Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD

7000 Arundel Mills Circle,
Hanover, MD 21076

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Cinemark Egyptian 24 and XD

This Egyptian-themed theater was opened by Florida-based Muvico Theaters on December 8, 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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aeterna
aeterna on January 13, 2016 at 11:24 am

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
MovieTix86 on February 3, 2016 at 4:05 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.

rivest266
rivest266 on June 2, 2016 at 7:02 pm

December 8th, 2000 grand opening ad in photo section.

JodarMovieFan
JodarMovieFan on May 25, 2017 at 11:10 am

Since I couldn’t get to the IMAX showings, I decided to see Alien: Covenant in D-Box..but on the cheaper Tuesday discounted day. I didn’t realize that there was no 3D release for the movie. Prometheus was quite good in the XD auditorium the last time.

The online seating chart doesn’t really give you a decent sense of where the seats are. I choose the one closest to the screen that wasn’t in the stadium area.

After what seemed like 20 previews, the D-Box trailer played and the seat rumbled and shook to alert me the movie was starting. My initial impression was that the seat movements (shake, vibration and tilting) were annoying. I’m thinking the screen was not immersive in the sense that I’m looking up to the screen. If it had been more on the level..which is why I’m not a great fan of stadium seating, I think the experience could have been better, overall. However, the ending part of the movie is when I forgot about my misgivings and the picture and movements seemed better in synch.

Picture and sound were digital good, however, during pre-show time, it seemed like the right half of the screen was darker. The soundtrack was distinct and clear. The appropriate sounds came out of the front left, but in the temple scene the constant water flow sounded more like a guy taking a whizzz then anything else. :)

For $13, the discounted price is palatable. The regular $20 D-Box price gives one pause for thought. I’m wondering if a different movie, like a space one would be a better experience. I missed a recline feature. Overall, the experience reminded me of the Doug Trumbull tri-feature experience at the Luxor in the 90s. They had minimal sensation but had speakers in the seats, if I recall correctly.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on October 6, 2017 at 9:01 pm

The largest auditoriums (11-14) have been converted to recliner seating with steeper stadium risers and new carpeting and aisle lighting. This includes the XD auditorium (12). I believe two small adjacent auditoriums (10 & 15) were also converted.

I haven’t been in the XD auditorium (12) yet, but 11 had new speakers installed as well. The surrounds appear to be JBL 9300 speakers, though I’m sure the screen speakers were also replaced (most likely JBL Screen Array speakers). The screen also looks new and projection looks better than the non-converted auditoriums. The Egyptian murals on the upper side walls were retained. I believe they added red carpeting to the bottom quarters of the walls.

Along with recliners, auditorium 13 appears to still have D-BOX motion seats, just with a slightly lower quantity now (according to the online seating map).

I didn’t ask if the XD auditorium has been THX certified, as Cinemark appears to be in the process of certifying their XD auditoriums. Their website indicates that it still has Auro 11.1 sound.

Giles
Giles on October 7, 2017 at 9:53 am

Wish you had asked if the XD screens are laser projectors – I thought I had read said screens were updated as such. Too bad Cinemark merged with a ‘Barco and Auro exclusivity’ Dolby Atmos in my mind is superior

Ftopel
Ftopel on March 2, 2018 at 12:03 am

Photos of recliner converted theaters added.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on March 28, 2018 at 6:46 pm

I did some browsing on THX’s cinema locator on their website and found that all of the local (DC area) XD screens are listed as THX certified.

I have not been in the XD auditorium since the recliner conversion. So I don’t know if they play a THX trailer after film trailers/before feature films.

In other news, the new D-BOX seats have a recliner like appearance but are red to distinguish them from the regular recliners, which are dark brown. I personally haven’t used the new seats but I most likely won’t in the future because I found the old D-BOX seats to be distracting and overpriced the first time I tried them.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on April 1, 2018 at 7:54 pm

I saw “Ready Player One” in XD over the weekend. The projection and sound quality were much better than IMAX and Dolby Cinema at AMC Columbia. Picture was both brighter and clearer (even more so than Dolby Cinema at Columbia), and the sound was perfect.

I really like how they have the sound system set up. The bass reverberated through the auditorium but only at appropriate times and wasn’t too loud, boomy, or sibilant, unlike the large formats at that other theater I mentioned earlier. I hope they keep the audio levels this way. Audio panning between surround channels was also apparent during both the trailers and feature film. It’s definitely my favorite large format auditorium in this area now.

The seats and floor were reconstructed in the XD auditorium. Everything else is the same — surround speakers, auditorium decor and screen are all the same as before the recliner retrofit.

Interestingly, the sightlines didn’t look different to me with the new recliners. But I’m not the type of person who reclines their seat all the way back. I don’t like looking up at the screen at an awkward angle. I’d rather look straight at it, like with standard non-reclining seats.

Although Cinemark’s standard “Popcorn and Coca-Cola” feature presentation trailer was shown, there were no XD or THX trailers shown. I had no problem with this, as I feel that the Cinemark XD “Unicorns” trailer is too cheesy and a bit annoying for my tastes. However, I will admit that seeing a THX trailer and hearing the Deep Note would have paired well with all the old pop culture references in “Ready Player One”.

The screen is still as huge and immersive as before. If I can find time to come back and see the film again in XD, I’ll probably sit a few rows back so I can see the entire screen. I sat near the center of the auditorium and the screen still extended past my field of vision at that location.

Before the preshow, I heard some vibrating from what sounded like the speaker mounts on the left wall due to sound leakage from 11. So they need to turn down the speakers and/or bass in 11. It definitely was not from 12 because the speakers weren’t even on yet. Later in the film, during one of the quiet scenes, I noticed the sound leakage again.

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