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

Recent comments (view all 90 comments)

Giles on March 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

I totally missed the news that the XD screen was converted to playback Auro encoded movies. Yet NOT advertising this aspect on their website is rather pointless in my mind.

MovieTix86 on April 2, 2015 at 3:42 pm

This theatre was one of several Cinemark locations that had D-BOX motion seats installed. A D-BOX demo setup is located next to the lobby exits, outside the arcade/game room.

MovieTix86 on May 18, 2015 at 6:11 am

They need to put in subwoofers or turn the low frequency/bass channel up in auditorium 11. The mid and high frequencies sounded fine when I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron there. But the lack of bass for an action film was underwhelming, especially in the largest auditorium in the theatre. If they can turn up the low frequency audio in 13, it can definitely be done in 11.

Before that, I saw Furious 7 in XD (12) and the sound lacked the depth I heard with the previous 7.1-channel sound system. All previous films in XD sounded better with the 7.1 system, with better sound panning and better overall sound quality. I don’t think it was the sound mix because I saw the film in a standard cinema, which had better sound quality.

I still prefer the presentation quality at Cinemark theatres over the dimmer projection and inconsistent audio levels at some AMC and Regal theatres.

Giles on May 18, 2015 at 7:58 am

Its quite possible the wrong audio encoding was ingested into the audio processor from the DCP, was there not any rear speaker sound? The presentation I heard over at Arclight Bethesda on its “wide screen” screen presented the 7.1 mix to wide effect notably in the side and rear speakers. Why ‘Furious 7’ was not given an object based mid is a mystery – lost cause really since there was a lot of ceiling sourced action that could have benefitted from accompanied sound cues.

MovieTix86 on May 18, 2015 at 2:52 pm

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 6:21 am

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 7:39 am

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 3:24 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 1:42 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 4:00 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.

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