Majestic 20

900 Ellsworth Drive,
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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The Majestic 20 is in downtown Silver Spring at the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street. It is one block away from the historic AFI Silver Theatre (which shows arthouse & classic films), and near the Silver Spring stop of the Metro’s Red Line.

All 20 auditoriums have stadium seating, luxury seats, and digital sound. First run mainstream movies are shown.

The Majestic 20 opened in 2004, eagerly sought out by Montgomery County as part of the revitalization of downtown Silver Spring. The movie theater is part of an outdoor shopping promenade with many eating choices. The theater was operated by Consolidated Theatres, and in 2010 is operated by Regal.

Contributed by Howard B Haas

Recent comments (view all 42 comments)

Giles
Giles on May 25, 2011 at 12:32 am

I consider $18 buck highway robbery and for Regal not to have reduced matinee pricing for the IMAX screen simply unexcusable. I have yet to see or give my impressions of the system here at the Majestic, but have you been over to AMC’s ETX screen over at Tysons, oh…my…god, the bass there is frightening, it literally shakes the floor, your feet, your legs – it’s “rumblerama”!

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on May 25, 2011 at 3:10 am

LOL. I want to and plan on it maybe this weekend. Pirates is playing there in 3D on the ETX screen and IMAX-lite. It seems the two are one and the same yielding a similar ‘experience’ other then the ETX’s 40K watt system. I enjoy louder presentations on the event films but not so loud that it diminishes the dialogue. If you happen to catch Thor here, you’ll see what I mean during preview time.

Giles
Giles on May 25, 2011 at 4:36 am

well at Tysons, the IMAX auditorium and ETX auditorium are separated by a walk way, so the excess bass from either screen can’t be heard, however the screens that are left of the IMAX screen/right of the ETX screen might be another story altogether. The bass though during ‘Battle Los Angeles’ and ‘Fast Five’ on the ETX screen never drowned out the dialogue. But you have to remember the ETX screen can feature the discrete 7.1 soundmix of ‘Pirates 4’, the IMAX screen is standard 5.1

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on June 12, 2011 at 7:19 am

I revisited #1 after 7 years seeing the very entertaining movie Super 8. The movie was most likely shown in 4K DP. The movie was decently bright and in scope as I noticed the riser going down after the movie. Surprisingly, the movie had very good use of the surrounds this time and was not muddled from my memories of seeing the Day After Tomorrow, or whatever it was called, back in ‘04. If only the bass was deeper for the film’s tense moments involving the usual fx laden crashes and alien activity. I would have preferred to see it in IMAX-lite but my dumb friend decided to wait for ME to pay. Its ok…next week, he’s going to pay for Green Lantern in IMAX-lite 3D at the $18.00 per ticket price!!

BTW, I missed seeing Pirates in ETX at Tysons. That weekend they booked, of all films, Hangover 2 in the ETX auditorium. Who cares to hear that movie in a theater with 40K watts of sound?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 17, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Like many of the multiplexes built by the Consolidated Theatres chain, the Majestic 20 was designed by the Charlotte, NC, architectural firm ADW Architects.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on January 17, 2012 at 12:54 am

I saw Mission Impossible 4 in IMAX over the holidays. No complaints, everything was as it should be. The large screen canvas properly showcased some of the more harrowing scenes like Tom Cruise’s hop around the skyscraper hotel. Didn’t see the preview for The Hobbit though.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on November 9, 2012 at 10:19 pm

I saw ‘Skyfall,’ the latest James Bond flick last night. Presentation was very good, though the IMAX intro started with audio only. Previews of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Oz’ look very good, especially ‘Oz.’ Adele’s voice can be heard center screen. I prefer vocals to be surround especially with top notch visuals that usually open the Bond movies. I want to see the movie in a THX cert house to compare sound track subtleties. While IMAX is loud, its not necessarily crisp, with distinction.

The movie is a good Bond flick, with the usual intrigue, femme fatale, but with less gadgetry, even though there are new alphabet characters introduced. I wished there was more story/scenes with Javier Bardem and ’M.‘ There were some audience sobbing at the end when a certain character passes.

On the refreshment side, this Regal has upgraded concessions to include burgers, fries and onion rings albeit at the inflated movie chain price. If you forgo the drinks, the $5-$7 prices for a burger and fries is a little more palatable…$1 more for onion rings. They did mix up my order giving me fries instead of onion rings. The fries were okay, crisp, hot and plentiful. The boneless wings were ok, if plain.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on May 16, 2013 at 7:00 am

My friend and I saw ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ here at a fan ‘sneak’ in IMAX-lite 3D. Surprisingly, the line was loooong, the longest I’ve experienced at an opening film day IMAX-lite showing. There were a few dressed in Starfleet uniforms, which got the attention of some special folk, not sure if they were from Paramount or a news organization, who took pictures. They gave out posters to a few hundred of us, which was a nice bonus.

No friendly greeting from the ticket taker.

The movie is quite good. I want to see it a few more times in the different formats. I have some quibbles with the ‘Wrath of Khan’ references and scene homages. I hate the pixie dust warp drive trail. Bad idea. Presentation was very good but sound booms weren’t as they should have been such as during some explosions and warp jump snaps. Not sure if it may have been the soundtrack, as the trailer for the upcoming Superman reboot ‘Man of Steel’ had some good sound booms from just the music, itself.

Giles
Giles on December 9, 2013 at 8:23 pm

as part of Regal’s nationwide upgrading it’s projector’s to High Frame Rate films (i.e, specifically ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’) auditorium 15 can playback features as such.

Giles
Giles on March 7, 2014 at 10:29 pm

so I finally caught a movie on the IMAX-D screen: ‘Stalingrad’ in 3D. Still miffed that for the first screening of the day, there is no matinee pricing for the IMAX screenings: $19 … “ouch!” Sound was colossal , and the image was great … but. The screen is no where as tall as either the IMAX-D or ETX screen over at Tysons. Even the ‘Xtreme’ screens over at Cinemark Fairfax Corner have a considerable height advantage.

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