Bow-Tie Cinemas Harbour 9

2474 Solomons Island Road,
Annapolis, MD 21401

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Ftopel on March 1, 2018 at 10:01 pm

Pics of recliner conversion of theaters 1-4 added. They’re beautiful but drop capacity to 1/3.

Ftopel on November 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm

New pics of theater’s 6, 8 and 9 with recliners, 5 mid renovation and 1 old school.

Ftopel on October 5, 2017 at 1:11 pm

If you can make it to Harbor IX please get more pics of the theaters pre-renovation. Or mid-renovation if those theaters are open!

JodarMovieFan on October 4, 2017 at 2:47 pm

Could be. At the Mall, they just shut down one side while working on the other auditoriums. Not sure how the remodel here is progressing. I may have to visit next week to see, but it depends on the movie line up. :)

The Mall’s new faux leather recliners are very comfortable, maybe too comfortable. I could easily find myself snoozing if I’m seeing a movie that isn’t particularly engaging. And like the Mall venue, prices will probably go up, too.

I don’t like the idea of reserved seating unless the movie is anticipated to open big and you buy in advance.

Ftopel on October 3, 2017 at 6:20 pm

Could the matinee shut down have to do with the renovation? Like if it’s too loud in the theaters they’re redoing, they can’t show movies in the others, so they just open at night?

JodarMovieFan on October 3, 2017 at 6:17 pm

For the first time I can remember, the venue no longer has daily matinees during the week. Just evening shows.

I suspect business is very s-l-o-w, but hopefully not to the point where they’ll close this place.

They need to get creative..maybe have lower $3/Tuesdays, book more classics at lower admission rates, offer cheaper concession combos like say buy one popcorn, get soda for free. Those are high gross items anyway, but at least you’re moving product and earning some $.

Ftopel on August 10, 2017 at 4:02 pm

Odd, when I visited sound was phenomenal in 5 and 6. Maybe a blown out speaker or bad DCP.

JodarMovieFan on August 7, 2017 at 8:49 am

I forgot to post I saw ‘La La Land’ back in Jan or Feb. It was not as good as I had hoped. The sound was underwhelming in #4 as if it were muffle. Disappointing. Story was not engaginig but Gosling and Emma Stone make a pretty couple.

Upgrades like seats are nice, but they do need to do something with the sound…larger curved screens? :) I suspect prices will go up, too.

Ftopel on July 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm

The conversion to recliners is already halfway underway. Theaters 6-9 are closed. 1-5 remain old school… For now. Anyone in Annapolis planning a visit before it goes all modern?

Ftopel on May 9, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Added photos of my visit

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 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.

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.

JodarMovieFan on July 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I saw ‘The Heat’ with Sandra, 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 on August 20, 2011 at 8:21 am

My friend and I saw ‘Crazy Stupid Love,’ in #6, which was somewhat engaging although not as funny as I had hoped. This is the first time visiting this venue since the all digital projection (Dolby) roll out. The projection was digital excellent. Unfortunately, the least compared to the Mall, was lacking from the sound of the format trailer and movie soundtrack. Also, management should consider better sound deadening material, as I could hear the ‘Cowboys and Aliens’ booming soundtrack next door throughout the movie.

As for their movie card system, it needs to be better. I do not like the fact you have to rely on the ticket booth to tell you what your points are. It seems that my points are way off from the many times I have visited here and at the Mall.

JodarMovieFan on July 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

It appears that this venus has gone all digital projection now.

JodarMovieFan on August 4, 2010 at 8:52 am

I saw Airbender in 3D in the newly 3D equipped #5. Film was not very good. The 3D aspect looked more like an after thought. There were no gotcha or aha 3D tricks, not even a pointed spear or arrow. Unless they showed the 3D trailer at the beginning, which I missed, there wasn’t a 3D trailer. The stereo surrounds were good sitting in the back. Hopefully, they will book something more worthy of the format in the future.

jgrow on January 5, 2010 at 6:58 pm

I was projectionist here when it was opened by K/B Theaters. This theater opened in 1991 and had a Norelco 70mm in house #1 and a Simplex 35/70 in house #2. Although we never advertised it we “borrowed” a 70mm print of “Terminator 2 Judgement Day” from the “K/B Cinema” and ran it in house #1 for a week. That was the only time 70mm was ever run there.

JodarMovieFan on September 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I caught “My One and Only” in #1 on a matinee showing this past week. Presentation was very good. They played a Stomp themed Dolby Digital trailer which didn’t really show off the theater’s sound capabilities other than being loud. I had no clue the movie was a biopic of sorts and thought the performances all around were quite good. Unfortunately, I must’ve been tired as I fell asleep between the 1/3 and ½ of the movie. I doubt I will see it again in theaters and will wait for it to come on cable before I see it again. :)

JodarMovieFan on July 26, 2009 at 10:59 am

I saw ‘Up’ in #5 in Dolby Digital. Unfortunately, it was not in 3D as it just left the Mall 11 before I had a chance to see it. The movie, itself, was engaging despite the lack of 3D. There are some decidedly adult moments 1/3 through the movie that I thought would be upsetting to some. Overall, the film was a delight and another Pixar hit. Surrounds were evident when needed to be and as the film was not digital, there were noticeable scratches screen hiccups towards the end.