Marley Station Movies

Marley Station Mall,
7900 Governor Ritchie Highway,
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

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Marley Station Movies

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The Movies at Marley Station opened on Friday, June 5, 1987, with a brace of features including "The Untouchables." Seven of the eight screens are typical 1970s-1980s UA "shoeboxes" (oblong rooms with one aisle down the middle), while auditorium #5 has a more traditional two-aisle, three-section layout. UA Marley, like its sister at Golden Ring, had a long run of "Rocky Horror" (1987-1992).

This theater seemed to still do well, despite the presence of two relatively nearby megaplexes (Cinemark’s Arundel Mills and Northeast Theatres' Nursery Road). The Movies at Marley Station was closed on February 22, 2014. It was reopened by Horizon Cinemas on June 20, 2014 as Marley Station Movies.

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JodarMovieFan on August 23, 2009 at 6:47 pm

In 1991, I saw Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country with my friend in what I believe was #5. Compared to my experience at the then THX-certified Union Station’s Grand Theater, the sound and experience here was poor. Since then, I have never been back.

randytheicon on October 10, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Theatre #5 was usually Marley’s best room…manager Debbie Pearson must have been off her game that night, or there was some sort of problem beyond her control.

6 also wasn’t bad, despite (a) being a shoebox, and (b) being occasionally abused by the “Rocky Horror” cast which resided there.

When “Pet Sematary” opened at Marley in 1988, Pearson decorated the lobby AND house #5 in a graveyard motif, complete with cobwebs, skeletons and foam headstones!

randytheicon on February 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm

UA Marley Station is CLOSED as of February 22, 2014.

randytheicon on April 21, 2014 at 5:45 pm

This theatre will reopen in summer 2014 under the management of Horizon Cinemas, run by former J-F Theatres booker Ira Miller.

Scraggler on April 1, 2015 at 11:22 pm

Theater #5 was definitely the big one and it always had a peculiar smell, like moldy bread. Never did find out why. Maybe it still does. I had completely forgotten about the Rocky Horror screenings.

randytheicon on November 1, 2015 at 5:56 pm

Scraggler: A Sbarro pizza shop is adjacent to that auditorium. Perhaps that is the source of the smell.

randytheicon on November 1, 2015 at 6:27 pm

I visited this theatre a few days ago. Looks pretty much the same as it did in the UA days. The original box office is closed; one now buys tix at the concession stand. The stand itself is half as large as before, with the other half now occupied in part by a popcorn-butter dispenser.

The auditoriums have been re-numbered: 6 through 8 are now 1 to 3; #4 is the old, large #5; and the old 4-3-2-1 are now 5-6-7-8. New #8 (old #1), the smallest house, has been remodeled, with the UA “shoebox” seating arrangement replaced with continental seating (eliminating the center aisle). 8/1 is larger than I remember, and now has Dolby Digital front channels only (no surrounds). (UA’s 1-2-3 and 8 were mono in the 35mm era.) #1 (old 6) also has new continental seating and full Dolby Digital with surrounds. The decor of the auditoriums has been changed as well, and there are reclining seats.

The place was very quiet for a Friday evening: the two showings of “Rocky Horror” I attended drew a grand total of 24 people, very unusual for a Halloween weekend, and far fewer than Marley typically had during the movie’s 1987-92 run there. The picture playing across the hall also seemed to have a tiny crowd. A shame, as prices under Horizon are much lower than at the Cinemark Egyptian: $9 top adult price, $6 matinees, plus a $3 upcharge for 3-D. Most Wednesdays, adult prices are $6 (and the upcharge). Concessions, which stick to the basics, are reasonably priced.

Marley Station itself is considered to be a dying mall. Restrictions on “mallrats,” and a 9 pm closing time, have reduced warm bodies considerably. The movies are overshadowed by Cinemark’s Arundel Mills monsterplex and its modern frills. Horizon Marley still is a nice place to see movies.

Ftopel on April 24, 2016 at 3:38 pm

I probably have not been to this theater in 20 years since I moved out of MD. The last movie I saw there may have Jerry Maguire. And when I visit, if we’re seeing a movie, it’s usually at a newer theater.

I am so happy to hear they’ve kept the layout basically the same. So many great memories. In the early 90s I used to wake up on Saturday mornings and go to the 10AM first showings, usually of a movie nobody wanted to see with me. Things like No Escape (Ray Liotta) or even D2: The Mighty Ducks.

I sure remember the big theater, the old #5 it seems. Seeing Mrs. Doubtfire, Wayne’s World, The Addams Family, Nightmare on Elm Street 4 and Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. Smaller theaters too for movies like The People Under the Stairs, Baby’s Day Out, The Net, Getting Even with Dad. Not all classics, but I saw everything back then.

I’d heard the mall became a rather dangerous place with gang activity. Has that been curbed with the new restrictions? It’s amazing they still show Rocky Horror. Wonder if that’s still on 35mm or a DCP now. Thank you all for sharing this information, and that photo of the lobby makes me wistful.

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