Annapolis Mall from the time it first opened in 1980 until the new venue was built in 1999/2000. From what I recall, it was a bit of a hole in the wall that could be entered from the middle of the mall plaza.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Crown’s Annapolis Mall Cinemas was designed by Port Washington, New York, architect James Thomas Martino. It was one of nine multiplexes Martino designed for Crown Theatres, though this particular location was owned by Westfield Properties, operators of the mall. The multiplex originally seated 2,587, in addition to providing 47 wheelchair-accessible viewing slots.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on September 30, 2014 at 11:21 pm

I caught X Men Future Past in #9, one of my favs and one of the 3 original THX certified auditoriums. Excellent sound and projection.

In #5, I recently saw Liam Neeson’s latest ‘A Walk Among Tombstones’ and ‘Maze Runner.’ While Tombstones was more of a thriller, the sound fx with the gun shots were very effective.

‘Runner’, on the other hand, plays like a budget Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies, but had some really nice surrounds with the maze changing scenes, with distinct sounds rear, sides and in front. Sound booms were deep, but not as deep as in #1, which I missed opening week :(

After a long break, I am glad the self service kiosks have multiplied and also recognize the reward cards. What I am pissed about is they changed the point system to be more like Regal’s. I was getting close to the 100 mark on the old one and was going to cash in on everything at one time. Oh well.

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