June 20--Marley Station mall reopened four of its eight movie screens Friday with all new 3-D digital projectors, seats with extra legroom and new flooring.
Marley Station Movies' $500,000 renovation also included a new lobby with digital signage and upgraded concession options, as well as updated bathrooms.
The movie theater had about 2,200 seats before renovations and now has about 1,850 seats because of the roomier seating, said John Hess, Marley Station general manager.
Hess said the reopening, which created 20 jobs, offered a good, local option for customers.
"After 27 years, we've been able to upgrade," he said.
Marley Station opened on June 5, 1987 with United Artist Theatre -- owned by Regal Entertainment Group -- as its original eight-screen movie theater. Since then, multi-screen movie theaters have opened in Linthicum at at Arundel Mills mall in Hanover.
When it closed in February, the theater was called Regal Cinemas.
Joyce Hain stood outside of the theater inside the mall Friday, eager for the opening. She lives about 15 minutes away and this is the closest theater.
"I think it's great they brought it back," she said.
Horizon Cinemas took over the theaters and renovated it. Marley Station will be its fourth location.
"I think it brings a whole new vitality," said Ira Miller, owner of Horizon Cinemas.
Horizon cinemas also operates Pikes Theatre in Parkville, Rotunda Cinemas and Beltway Movies in Baltimore.
Miller said he wants to give back to the mall and have people go there, not only for the theater but also the food and shopping.
"We are part of the Marley Station mall family," he said.
One effort to bring business to the entirety of the mall is discounted movie theater tickets. If a mall customer spends $10 anywhere in the mall, they receive a coupon that allows them to have a discounted movie ticket -- $6 for regular movies and $9 for 3-D, good for Sunday through Thursday.
At the ribbon cutting, there were raffle giveaways, gift bags and the first 100 people to arrive received a complimentary movie pass.
Del. Pam Beidle, Sen. Ed DeGrange, County Councilman John Grasso, Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Fran Schmidt, County Executive representative Candy Fontz and BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport representative Mike Phennicie attended.
The four other movie theaters will be renovated and open by the end of the summer.
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