Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD

7000 Arundel Mills Circle,
Hanover, MD 21076

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Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD

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This Egyptian-themed theater was opened by Muvico in December 2000 as part of Arundel Mills mall. It is also the first Muvico theater to be opened outside of the company’s home state of Florida and the largest theater in Maryland.

All auditoriums feature digital surround sound, stadium seating with high-back rocking seats and retractable armrests and are wheelchair-accessible. Four auditoriums feature 500 seats and large 60-foot wall-to-wall screens. Auditoriums #7 and #18 include DLP digital projection systems with Dolby Digital Cinema and RealD digital 3D.

The theater also has two party rooms and a playroom with child care.

From March 18, 2009, the theatre was taken over by the Cinemark Theatres chain, and in November 2009, auditorium 12 became a Cinemark XD screen.

Contributed by MovieTix86

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Giles on June 13, 2015 at 1:39 pm

that is correct MovieTix86: because Auro is 5.1 based and no surrounds directly behind you; there is a tremendous gap from left side surround to right side surround. This is why I don’t particularly care for Auro sound – the technology to me sounds like a step backwards – I’ve heard three movies as such, and then rewatched those movies in standard 7.1 which put back the rear channels of sound and as a result conveyed 360 sound to greater effectiveness and soundscaping.

Giles on September 21, 2015 at 9:24 pm

so I had my first Auro ‘experience’ here this afternoon and I was quite impressed with the wind sound effects from “Everest”; audio cues between the standard side channels with the height side channels produced some great effects. Height ceiling sound sourcing still didn’t impress me, since it’s a mono source spread out to six ceiling inset speakers. Bass reproduction here, though has been consistently impressive, my brief talk with one of the managers revealed that some of the more bombastic bass heavy movies, have blown out/damaged the bass speakers (and subsequently replaced or fixed). Interestingly on another technical note, since I never knew the full explanation of this, but auditorium 12’s sound system while it can present Auro 11.1 soundtracks, retains the rear speakers, so that non-encoded Auro DCP’s that include 7.1 mixes will be replicated as such.

I am not really a fan of the seats, the way they lean so far back, it’s almost as if you might break them with one’s own weight and send you sailing backwards – like the former old ultra-squeaky seats that were at the old Merrifield and Reston theaters.

JodarMovieFan on September 22, 2015 at 7:42 am

Giles, is 12 the Extreme theater, or whatever their version of IMAX-lite is? I wanted to see ‘Everest’..heard some of it was filmed in IMAX and some other films I’ve missed :(

I loved the rocker seats in the old National Amusement seat theaters. The only problem is when you had sell out crowds and the person sitting behind or in front of you sat so far back as if he/she was to fall into your lap. :)

I still have my free pass to use from the Jurassic Park DBox experience. I want to see a DBox presentation since I’ve never experienced it before.

Giles on September 22, 2015 at 10:00 am

yes, 12 is the XD screen. Actually none of the new ‘Everest’ movie was filmed in IMAX (Arri Alexa XT digital cameras to be exact).

Those old National Amusement seats scared the dickens out of me – the way they creaked, went back so far, I’ve never feared so much for my safety – I didn’t want to be ‘that guy’ who broke a chair at a movie theater.

MovieTix86 on October 17, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Auditorium 21 is presenting The Martian in “Cinemark Ultra 3D”, which I’m assuming is the brighter 6 fL 3D version of the film. This is one of the smaller auditoriums with only 101 seats. My first 3D viewing of The Martian was at AMC Columbia 14’s auditorium 2, which is one of their largest rooms with a Christie DLP projector. During the trailers (all were standard 2D) at this theatre (Cinemark Egyptian), the picture did seem brighter than AMC Columbia’s 2D trailers. However, during the film itself with the 3D glasses on, it didn’t really look noticeably brighter than my first screening.

Cinemark did not show a 3D glasses prompt at all before the film, which I thought was unusual. In contrast, at AMC after the First Look pre-show, AMC showed First Look 3D, all 2D trailers, the AMC RealD 3D glasses trailer and AMC Coca-cola Freestyle feature presentation trailer in 3D before the film. None of Cinemark’s policy trailers directly before the film were in 3D.

At this theatre, the 3D depth did not seem as apparent, though it was still noticeable. I also noticed during the scene with subtitles that the second line of subtitles was cropped/cut off at the bottom. This didn’t bother me since I had previously seen the film but first time viewers may feel differently. The MPAA website URL at the bottom of the green band before some trailers was cropped as well, though that probably won’t bother anyone. Also, the picture was a bit soft due to the vibration of the cooling fan in the projector. Sound did have a bit more depth and bass than AMC Columbia.

Giles on October 17, 2015 at 4:41 pm

^ I saw ‘The Martian’ once at Arclight Bethesda (‘widescreen’ 3D/Dolby Atmos) and AMC Uptown (3D) – in both instances all the conference/meeting room scenes look unnaturally dark and drab – two different DLP systems shared the same darkness levels, it seemed very odd as cinematographer decision. Were those scenes brighter at all in ‘Ultra 3D’? The best use of 3D were the last thirty minutes of the movie.

MovieTix86 on October 17, 2015 at 8:18 pm

Giles, those meeting room scenes were still quite dark in Ultra 3D. I thought the overall Ultra 3D presentation was slightly brighter than the standard 3D version. I didn’t really notice the difference in brightness unless I was looking specifically at a certain area within a scene. The 3D depth was more subtle here than on AMC Columbia’s Christie projector – that location had a very strong 3D depth compared to this theatre. Both locations use RealD 3D.

The 6 fL 3D version of “The Martian” should be brighter on Dolby 3D white screens. Not sure if ArcLight is showing that version, though.

Giles on October 17, 2015 at 11:36 pm

^ I would think the Arclight is showing the 6 FL version since the system uses Dolby 3D glasses – and the 3D looked fantastic.

aeterna on January 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm

This is one of the better multiplexes in the region. A number of reviews here and elsewhere have noted issues with the facilities and concessions but generally speaking I have had a pleasant experience at this theater. The real factor that detracts from this theater experience overall is parking. Parking is abysmal and during the holidays it is almost impossible to find anything. The close proximity of D&B to this venue is idiotic as well. Given this venues size and popularity, the planners here need to rethink their whole approach. If you haven’t yet been here, come early on the weekends and prepare to look for parking or pay for valet. Otherwise, buy your tickets online and go to a weekday matinee.

MovieTix86 on February 3, 2016 at 5:05 pm

During The Hateful Eight’s 70 mm Roadshow run, this theatre installed a 70 mm projector in auditorium 7, which is one of the mid-size auditoriums. The film was presented in its original aspect ratio letterboxed with the side screen masking opened up in scope ratio.

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