Bow-Tie Cinemas Reston Town Center 11 & BTX Theater

11940 Market Street,
Reston, VA 20190

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Giles on September 25, 2015 at 10:35 am

I’m forgetting are there ceiling speakers on the BTX auditorium? Maybe Bow Tie could relook at putting an object based processor/system here: DTS-X or even AuroMax

Giles on December 9, 2013 at 10:42 am

[sigh] no Atmos or ‘high frame rate’ on the BTX screen for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’

Giles on July 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm

finally made it over to see a movie on the BTX screen. I liked how the screen pretty much used the entire wall, and the 7.1 audio of ‘The Lone Rider’ was thunderous and aurally intense.

Giles on December 13, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Bow Tie though must be given some credit, along with Cinema Arts (three of the six screens) and the new Angelika Mosaic in providing 7.1 surround sound in all of it’s auditoriums – Regal and AMC fail in this respect

Giles on December 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm

“almost ready” isn’t cutting it, the first Hobbit movie is a top tier movie where Bow Tie should have had everything in place to compete with the Regal’s and AMC’s in the DC metro area – on the plus side, at least the film will be presented in 7.1 discrete surround sound.

thebrat on December 13, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Yes I just called this theatre and no it won’t be shown in HFR or Atmos. Me no like. The GM said it was almost ready for Atmos and they haven’t upgraded to HFR at the time I spoke to the General Manager.

Giles on December 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

I don’t who you talked with thebrat at the theater, but ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ on the BTX screen is neither in Atmos OR High Frame Rate [insert mad face]

Giles on November 30, 2012 at 8:11 am

question: so if the BTX screen can show a scope film without borders, how did it show ‘Life of Pi’ (which is 1.85) did they crop the top and bottom off? or did the film have side black borders? Is the theater really going to be ready for Dolby Atmos for the first Hobbit film – their own website is not advertising this fact.

joemasher on November 5, 2012 at 11:40 am

“Skyfall” will be in BTX this Friday (starts at Midnight on Thursday), followed by “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II” the week after.

Giles on November 5, 2012 at 11:15 am

so it looks like ‘Flight’ will continue it’s run on the BTX screen and NOT ‘SkyFall’ [face palm]

Giles on October 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm

according to their website – the BTX screen is debuting this Friday with ‘Cloud Atlas’ and since AMC did not book this at the Uptown, I’m thinking of trekking out to check out the new screen here.

Giles on October 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

so the screen can change between 1.78/1.85 and 2.35 – with no black borders above or below the image for the latter? That’s too bad the Atmos system won’t be up and running for ‘Chasing Mavericks’ (Oct 26th) – I don’t think I’ve read any news that ‘Skyfall’ will be released in 7.1, let alone remixed in Atmos :( On the plus side ‘Skyfall’ (the entire feature, like the trailer) will be released in 4K DCP

not to digress, but the 7.1 mix for ‘The Lion King’ (on the ETX screen) really DID suck – agree with you there. Even the 7.1 mix of ‘Finding Nemo’ was completely lackluster, my DTS-ES 6.1 DVD of the movie had better surround sound mixing than what I heard on the big screen.

thebrat on October 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I don’t go to the ETX in Tyson’s often. The only times I’ve watched a movie on that screen were Transformers: Dark of the Moon and The Lion King (3D reissue), both in 2011. The former surprised me with the unadvertised feature of Dolby 7.1, and even though Michael Bay films are too loud usually, it didn’t sound awful and pretty much rocked the house! The latter filled up the entire screen with its 1.78:1 aspect ratio and was pretty clear, even though the DCP was in 2K making fuzzy images a given when blown up to a giant screen, and the 7.1 remix sucked.

But back to the Bow-Tie, I forgot to mention that the BTX has yet installed ceiling speakers for Atmos. I haven’t asked the GM about what type of projector setup the auditorium has. Unlike the ETX, the screen is enhanced for scope films, so the full aspect ratio of the Bond trailer fit the screen. It is expected to be ready by November, to be opening with Skyfall.

Giles on October 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

any screen can give the ETX screen a run for it’s money IMO, recently ‘Finding Nemo’ in 3D looked terrible. I’m sick of the two projector’s not being correctly aligned. Is the BTX screen a single projector? You should have seen all the speakers if it’s BTX (above the standard surrounds speakers and the one’s in the ceiling) That’s very exciting news!

thebrat on October 8, 2012 at 9:37 am

Had an awesome experience last morning. I was just checking out the place, not seeing a movie, and the general manager came up to me and gave us a demo of the BTX auditorium under construction. So I watched the Skyfall trailer being projected in 4K on that giant screen, and boy that was pretty awesome. It gives the ETX in Tyson’s a run for its money.

He also told me that the BTX auditorium is ready for Dolby Atmos and will be ready to show The Hobbit in 48fps.

Giles on July 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm

the auditoriums that were untwinned were 1 & 2, and 3 & 4 (the latter which is now screen 2, is the largest screen). All the screens are now ‘digital’ featuring Christie 4K upgradeable projectors and can/will playback 7.1 audio

Giles on April 9, 2011 at 10:36 pm

I always remembered that it was one of the first theatres in the DC area to be equipped with Dolby Digital EX surround sound, ‘Toy Story 2’ sounded amazing when played back as such. As for the seats ALL the National Amusements had these really crummy seats where they were both ultra-squeaky and/or reclined back so far that you felt like you would flip backward off the seat. Will be interested in seeing the detwinned auditorium. I hope that Bow Tie can install some of the auditoriums to playback discrete 7.1 soundmixes – something that Rave hasn’t done over at their Centreville or Fairfax Corner theaters.

joemasher on April 6, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Cineplex started the project in 1988 but didn’t finish it—National Amusements opened it in 1990. Cineplex lobby with NAI auditoriums…it never operated as a Cineplex Odeon.

fred1 on March 31, 2011 at 6:12 am

I beleive this theater first opened as a Cineplex Odeon

joemasher on March 31, 2011 at 3:43 am

As of Friday, 4/1, Bow Tie Cinemas will assume operation of the Reston Town Center 13. A phased top-to-bottom reconstruction will soon begin (allowing the theater to remain open during construction), which will include all stadium seating, bigger screens, all digital projection with 3D capability, brand new concession stands, all new amenities and decor, and brand new rest rooms. The theater originally opened as an 11-plex, and National Amusements later ‘twinned’ theaters 1 & 2. In the reconstruction, Bow Tie will ‘de-twin’ the theaters, turning the facility back to an 11-plex.