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Valley Mall multiplex opens

May 15, 2000|By SCOTT BUTKI

Washington County's' first multiplex with stadium seating is open and showing five movies on six screens.

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The state-of-the-art R/C Theatres multiplex at Valley Mall opened Friday night with "Battlefield Earth" showing on two screens.

Opening weekend "was pretty good," Mark Poor, theater assistant manager, said.

Movies will be playing on all 16 of the theater's screens by mid-June. About two screens will open each week for the next few weeks.

The theater has 40 employees and are still hiring, Poor said. There will be 75 employees when movies are showing on all 16 screens, he said.

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The screens have stadium seating, which means they are at a higher incline than with more traditional movie theaters, he said. The best part about stadium seating is that no matter how tall the person in front of you is you can still see over him or her, he said.

The largest theater has 301 seats and the smallest has 188. There are a total of about 2,700 seats at the theater.

The 65,000-square-foot theater features stadium seating, digital sound, rocking chairs with cup-holders, expanded concession fare and a reserved seating option, Poor said.

The theater is prepared for Memorial Day weekend, which kicks off the hot summer movie season, he said.

R/C Theatres owns the two movie theaters now in Washington County, Hagerstown Cinema 10 on Leitersburg Pike, a first-run theater, and the three-screen Long Meadow Cinemas at Long Meadow Shopping Center, which shows second-run movies.

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