Movies in county reach new heights Megaplex: Hoyts Cinema 14, opening tomorrow near Baltimore-Washington International Airport, has more than a dozen screens and stadium seating.

March 12, 1998|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Movies are going to a new level in Anne Arundel County thanks to a multimillion-dollar movie theater complex opening tomorrow near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Hoyts West Nursery Cinema 14, just off Nursery Road at International Drive in Linthicum, is the latest theater in the Baltimore region to offer more than a dozen screens with stadium seating -- rows of seats arranged on an increasingly steeper incline to give every viewer a clear sight line.

Similar theaters, such as Loews White Marsh Theatres, have been well received by moviegoers, who have consistently packed the huge auditoriums.

Alan L. Johnson, chief operating officer of the Australian theater chain led a group of reporters through the 57,300-square-foot building.

The $8.5 million project, the first of its kind in Anne Arundel County, has 2,736 seats in 14 auditoriums and can run a popular movie on several screens with a showing each hour.

The stadium seating in its two largest rooms, each with more than 270 seats, reaches to a second floor. Those rooms provide spaces for wheelchairs at the top of the stadium and on the floor.

The sand-colored, art-deco building is marked by a large tower ++ at its entrance, topped with the Hoyts marquee.

Inside the bright lobby is an arcade with popular video games such as Alpine Racer 2, in which a player mounts a ski-shaped platform and races down a video mountain while controlling the video character's movements by twisting and leaning from side to side.

On the quieter side of the lobby, Quikava Coffee Cafe serves cappuccino, mochas and lattes, along with fresh-baked brownies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, fat-free frozen fruit drinks and frozen coffee drinks.

Other features of the cinema include:

High-back chairs with cup holders.

Digital sound in each theater.

Extra-wide aisles to provide more leg room.

Rocking-back chairs on the theater floor where the incline is minimal.

Wall-to-wall movie screens up to 50 feet wide.

A self-serve concession area with ice cream, popcorn and bulk candy.

A concession stand with 12 cashier stations.

A self-serve kiosk for purchasing advance movie tickets or picking up tickets ordered over the phone.

Pub Date: 3/12/98

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