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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MovieTix86 on May 19, 2015 at 1:52 am

Giles, there were surrounds but it sounded more like 5.1 than 7.1 – I believe Auro only supports downmixing to 5.1 because Auro is encoded within the 5.1 audio track. There seemed to be less sound movement among the surround speakers than the previous 7.1 sound system. Bass output wasn’t lacking but didn’t have the power I usually expect from the XD format.

The last film I saw in XD was Pacific Rim in 7.1 and you could hear and feel the auditorium rumble whenever the Jaegers and Kaiju fell or stepped on the ground. The experience was more immersive with more sound movement among the surround channels as well. I didn’t have that type of experience during the Furious 7 screening.

JodarMovieFan on June 13, 2015 at 5:21 pm

I caught a matinee of Jurassic World here only because they have recently installed D-Box seating. Being opening day and upon discovering the D-Box install, I thought this would be an interesting experience. I’ve known D-Box was locally installed at a Leesburg mplex, but it is rather far for me to go.

Unfortunately, the website indicates they are in the smaller auditoriums 13 and 18, not the nicer XD one. I guess its okay if the screen was not as immersive but at least its 3D and digital, meaning a clean, slightly darker picture. The website also denotes the fact that the entire auditorium is not D-Box arranged but only 2 rows and 2 seats. When I saw the online schematic for the reserved seating (ugh!) chart, I thought for a second that the theater was just that..a capacity of just 2 rows and 2 seats! Nope.

Due to unexpected traffic delays, I arrived 15 minutes late. Fortunately, I bought my ticket online and skipped the box office line despite the surcharge. I missed all the opening sneak previews and format/sound trailers, so I can’t talk about any of that. I believe this venue never played sound format trailers, just digital. The way the online seating chart looks in relation to the screen, one is MISTAKENLY led to believe the two rows of D-Box seats are the bottom of the stadium seating level and the two other seats are on the auditorium floor and in center. WRONG. The movie had started and the fact there is insufficient lighting, I could not find the J row that I was assigned. I did see the seat number and people to the right of me. I asked the guy next to me if its J Row, the D-Box row and he said yes. No movement in the seats, buzzing or any kind of moment in the beginning. I thought maybe the seat motions only during the action parts. The action parts come and go, no movement. By this time, the movie is already into the half way part. No sense in moving again, missing the flow of the film trying to find the elusive J-row.

The movie was surprisingly good. I had heard some positive reviews on the radio and the online buzz was decent even though, I don’t really pay attention to them to the extent that it influences my movie choices.

Sound wise, there were decent surrounds and particular chatter and sound fx from the top left like 7.1. Not sure if its the auditorium or the soundtrack, itself, but I’m leaning towards the auditorium sound system, the depth of sound wasn’t as rich or deep as seeing the original Jurassic film at Universal Studios in Hollywood way back when DTS debuted. Of particular comparison is the full shot of the T-Rex (rather the new creature’s) onscreen and its roar. At that venue, which I blogged here but was probably deleted, you could get the sensation of breath coming at you and motion from the then THX-cert auditorium.

A few minor annoyances was the series' often repeated opening shot of the dinosaurs trotting onscreen from right to left to the upswell of oooh ahh music. I get the impression they reused the same shot from the original but modified the images to add/take away particular dinosaurs and include the current actors in the scene. Bryce Dallas Howard’s Stepford Wives' style do made me want to grab at the image and turn it something less oppressive. :)

Complaining to Guest services got me an apology and acknowledgement about the bad website seating schematic and vertically cropped film. I’ll go back but avoid #18 for D-Box, if I can.

Giles on June 13, 2015 at 6:39 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 22, 2015 at 2:24 am

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 12:42 pm

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 3:00 pm

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 8:53 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 9:41 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 18, 2015 at 1:18 am

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 18, 2015 at 4:36 am

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

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