AMC Shirlington 7
2772 S. Randolph Street,
2772 S. Randolph Street,Arlington, VA 22206
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The AMC Shirlington has reserved seating in all auditoriums. Unfortunately, at least two of the screens have “one size fits all” projection, so 2.35:1 movies are letterboxed.
Quickly looking at that link, it does not appear to be reserved seating.
is this reserved seating now? or is it still first come first seating.
I love going to Shirlington t watch independent movies and in general. The last week I went and I was greatly surprised with all this renovation. I was so comfortable sitting on those reclining seats, everything was so comfortable and great. Definitely great change and form now that will be my number 1 place movie to go. It was better to be at home believe me
AMC could have rejigged the audio to 7.1 – but I’m sure they didn’t.
The complex has reopened with AMC’s fancy reclining seats, better bathrooms, upgraded snacks, and a beer and wine bar. Also, the “Loews” has been dropped from the name and a huge AMC logo has replaced the dated changeable-letter marquee.
AMC website states:
“This theatre is temporarily closed while we make changes that you’re going to love. Please check back later for updates.”
I noticed when I visited this theatre (which I quickly fell in love with, for its charms and its programming) for the first time, a few weeks ago, that it’s still all 35MM. Hopefully the lack of digital projection, at least for now, isn’t an indication of its impending closing.
This is a nice, quirky little venue which grows on you. The place is clean, the staff is courteous, the presentation in each of the auditoria is superb and the patrons are pleasant and quiet. 2009 and 2010 shots of the Shirlington: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
I think AMC is only interested in it’s Hoffman and Tyson’s theatres since those are getting the IMAX conversion (and yes I know AMC is fronting up the cash for that, not AMC). They even shorthand Mazza Galleria – a theatre that seems like it’s on the downhill.
Giles, SHH! Don’t suggest any more venue closings. I like Shirlington and the surrounding restaurants and public library.
since the closing of the intown DC Dupont Theatre I thought AMC would follow with the closing of Shirlington – what’s the story at this point?
Less competition is NOT good. While I’ve never visited Cinema Arts, I do see their showtimes in the paper and have visited their website. By the number of shows they have 5-6, they MUST be doing well in comparison to the rest given the fact that 4 showings is the norm for many movies.
Yeah, seems like such a waste to have this place bite the dust. A great looking theater, 7 is a decent number of screens, and it is a perfect neighborhood for the product they show. Hope this doesn’t just turn in to more condos.
Cinema Arts in Fairfax does compete with Shirlington in trying to book a lot of the same indie product and does do good business from what I understand. It’s independently owned, so I don’t think it’s going anywhere anytime soon, so there’ll still be a location that side of DC showing arthouse stuff. Still, hope somebody comes in and saves this place.
maybe if AMC doesn’t renew it’s lease Landmark might come to the rescue. (fingers crossed)
One of the theatres was 70mm capable.
Shirlington Lease is done in December. AMC has ask the managers where they would like to go. The condo’s around the theatre mite build more in it’s space.
The Shirlington Cinema 7 opened December 18, 1987 at cost of $2 million, by Circle Theatres. Circle was bought by Cineplex Odeon, which eventually merged into Loews, and Loews merged into AMC.
The auditoriums are separated by 11-inch-thick sound-proof walls.
From Washington Post online:
The small lobby in the Cineplex Odeon Shirlington misrepresents the clean, comfortable and large-screen theaters inside. Three of its seven screens are curved, and seating capacity ranges from 165 to 350. Thus, it’s well equipped to handle any flick, whether it be an action-packed blockbuster, an independent or an unrated foreign film. But you probably won’t see the latest Disney release here. The movie choices generally target an adult audience. You can buy a cup of coffee; you won’t find a video game. The restrooms are inconveniently upstairs, and like the lobby, small. The theater towers over the nearby Village of Shirlington, and offers a pleasant art deco style reminiscent of a different place and time. Street lamps illuminate the village, which has various restaurants and small shops. From the village, you can easily spot the neon lights of the theater marquee. A large lot behind the theater provides free parking.
— Shesha Pancholi
Wow, really? I thought this location still did bring in good business with its arthouse selection, though I imagine the rent may be high given the spot. I’d hate to see this place not reamin a theater.
I have heard that maybe AMC Shirlington is closing in December or January because AMC is not renewing the lease.