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.

Contributed by JodarMovieFan

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WhiskeyClone
WhiskeyClone on August 15, 2013 at 6:24 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 5:55 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 8:21 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.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on December 22, 2015 at 6:56 pm

This venue has booked Hateful 8 in 70mm in auditorium 10 and not #1, the big THX certified theater. I’m perplexed at this decision. While 10 isn’t exactly shoebox sized, I’m not sure how the smaller auditorium would do such a film like this justice. Whatever curtains they had haven’t been used since Crown ran the place and I believe they were more for masking/picture cropping then showmanship.

DotTheEyes
DotTheEyes on December 28, 2015 at 4:26 pm

I am a layperson when it comes to projection beyond seeing a LOT of films and remembering issues such as judder, scratchy green lines, etc. I saw The Hateful Eight here on 12/27, and I found the experience…all right. It was indeed in comparatively mid-sized auditorium number 10. No horror stories, but the ultra-wide image did not fill the screen; there was several feet of black nothingness above the frame. There were a few scratches during the overture, but those may represent intentional grind-house homage considering the director.

I strongly suspect Robert Richardson’s shadowy, snowy cinematography will be just as handsome when projected digitally at most multiplexes.

Random observation: I have decided I am not a fan of intermissions when watching a new film with a relatively rowdy/mix-of-casual-viewers-and-fans general audience. I found it…upsetting or at least, in a way, uncomfortable and distancing when the film paused for the intermission, and people started with the, “They sure say the n word a lot in this!”/“This movie is slow. Should we just go eat dinner?”/“I’ll refill the popcorn” chitchat. I would have rather just powered through.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on December 29, 2015 at 7:15 am

Dot, that was my sentiment when I posted. As you know, film usually will have the scratches, shake and judder you describe. The thing is if it is handled properly, those things should be at a minimum. I am just wondering if they hired a professional projectionist or had one of the teen aged guys read a manual and ran the movie. :)

Did they use the curtain to open and close during the overture and intermission?

DotTheEyes
DotTheEyes on December 29, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Sadly, but predictably: no curtains.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on February 19, 2016 at 6:41 pm

After a long break, I’ve started going to the movies again. I saw Deadpool in #1, my favorite auditorium. Sound was great as the movie was in 7.1. The auditorium was surprisingly attracting FAMILIES. I know the R rated movies will allow kids with an adult, but there were a number of under 6 kids that I saw going up the stadium seats. Given the amount of violence, nudity and spicy language, what parent would have their young kids in tow to see this, other than the low $6 club price.

The new popcorn is quite good, if pricey. I like the cheesy one as opposed to the sweet sticky one.

I don’t know about the ‘family’ run blurb that they’re running. Customer Service still is lacking. You need better greeters, more REAL hellos and thank you for comings. Maybe they mean to say Bow Tie gives you that dysfunctional family experience. :)

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on August 30, 2016 at 6:16 pm

I caught the latest Star Trek: Beyond the other week in #2. I missed opening weekend due to work commitments, the first time I’ve missed a Trek movie opening weekend ever..some 37 years. :P Since 2 was one of the original THX cert auditoriums, the experience was great. The 3D presentation didn’t seem to work right, not from a technical sense, but from the experience. Since a good portion of the movie takes place in a darkened destroyed Enterprise, whats the point of 3D?

Tonight, I saw the ‘Ben-Hur’ remake in #8. Though not a favorite auditorium, the sound and picture were excellent, if only the movie was better.

I can’t believe my drink cost about as much as my movie ticket. At least the concession stand person was friendly, the ticket taker was not. They may as well replace him with a robotic idiot to just tell me where my movie was going to show. That, I can see on my ticket.

I can remember 10 years ago the place was converted to digital projection. No spots, flickering or other film detractions today.

With the proliferation of self service kiosks, I can see the coming end of the traditional ticket booth. The kiosks are right there so there’s no need to go to the other end of the food court to buy your tickets.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on October 31, 2016 at 10:52 pm

The other night I saw the Madea Halloween movie in #1. The sound mix was terrific. At the start of the frat party scene, I could’ve sworn that the people to the left of me were chatting. I kept looking at them and they were silent. After listening more closely, it was the sound effect that the characters onscreen would be experiencing with people talking beyond a wall. The ‘ghostly’ sound effect of someone speaking could be heard rear left and then travel right. The best sound effect was the sudden ‘boom’ thunder clap during the scene when the lights went out. It was a 1-2-3 punch of surround sound multiple effect and deep bass boom for the thunder. After the ‘scare’ I began to think it could’ve been made better with a more thunderous crackle like the real thing.

I think this is the first or second time I’ve seen a Madea movie in the theater. It never really appealed to me much but after seeing the rotation of movies on cable, over the years, and the funny preview, it seemed worth a viewing. I think the frat boys were wrongly cast. They look more like 30something then late teen or early 20something fraternity brothers. Then there’s the preachy subject matter(s) that went too long, imho. As usual, the outtakes during the credits were funny and of the usual flubbed lines and ad libs. :)

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