Arclight Bethesda

7101 Democracy Boulevard,
Bethesda, MD 20817

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Arclight Bethesda

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The theater’s official opening date is November 7, 2014, but has it’s pre-opening date with screenings of “John Wick” on October 23, 2014.

This 16 theater complex has auditoriums as small as being able to sit 70 patrons to it’s larger auditorium at under 300.

State of the art digital projection comes from Christie 2K and 4K systems, with one being able to playback High Frame Rate movies.

One screen is the chain’s deluxe ‘widescreen’ auditorium. Two auditoriums will be able to playback Dolby’s new 360 degree ‘Atmos’ surround sound system.

One screen will be able to present films in 35mm and will showcase the Arclight’s “ArcLight Presents…” series featuring cinema classics, limited releases, and exclusive content.

As it’s other West Coast theaters, the Arclight provides the standard amenities of reserved seating, unique programming, commercial-free movies, beer and wine, gourmet food and Q&As with filmmakers as well as enrolled membership benefits.

Contributed by Jonathan Goeldner

Recent comments (view all 31 comments)

Giles on July 23, 2015 at 4:05 pm

while it’s unfair to compare Ant-Man’s ‘digital’ presentation to IMAX’s ‘laser’ presentation (at Air & Space Museum Airbus IMAX screen) [darker, less color, less sharpness] – I do have to say the Dolby Atmos mix blew the 12-channel IMAX mix out of the water, simply superior – the imaging is very wide as to extend the music and sound cues just outside the screen area (as mentioned before in my observation to ‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ Atmos mix) – what achieved this is the fact that not only Atmos allocates the speakers closest to the screens as sourcing, but sound ‘behind’ the screen is benefitted from not only the pre-requisite left,center,right speakers but also left-center and right-center speakers as in typical pre-1977 70mm sound systems (before the transition to ‘baby boom’ features and the removal of two channels of the five front stage speaker set up) The bass also seems tighter and punchier for some reason, most notably also heard in the Pixar short film that preceeded ‘Inside Out’: ‘Lava’

HowardBHaas on July 23, 2015 at 7:59 pm

Can somebody please take a photo, of the theater’s exterior or lobby or an auditorium, and post it so this page hss one?

Giles on July 24, 2015 at 1:23 pm

I have around a half dozen of the lobby’s ultra-cool poster wall

Giles on July 24, 2015 at 6:11 pm

updated – added pics of the illuminated lobby ‘poster/photo’ wall in photo’s section

Giles on March 19, 2016 at 10:59 am

while this is my favourite newer theater in the DC metro area – I do have to say they are the worst when it comes to the number of 3D movies shown as such during the day.

FAShaffi on June 15, 2016 at 10:28 pm

Hello all,

I want to check out this theater when the new Independence Day movie comes out next week, and I want to try the “widescreen” theater (which I believe is Auditorium 6. For anyone who has been, are scope or anamorphic movies shot in 2.39 letterboxed on this screen? or is it true widescreen with no bars above and below the image?

Giles on June 17, 2016 at 2:18 pm

hey there FAShaffi – are you a member over at ? I know I answered a similar question just recently – and I’ll answer it like it did there. For scope films on the widescreen screen – it’s vertically masking where the screen actually lowers to 2.39 from the top downwards, thus eliminating the black bars that fixed ‘flat’ 1.79 screens present when presenting ‘scope’ movies.

Hope that answers your question. It’s a great screen and features a properly calibrated Atmos sound system, which in my opinion trounces the sound over on Tyson’s Dolby Cinema setup. (Unfortunately this morning’s presentation of ‘Finding Dory’ really showed off to lackluster effect how 3D glasses and non-laser projection can diminish color) Dolby Cinema and IMAX-laser (at Udvar Hazy and at the Lockheed Martin screens) show off how laser boosts brightness and colors to beautiful eye-popping superior effect. Wish Arclight would invest the time and money to switch over to a Christie 4K laser system for this screen.

FAShaffi on June 19, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Hey Giles, I am actually! Is your username Dubstar? I’m glad to hear that the screen masks for scope movies, I wish more theaters did this. I’m still deciding between going here or going to Reston to try the BTX screen for Independence Day, because I’ve read other comments below here that said that the BTX screen is a true scope screen, but I’m sure the experience will be good at either. Might have to consider the Fairfax Xtreme theater too, although I don’t know if that’s a scope or flat screen.

Giles on July 12, 2016 at 10:23 pm

yup that’s me… Dubstar. So where’d did you eventually see “ID: Resurgence” ? sorry for the late answer but Fairfax’s two Xtreme screens are fixed 1.78 screens – but on the positive side they are massive tall screens (too bad they are Auro 11.1 [so few movies are mixed and released as such])

back on topic though, just saw ‘Secret Life of Pets’ here at Arclight’s widescreen screen and I have to say the 3D (and brightness) was much better than ‘Finding Dory’s presentation.

FAShaffi on July 13, 2016 at 2:17 pm

I ended up going to Reston to see it on the BTX screen, which I was very impressed with, the screen is huge and the sound was impressive as well (although I’m not much of an audiophile, so my standards are kind of low haha). I’m glad to hear the Secret Life of Pets looks great on the Arclight screen, I might have to go check it out!

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