|Address:||2772 S Randolph St, Arlington, VA 22206, USA|
things have certainly changed.Seats are luxurious..altho hard to find a good place for ones purse . Alcohol now available, But the perk I took advantage of most recently was closed captioning. Just ask and ,if the move has CC (not all do), you will get a device where you can get all the follow all the dialogue for the movie, It is constructed so as not to be a nuisance to others . It is adjustable and I was able to essentially position it in my lap.The acoustics in the theater are excellent but some of us need a little help . With less seats available now,and with reserved seating ,one has to do a little more advanced planning ,esp if sitting together is important. Also for $5.00 you can get a rewards type card and I believe pay no service fee for online tickets among other perks.Looks like they are also showing some mainstream movies. I think I would rather have two theaters showing one movie so there would be adequate seating for all .
The old Shirlington theater was a special place for my wife and me, so I wont go all negative about the new version because that would be just one more middle-aged crank whining about "change." But there is one problem I do want to address in hopes that management monitors comments from any review sites. (They dont have a website or Id certainly send them this message.) The main problem is that they theater is too bright! When the movie starts, I love a darkened theater where its hard to see other people and the focal point is the screen. Between the too bright wall lights and the WAY too bright running lights along the stairs, it was way too bright inside. I can deal with the changes and Im sure Ill get over my nostalgiac longing for the old place, but this is something that will have me going to other theaters if the same movie is playing elsewhere. Dim the lights, please!
Disappointing. Ive been to this theatre approx three times now. The first experience was good, but it went down from there. Our last visit we saw Wonder Woman in theatre 3. The picture was weak, not just in the movie but leading up in the commercialized stuff and the previews. I assumed that things should get better when the lights went out, but it was a 3D movie. The movie was out of focus and so dark it was unpleasant to watch... an extreme disappointment for a movie Id really been looking forward to see. Yes, the movie itself is dark-ish, but theres something wrong with their projector and/or calibration of the projector that made it almost literally unwatchable. When we left the theatre, the entire staff had cleared out. Nobody was available to talk to to complain, so we left and we wont be back.
Love the new seats!! The theatre is beautifully remodeled BUT: 1. Showing 3-4 week old blockbuster movies that we can see at every other theatre nearby... WHY?? Running out of seats on wkends for most of indie movies 4-6 hours in advance! Featuring blockbuster type movies 3-4 weeks after they can be seen anywhere else. Scheduling great indies- which is why we come here- at 1050pm and 0940AM once a day No Weekender ads and billboard showing Youth - which is not playing! Stone cold popcorn at 4pm Get your act together AMC!!! GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER AMC! WE LOVE THE VENUE BUT YOU WILL LOSE A VERY FAITHFUL AUDIENCE IF THIS KEEPS GOING ON....
Our AMC has just reopened (Nov 2015) and is completely upgraded including new digital equipment and sound. Its beautiful. New lazy-boy type seats that you will never want to leave, but fewer of them so select your movie a few hours in advance. New lobby is open and airy, now has more drinks and food selections, will be getting beer and wine, and bathrooms are finally on the first floor. And great movies. Never has dinner and a movie in Shirlington been better. Hint: try parking in the Randolph garage behind Signature Theater or in the WETA lot, both underutilized in the evening.
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I like that they show movies not playing at most other area theaters, but the seating is nearly flat so tall people obscure the screen for those behind them. The rows are also close together, so it is very difficult to pass by people in a row. It is also hot and humid in the theater, which made for a very uncomfortable experience. The demographic also seems to be primarily retirees. My wife and I were probably the only people in the building under 50. Dont think well be going back.
Thank god !! A theatre that values a mind and thinking. This place actually shows cinema that is sometimes in a foreign (non-english) language or made by Non-american director for a fresh point of view. If you want drivel and pure action-packed movies - then this is NOT the place for you. Which is great as that means my wife and I may enjoy a quiet movie experience without little cell phones and monster kids playing silly games during the show ;>)
I MISS MY INDIE FILM THEATER. I dont care about the recliner seats or the addition of a bar--the theater is in Shirlington, for goodness sake--the place is wall-to-wall bars. All the new stuff since renovation cant make up for the fact that this was formerly a go-to theater for indies and artsy "small" films, and now most of its offerings are the same big-name and action films you can see everywhere else. Im so disappointed.
I wish Dave Faris was right about independent films...that used to be so before the theater was refurbished, but no more. But now, instead of offering interesting indies, we get Jason Bourne, SausageFest and Bad Mom. What a disappointment. I would have been happy to keep the old seats if we got to keep the indie selections. I now have to go to Bethesda, Georgetown or E St.
The closest thing to an art house movie theater this side of DC. They recently refurbished, and now theyve become one of those theaters where you purchase a ticket for the specific seat. If you are looking for the most recent blockbuster, look elsewhere. They show mostly first run independent movies here. Lots of great choices for restaurants nearby.
AMC Loews Shirlington is an old small theater. Stadium seating and state of the art anything cant be found here, but its a quiet neighborhood theater that often has seats available when others are sold out. Service is pleasant and accommodating. Street parking can be tricky at prime hours. Not a bad alternative to the larger theaters closer to town.
This theater has been completely renovated (they tore everything up and rebuilt it). They serve quality but expensive confessions. Wide range of quality but overpriced alcoholic drinks. Very comfortable recline seating. The theaters are small but high quality projections and audio. Also convenient online ticket purchase and seating reservation.
The renovation is nice, but I miss all the indies. The movies are mostly ones that you can see anywhere. Now I have no place close by to see the indies. The manager was consistently late getting there to open the theater on weekend mornings, but they seem to have worked that out and have a new manager. Not crazy about the reserved seating.
My minor gripes with some small aesthetic decisions during the renovation are brushed aside by the constant professionalism of the DM and her staff. The theatre itself is as close to an independent theater that you can get without taking the metro into DC. But, luckily, you still have convenient access to most larger films.