Northern Virginia

By Matt Slovick Staff
August 2001


Hoffman Center 22 (American Multi-Cinema), Alexandria
The theater, which opened in June 2001, features all stadium seating and digital sound. It's 22 screens are the most in Northern Virginia and second-most in the region. Four of the theaters have more than 400 seats. It's conveniently located a block from the Eisenhower Avenue Metro stop on the Yellow Line.

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The Potomac Yard Cinema and the other new Hoyts theaters in the region feature coffee cafes. (Craig Cola/
Potomac Yard Cinema 16 (Hoyts), Alexandria
This facility has the largest number of screens of any all-stadium-seating multiplex in the region. The two biggest houses have 58-foot screens and about 400 seats. Like the other new Hoyts theaters, it has digital sound, free parking, a coffee cafe, advanced ticket sales by phone and two ticket ATMs in the lobby. The eight restrooms and many diaper-changing stations are other conveniences.

Ballston Commons 12 (Regal), Arlington
A new addition to the Ballston Commons Mall is the three-level theater, which has all stadium seating and all digital sound. Its two showcase houses can hold 460 patrons in front of the 60-foot screens. All the seats have retractable arm rests, which have drink holders. The main level has a coffee cafe; concession stands are on all three floors. The Metro is a block away and the parking garage charges just $1 for the first three hours.

Cinemas in Manassas (Hoyts)
Hoyts brought all-stadium-seating to Prince William County with this 14-screen multiplex. It's two largest auditoriums seat about 400 moviegoers. The venue has large game room is on the second floor and a small party room with tables on the first floor. It offers the many amenities of the area's new Hoyts theaters – digital sound, free parking, coffee cafe, advanced ticket sales by phone and a ATM in the lobby.

Multiplex Cinemas (National Amusements)
Centreville, Merrifield, Mount Vernon
Multiplex Cinema has four venues in Northern Virginia. The three locations that made our list are almost identical. Centreville is the newest (12 screens), Lee Highway (Merrifield) the largest (14 screens), Mount Vernon the oldest (10 screens). They all have digital sound, houses that seat 200 to 500, large lobbies and plenty of free parking. Tickets and concessions can be purchased with a credit card. ATM machines in the lobby allow you to buy tickets and pre-pay for concessions with a credit card.

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The seating at Regal Countryside Cinemas includes love seats. (Reginald A. Pearman Jr./
Countryside 20 Cinemas
(Regal), Sterling

The regional trend in stadium seating started here in a few of its theaters. Now, the back half of 14 of its auditoriums has the feature. And it expanded in 2000 with six new all-stadium-seating auditoriums. Each house, ranging from 80 to 446 seats, has a few love seats. Countryside also has a cafe and a party room available for groups.

Springfield Mall 9 (General Cinema Corporation)
The largest theater in Northern Virginia is part of this multiplex in Springfield Mall. Cinema 1 has 660 seats, a big screen and THX certification, which means top-quality sound. Three other houses have about 400 seats. Houses here can show films in SDDS and DTS. Concession area highlights include hot and cold Starbucks drinks.

Courthouse 8 (American Multi-Cinema), Arlington
The Metro escalator almost delivers you to the front door of this facility. It has a THX theater with a large screen and 383 comfortable seats. An underground parking garage also makes driving in a breeze. All eight theaters can show films in SDDS.

Fairfax Towne Center 10 (United Artists)
This facility boasts two THX houses that can seat 576 and 446 moviegoers. The large hallway to the theaters offers plenty of space for waiting before and after a movie. And the restrooms can handle crowds – the women's room has 21 stalls. The adjacent parking garage is a comfort in bad weather.

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