Waldorf movie theater to get $4.5 million facelift

January 18, 2012

Moviegoers in Waldorf will soon be able to sit back and enjoy a show in a renovated theater that might include IMAX features.

AMC Theatres announced last month that AMC Loews St. Charles Towne Center 9 would be giving customers an upgraded moviegoing experience.

About $4.5 million will be invested in the theater, with completion expected in the summer, AMC said in a news release. The theater opened in 1991.

With the renovation, each of the multiplex’s nine theaters will have 4k digital projection, which, according to AMC, provides the best quality in digital picture, because it uses 4,000 pixels to project images. The theater also will use the highest-quality speaker system, AMC officials said.

Customers will not only see movies with upgraded visuals and sound, but will be seated in leather reclining seats. The facility now has folding theater seats.

Renovations will also be made to the restrooms, box office, lobby and concession areas, keeping these areas up to date, AMC said.

The Waldorf multiplex is the only AMC theater in Southern Maryland.

AMC also is evaluating the possibility of adding an IMAX theater; a final decision has not been made, AMC said.

Ryan Noonan, director of public relations for AMC Theatres, said the reason for the renovations is AMC always is looking for opportunities to improve its theaters.

Noonan said the walkway in each theater will be sloped as it is now, with each row on its own platform, allowing each seat to recline fully.

The theater will remain open during the renovations.

“We are thrilled with the renovations at the AMC Loews St. Charles Towne Center 9 and see it as a complement to our property and the great and growing market we serve,” St. Charles Towne Center manager Stephanie Mosier said in a release.

“I've been waiting for this for a long time,” said Mary Dixon of Welcome.

Dixon said she was happy to hear of the upgrades, because she and her friends often go to a theater in Alexandria, to enjoy movies at a theater with better seating.

Jordan Burch of Charlotte Hall agreed that it would be nice to have an upgraded theater closer to home.

Adriann Hawkins of Hyattsville, who was visiting a friend at the Waldorf theater Monday, said patrons of the theater shouldn’t have to go to Virginia to see a movie.

In other local movie news, officials with Faison Enterprises of Charlotte, developers of Brandywine Crossing shopping center, confirmed the center is under contract with Great Escape Theatres for a multiplex complex.

Officials with Faison said they hope to break ground by spring.

The Great Escape Theatre will house 14 screens with stadium seating, officials said.

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