AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18

9811 Washingtonian Boulevard,
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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AMC Loews Rio Cinemas 18

Opened in the late-1980’s or early-1990’s, this theatre is part of the massive Rio Centre and Washingtonian Center Complex. Screens 1-9 are on the first floor, while screens 10-18 are on the second floor, which can only be accessd by Rio Centre elevators, escalators, and stairs. There are concession stands on both floors, and also many restaurants in the theatre building. This theatre could use a renovation, but isn’t bad.

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JodarMovieFan on March 7, 2009 at 11:38 am

I believe when this venue opened, it had one auditorium that was THX certified. Not so today. The larger newer upstair auditoriums are larger screened and stadium seating. The DLP installed auditorium upstairs was disappointing when I saw the first Madagascar movie. I have not been there since. I do remember seeing Bend it Like Beckham there and a few others. The problem with this place is the parking, too. It may be better now with the parking garage but its not a favorite venue because of the lack of quality presentation.

TLSLOEWS on February 26, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Any photos or more info out there?

TLSLOEWS on July 4, 2010 at 11:07 am

Thanks for the photo.

thricetimes on July 4, 2010 at 1:21 pm

A correction to the above profile: Theatres 1-12 are on the 1st floor and 13-18 are upstairs. Theatres 1 & 2 used to be one big auditorium but were split when Loews took over from Cineplex Odeon. Rio originally opened in 1989 to my knowledge.

Giles on May 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm

The IMAX-Digital was supposed to open with the release of ‘Pirates of the Caribeean: On Stranger Tides’ last Friday, but will open on May 27th (if all goes to plan) The IMAX system will debut on the largest screen: auditorium #17

thricetimes on June 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm

After several delays, Rio should unveil it’s new IMAX screen next Friday, 6/17/11 for week 2 of Super 8.

Giles on April 14, 2012 at 9:22 pm

was here today for a screening of ‘Titanic’ (IMAX-Digital 3D) and I have to say the volume level is overpowering and not in a good way. The screen is on the small side, so someone must have thought to ‘up’ the IMAX experience it was necessary to amp the sound – well… it doesn’t help. The auditorium here is too small for the volume to be THIS loud – it’s borderline unacceptable.

this is the complex' largest auditorium?? I remember a larger one downstairs when I saw Spielberg’s “A.I.” (it must have been the single auditorium that was split to become #1 and #2)

Giles on November 3, 2018 at 8:37 pm

I haven’t been here in years, but having now seen two movies here as of last week; nearly the whole building and theater complex is getting a much needed makeover. The downstairs auditoriums have been renovated and as of writing this up, all the upstairs ones are closed and getting renovated as well. Speaking with one of the managers, he informed me that one of the theaters will become a ‘Prime’ auditoriums with a Dolby Atmos sound system – no plans to add Dolby Cinema. The new recliners while not as tacky as the one’s at Shirlington (those nearly resemble beds when fully reclined) are comfortable and are a darker leather, the one caveat is that they have mini sliding tables which in my opinion are more of a distraction and add a slight discomfort than convenience.

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