Wheaton Plaza 11

11160 Veirs Mill Road,
Wheaton, MD 20902

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JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on February 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm

This venue should be updated to OPEN under Montgomery Royal Theaters name/management. Their website is the same .com. Looks like they lowered their adult evening prices since I was last there by $1.

eblackman
eblackman on August 15, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Saw HELLRAISER 2 at this venue on Fall Break in college in 1988

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on May 12, 2010 at 4:48 am

The status and name should be open as Jack states above as the Montgomery Royal Theater. It is a six screener. The other five theaters are bordered up.

I attended a showing of the disappointing remake of “Death at a Funeral” in number six for about $9.75. The staff are very friendly as I was graciously greeted and thanked for coming! Now what theater actually thanks you for coming to their theater as you are exiting anymore? Presentation left much to be desired. The scratched up picture went off the screen but was loud with no noticeable surrounds despite the presence of speakers throughout. Being an independent theater, I decided to purchase food from the concession stand, which serves your typical movie fare snacks; nachos, popcorn, soda, etc. I got the nachos, which were individually prepared in a tray, not the usual 50c bagged ones you get at BowTie, Regal and AMC.

The place has not changed much since I recall this place opening up as a Roth venue boasting Kintek stereo sound back in ….‘87? I remember seeing “Batteries Not Included” and enjoying the surround effects of the little space ships zooming in front of and around you.

Given the Indian management (maybe ownership) perhaps Bollywood films will get booked here. There is a decent Asian indian populous in Montgomery County and this location would be a good draw for the latest Bollywood releases. Perhaps the concession fare will improve with Indian goodies such as samosas and lassis. While this place is not my first choice for seeing movies, I’ll definitely come back.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 14, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Jack, I bet that is it. It looked pretty new from what I can remember. I will Check it out.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on February 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Are you referring to the Queens Chapel Drive-In in Hyattsville? This venue was demolished in the late 1980s and is now part of the Hyattsville Metro Station.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Thank you Jack Coursey.i left a post on another Wheaton area theatre about the Aspen Hill Twin months ago trying to find it, thanks for the time. I also went to a drive in around there called the QUEENS DRIVE-In or something like that,Does that ring a bell since i have you on CT figured i would ask.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on February 13, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Check the Crown Aspen Hill Theatres. This twin turned quad is now a drug store.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 13, 2010 at 3:49 am

Jack, Can you help me.Back in the early 70’s i spent a few weeks in Wheaton and would go to a twin theatre called i think the ASPEN HILLS Twin Theatre does that sense. I am hoping you might be a native there and remember movies there in the 70’s. i saw “OMEGA MAN” there among others, Thanks.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on February 13, 2010 at 3:38 am

This cinema is up and running again as the Montgomery Royal Theatre (MRT). The short lived cinema and drafthouse concept has been abandoned and conventional theatre seating has been restored to each of the six auditoria (no word as to what the other four auditoria will be used for. The MRT is an independent operation showing first run films a few bucks less than the major chains.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on September 21, 2009 at 4:21 am

Aha. An opening announcement is found here:
View link

I am surprised I never heard anything about this place even though I frequent this area almost weekly. Its too bad it didn’t have a chance. All that money invested and contruction done..a waste.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on September 21, 2009 at 4:17 am

Upon further digging. I found an article that talks specifically about the theater here:
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JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on September 21, 2009 at 4:14 am

Sorry for the long delay in posting. I actually found this news bit in the Washington Business Journal. It states that the closure was due to a failed $5M expansion (!) of this venue to become, as Joe states above, a cinema and drafthouse. The owners of the Arlington Cinema N Drafthouse, who were behind the project cited the county’s long delayed permit process and excessive costs. The original news article can be found at View link

joemasher
joemasher on January 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm

The theater is not demolished. The Cinema & Drafhouse operation lasted only two months, from October – December 2008. The Cinema & Drafhouse operation used the original 7 screens—the four screen addition that was added later is there intact, just behind the wall on the right side of the Cinema & Drafthouse lobby.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on December 30, 2008 at 2:49 pm

I’ll stop by on my way back from the gym. I just remember seeing ads in the mall about the cinema drafthouse. I’ll update ASAP.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on December 30, 2008 at 2:42 pm

JodarMovieFan, was the multiplex totally demolished? including its exterior walls?

If the drafthouse is new construction, it should be added separately with its own page. (Cinema Treasures can add it) If the multiplex’s exterior walls stayed and the existing building was rebuilt, then this page can merely be updated.

And, if you’ve seen any news articles, please link them here.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on December 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm

This theater has reopened now as a cinema drafthouse. As such, its status should be changed to open.