Bow-Tie Cinemas Harbour 9

2474 Solomons Island Road,
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Bow-Tie Cinemas Harbour 9

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A typical Bow-Tie Cinema. Located at the Annapolis Harbour Center. Potbelly’s sandwiches nearby for some great food. Also I mostly see older patrons viewing movies there, not many rowdy, noisy teenagers, so that’s a plus.

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JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on February 3, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I have been to several movies at the Harbour 9 in recent weeks and have seen ‘Iron Lady’ in #5, ‘Albert Nobbs’ in #7, ‘Hugo’ and ‘Immortals’ both in 3D. Other then the 3D films, the others seem to be projected with brighter light then at the mall theaters.

With the large number of elderly that frequent the afternoon shows, staff should be more attentive to their needs. An elderly couple came in during previews and could not see where they were going. An usher would have been welcome, but all they do are collect tickets at the top of the escalator. Curiously enough, there are no carpet/runway type lights either to illuminate the floor, at least in #5.

On a concession note, the large soft drink size seems to have been downsized. What a bummer, to get ‘less’ for that $4.75 :P

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on May 2, 2012 at 9:27 pm

My friend and I saw ‘Lockout’ in #7. A motorized curtain cropped the smallish screen even smaller, for scope, which drew an outburst from a guy in the audience.

Even with the 7.1 upgrade, the lack of subwoofer depth demanded by trailers of upcoming blockbuster films, should require another look at further upgrades. When they played the trailer for ‘Battleship,’ it sounded very tinny compared to the booom booom boooom experience in the THX cert auditorium 1 at the Annapolis Mall.

DotTheEyes
DotTheEyes on July 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm

To be honest, as a general rule, I prefer the projection here to the mall location. Tends to be brighter, crisper, etc. The sound is another story, though not -bad-. It is, I admit, a bit of a groaner if the movie you’re seeing is in auditoriums number seven, eight, or nine. Particularly if it’s an action-science-fiction-spectacle type film (such as The Avengers or Prometheus), and you’re catching up with it a month or so later.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on October 27, 2012 at 8:42 am

I saw ‘The Master’ here during the first week in DP. For whatever reason, staff were handwriting numbers of our club cards and swiping them.

Given the much ballyhooed celebration of this movie being in 70mm, I wanted to see it first in a different format to compare it to 70mm. After watching it, I didn’t feel compelled to want to see it, again. Sure, the acting by Phillip Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix are great. They are shoo-ins for award nominations for sure, but the subject matter questions why would one bother to go to the expense of filming in 65mm.

All I gathered from the film is Joaquin Phoenix character has this bent up anger/rage sexual repression in him where he tries to deal with it with the help of a Ron Hubbard-like figure played by Phillip Hoffman. He doesn’t get his answers until he sleeps with a bar pick up at the end of the movie. The end.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on December 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I saw ‘The Life of Pi’ in 3D in #7 with a decent crowd, today. I missed the large screen presentations when the movie first came out but thoroughly enjoyed this moving fantasy tale. The CGI effects are well done, as is the whole look of the movie. I can see Oscar nominations for this movie. The bottom part of the screen looked as if it was fluttering or not properly affixed to the wall, but it was not a constant detraction.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on July 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I saw ‘The Heat’ with Sandra Bullock..no, not WITH Sandra..she was IN the movie. #6 was practically sold out on this matinee Friday. Surrounds were good especially with me sitting all the way in the back. The ticket person, after swiping my BowTie frequent moviegoer card, didn’t even tell me how many points I had..bad bad bad.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 18, 2015 at 8:05 pm

Like the other multiplex in Annapolis, the Harbour 9 was designed by architect James Thomas Martino.

Ftopel
Ftopel on April 24, 2016 at 5:11 pm

My old stomping grounds, where I worked in high school. It was a much celebrated improvement over the then-4 screen Annapolis mall theater. I remember each of the screens intimately, including the problematic #5. Seems it’s been fixed with the switch to digital in 2010?

They never went to stadium seating, did that? If it’s still sloped auditorium style I’ll have to go back and visit.

Ftopel
Ftopel on May 6, 2017 at 1:16 pm

I worked at Harbor 9 from 1994-1997 when it was Apex and later Crown. Visiting the theater after 20 years, I am very impressed with how Bow Tie has up kept and improved the theater.

It seems like all theaters have digital surround sound now, at least through 5 and 6. Before i was only 1-3 that had surround, and only 1-2 went digital in the late ‘90s. New seats have also altered the layout of some theaters. 5 got rid of the aisles, while 2 added an aisle down the center. There must be some new screens too because they’ve certainly fixed 5’s aperture plate issues (if digital even still uses aperture plates). The new Jack & Harry’s popcorn is way better than what we used to pop too.

Thank you, Bow-Tie, for keeping the Harbor 9 theater such a great place to see movies. I still feel the spirit of Annapolis summer blockbusters, winter snow respites and Friday night openings there.

Ftopel
Ftopel on May 9, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Added photos of my visit

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