Bow-Tie Criterion Cinemas at Movieland

1301 North Boulevard,
Richmond, VA 23230

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Previously operated by: Bow Tie Cinemas

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Bow-Tie Criterion Cinemas at Movieland

Located on the north side of the city, next to the existing Bow-Tie Cinemas 17-screens Movieland at Boulevard Square.

The Criterion Cinemas at Movieland was opened by Bow-Tie Cinemas on December 28, 2012. Its four screens specialized in independent and art house films. All screens had stadium seating and digital projection. It was closed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. A permanent closure was annouinded on May 9, 2023.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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accordion321 on September 15, 2021 at 7:56 am

A unique “feature” at this building that I have never seen at another theater - due to the decision to split such a small building into 4 auditoriums, no space could be spared for the hallway that usually employs both distance and angling to separates a theater’s lobby entrance from the auditorium doors. You can actually open the door from the inside of the auditorium and look straight out the glass front doors of the building, complete with sunlight during the day or the parking lot lights/car headlights at night shining directly onto the screen! To mitigate this, each auditorium has a blackout curtain in front of the door that has to be pushed aside as you enter and exit.

The two auditoriums whose walls comprise the external side walls of the building also have WINDOWS, another thing I have never seen in a movie theater. These are also blacked out.

ianpuffen on May 21, 2022 at 3:01 pm

This cinema closed at the start of the pandemic (March 2020) and I believe has remained closed since, long after the main Movieland complex reopened. It has also been removed from Bow Tie’s list of locations. They’ve continued to book the more esoteric art house films that previously played here at the main complex. At a minimum its status should be temporarily closed, if not permanently.

accordion321 on May 9, 2023 at 11:56 am

Never re-opened after COVID and permanent closure announced on 5/9/23: . The main multiplex building at the same site remains open and operational.

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