Eastpoint 10 Cinemas showcases the latest Hollywood blockbusters on screens that face sloped or stadium-style seating. Digital and 3-D projectors entertain audiences with high-resolution images that virtually pop out of the screen, making viewers feel like a part of the film without having to actually fight off bloodthirsty aliens, wicked witches, or Gerard Depardieu. The theater occasionally pairs screenings with special tie-in events, such as karate demonstrations to go along with martial-arts flicks.
The thespians and theater crew at Fells Point Corner Theatre have enchanted audiences with nonprofit productions of new and rarely seen plays for 25 years. Upcoming attractions include Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, the 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner about three differently aged women who reflect on their lives with acerbic wit while scaling skyscrapers; and The Little Dog Laughed, a look at gossip and celebrity in the 21st century. Colorful characters populate Circle Mirror Transformation, a comedy detailing a motley crew’s attempt at bonding during a six-week acting class; Eugene O’Neill’s iconic play The Iceman Cometh explores universal social questions in the back room of a 1912 skid-row saloon. Though seating at the 85-seat Fells Point Corner Theatre is subject to availability, the small size of the theater allows for good sight lines from all seats.
Landmark Theatres Harbor East isn’t the sticky-floored, bubble-gum-under-the-seats variety of theater that represents movie going in the minds of many. Instead, the Harbor East is a theater for grownups. Clean, spacious and comfortable, the theater features real leather reclining seats and stadium-style seating with unobstructed sight lines. Cutting-edge technology includes a four-digital-camera system which delivers four times the resolution of HDTV, digital surround sound and a premium-grade Klipsch sound system that makes the viewing experience a festival of sight and sound. Concessions include health conscious and specialty options as well as classic popcorn and candies; alcoholic beverages are available from the theater’s full bar. Located in the up-and-coming Harbor East neighborhood, validated parking is available.
The best movie-watching experiences are always when the environment is just right: the temperature, the lighting, and the snacks. At The Senator Theater in Baltimore, enjoy a classic viewing-experience in one of their beautifully restored theaters. Each is complete with curtains over the giant screens, velvet seats, and romantically-inclined lighting. At The Senator, they show not only the biggest current blockbusters, but also smaller, independent, films. (Yes. This variety may include subtitles). There are also seasonal showings for holidays. Really, what could be more fun than seeing It’s a Wonderful Life as Frank Capra envisioned: on Christmas Eve in a beautiful 1940s theater. Get the full experience at The Senator Theater in Baltimore.
The Charles theater offers Baltimoreans a great, alternative theater experience at an affordable price. This art house cinema, located in a historic building in the artsy Charles North neighborhood, shows independent and revival films year-round. Unlike the large, corporate theaters that populate the nation, the Charles’ unique interior, complete with exposed beams and brick walls, makes it a great place to relax and enjoy a movie. Perfect for the indie cinema buff and even the casual moviegoer looking for something fresh and new, the Charles is sure to offer a theater experience like no other!
The film festival, which begins on January 4th, features seven eye-smacking films shown on a full-size, five-story IMAX screen. The fest lasts for nine weeks, and there's no need to purchase Science Center admission ticket to attend any of the showings. Film choices include movies like Hurricane on the Bayou, a stirring documentary narrated by Meryl Streep that taps deep into the musical soul of the Big Easy before, during, and after the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. Volcanoes of the Deep Sea brings viewers 12,000 feet into the depths of the deep Atlantic wherescientists aboard a submersible explore the alien creatures, landscapes, and fast food franchises of earth's ocean floor. Other larger-than-life flicks include Michael Jordon to the Max, Greatest Places, Survival Island, and Extreme, which follows adventure-seeking athletes as they challenge some of the most intense forces of nature to a game of foosball. Music fans can nod their heads to U2 3D, a front stage pass to U2's worldwide Vertigo tour, filmed during the band's stop in South America. For a full description of films on the docket, visit the festival's website.