AMC Columbia 14

10300 Little Patuxent Parkway,
Columbia, MD 21044

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MovieTix86 on October 29, 2009 at 8:44 pm

I saw Michael Jackson’s This Is It in auditorium #2 tonight. The 35 mm presentation was quite good, especially for a concert film. Due to the aspect ratio of the film, the large screen in #2 was utilized at full height with no top down masking. It’s a shame the director decided against a 3D release since the scenes were still shown, though in 2D.

I did have one minor gripe: during an interview scene near the beginning of the film, the dialogue of the person skipped due to a reel change.

JodarMovieFan on October 24, 2009 at 4:32 pm

I was just going by what you were saying. In the previous years, I forgot which auditorium was already DLP equipped. I do not recall the auditorium’s number but placement wise, it reminded me of Tysons. What I was saying before was that going by your assumption that 6 had the new install, it would make sense to have them book the new movie Amelia there as opposed to just putting back the older movie, which I’m assuming is the Meatballs 3D movie.

If you go and see Amelia there on time, let us know if there’s a new trailer for the digital system. I don’t think the next big digital movie will come until the movie 2012 is released in a few weeks. That one deserves the IMAX treatment given the size and scale of the destruction fx. Or, the Jim Carrey Disney Christmas Scrooge movie.

MovieTix86 on October 24, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Jodar, I’m not sure what you’re referring to when you say “older movie with a new system”. When I went there on October 22, they were still working on the 4K system. Hence, why I said auditorium #6 was closed.

I saw “Where the Wild Things Are” in auditorium #2, which was a 35 mm film presentation. On the same day, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” was shown in #14 but in 35 mm film and not DLP 3D as in previous weeks. The movie appears to be showing in 3D now, so they may have been working on the DLP projector again.

Sorry if I wasn’t clear enough in my last post.

JodarMovieFan on October 23, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Yes, it was 6. If thats the case, why would they show an older movie with the new system? I’d think they would use the new system with the new movie. I should’ve asked. :) Besides, it was the only movie that I recall that specifically had the DP by the title. Also, has just Wild Things in IMAX and regular film since there’s no DP designation.

MovieTix86 on October 23, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Jodar, was the movie shown in auditorium #6? When I went to see “Where the Wild Things Are” yesterday (in auditorium #2), it was closed. So I’m assuming the 4K system is in that auditorium.

JodarMovieFan on October 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm

I saw Amelia here at the 11am matinee (and perfect price of $6) but arrived late because I had to drop some folks off at a wedding in Pasadena. The film, itself, was good but not great. Its good to see Hillary Swank play a character who doesn’t die horribly…which probably means she won’t get another Oscar for portraying Amelia Earhart. I must say one does believe she captures what Amelia may have been at the time; a little reserved, but having an inner strength to continue despite the odds and obstacles.

Since I arrived late, I could not observe any pre-show ads for the auditorium’s new format. I’m hoping next time I will. The picture itself is as good as digital touts itself to be, bright, flicker and scratch free. The best colors to come out are blues and reds. One could count the freckles on Amelia though they varied throughout the film. At one point, her makeup made her look as if she had chicken pox. Maybe such crystal clarity is not such a good thing. To be honest, I can’t tell the difference between 2K and 4K Digital. You’d think 4K would be twice as sharp. Perhaps a CGI heavy film like a Star Trek would show better. Let’s hope one of the Christmas fx-heavy releases makes it to this venue and in the 4K format to say for sure. I want another try at it.

MovieTix86 on October 21, 2009 at 8:10 pm

According to and Fandango, the documentary film, “Amelia”, will be shown in Sony 4K at this theater and AMC Loews White Marsh 16 starting on Friday (October 23).

JodarMovieFan on May 9, 2009 at 8:58 pm

My cousins and I caught the 5:30pm show of the new Star Trek movie. I can’t believe they sold out all shows and then added a later and earlier show! Surprisingly, the audience make up was older, which seemed to go against the filmmakers intention of making this the most accessible of the Treks. Comparing this viewing to the DLP THX Annapolis showing, I have to give my preference to the latter. This venue’s sound system lacks a deep bass that literally adds punch to scenes involving hand to hand fighting. The thuds were dull here and sorely missing was a good theater shaking during the climax. On the other hand, the screen’s larger size draws one into the action but is not enough to sustain given the sound system’s lack of ooomph.

MovieTix86 on May 4, 2009 at 7:39 pm

The patrons at this theater can be a mixed bag. At a sold out IMAX screening of Watchmen, the patrons were actually quite friendly and well-behaved. They moved to the center to make more room and some even helped save seats if someone had to step out.

On the other hand, at a regular 35 mm screening of Watchmen, a woman in the back of the auditorium laughed loudly during scenes that were not that funny and the woman sitting directly behind me kept talking to herself during the movie. These people were not teenagers/young adults either, they were middle-aged people.

Giles on February 9, 2009 at 10:22 am

I have to say even though the theatres are nice, the clientele aren’t. The last movie I saw there; 2005’s ‘Exorcism of Emily Rose’ was my last, to say the teenagers were extremely rude and disruptive is an understatement – a near melee almost ensued when several audience members got sick and tired of some kids that wouldn’t shut up, expletives were said and it got somewhat ugly.

MovieTix86 on January 25, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Showtimes are now listed on Fandango and other ticketing sites. However, the official ticketing site ( is still down. So tickets cannot be pre-ordered at the moment. If anyone goes to the theater, please report back on whether it is open.

JodarMovieFan on January 24, 2009 at 11:07 am

i googled the news section for this venue and nothing comes up except for the fact Batman Returns was reissued for another run in the IMAX and IMAX-lite-DLP theaters like this one. Perhaps it was just an electrical fire and did not effect the theaters but still requires an entire shut down to effect repairs. Hopefully, it’ll be up and running soon. Someone should post news on its reopening when possible.

macknalan on January 24, 2009 at 10:06 am

I was in the theater that day before it cleared out. The fire alarm went off and the movie screens went blank and a voice came over the loud speaker instructing everyone to leave. I didn’t see any fire, and I’m still not sure what set it off, but heading out of the theater I noticed that the sprinkler system was going off in the box office and flooding it with water. They weren’t issuing free passes to the patrons outside, they were letting everyone whose film had been interrupted know that if they brought their stubs back anytime within the next three months that they could see a film for free.

Does anyone know if the theater has opened back up? I’ve been checking movie times online for AMC Columbia 14 and there’s none listed anywhere, leading me to think it’s still closed for some reason.

MovieTix86 on January 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm

I was not able to ask any of the theater employees since none were available. However, I believe the theater was closed down for some reason. The outside of the theater in front of the box office was packed with people. The inside looked to be the complete opposite.

JodarMovieFan on January 22, 2009 at 6:57 pm

What happened, MovieTix86? It sounds like they had to shut down the theater or cancel a showing.

MovieTix86 on January 22, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Showed up to the theater today and all the patrons were standing outside. Free passes were being given out at the box office. I also saw an usher who was escorting patrons to the exit.

JodarMovieFan on December 14, 2008 at 7:03 pm

My friend and I saw The Day the Earth Stood Still film today. I was more interested in seeing the upcoming (May ‘09) Star Trek film and was not disappointed to see it in the IMAX-lite format (I’m coining it as such as its not true IMAX in its 5 story high screen). The center aisle row seat for me is the best in the house as you can stretch your legs for the show. Unfortunately, you have to deal with late coming patrons and those who need to empty their bladders walking in front of you. The presentation was first rate with the only artifacts being a blur or wavering in the 20th Century Fox logo.

With regard to my prior post and the free ticket issue, customer service was gracious enough to give me a free unrestricted pass. No questions asked. How is that for customer service? :)

JodarMovieFan on November 9, 2008 at 2:27 pm

After watching today’s viewing of Madagascar 2, at AMC Columbia 14’s IMAX Digital theater, I may have to soften my previous posts about disliking the format. Granted, the screen size is large but is not true multi-story IMAX large, it is immersive enough when movies fully fill up the screen and the digital projection is decently bright. The audience were comprised mostly of kids and their parents probably because the $9 matinee price is more palatable then the regular $13.50 price. Surrounds were okay but hard to say for sure since I sat in second row. Lacking also is a powerful subwoofer presence that I thought was there when we saw Eagle Eye a few weeks back in the same format. Let’s hope things improve from here on out.

On another note, I purchased tickets online in the event that they would sell out by the time I arrived at the box office. I did include my AMC Moviewatcher number for movie credits but they were not reflected when I retrieved them. Not sure how or why it happened, usually their system is good at capturing everything. I didn’t realize the mistake until I came home. If the numbers don’t reflect by tomorrow, I’ll pay a visit to customer service for an adjustment since at 60 points, I get a free movie pass!

JodarMovieFan on October 5, 2008 at 9:00 pm

My friend and I saw my first IMAX Digital(?) in #1. To be honest, I was disappointed after all the brouhaha about I-M-A-X coming to my local cinemas. The auditorium, itself, is no larger than some of the regular AMC theaters. The screen, itself, didn’t seem larger than 50-60' at most. The movie we saw, “Eagle Eye” was decent enough with a very clear picture, decent color and surrounds but it was masked for scope as there was space above and below the screen, not much above regular AMC’s other screens. For $13 a ticket, its too much of a premium for a less than spectacular presentation.

MovieTix86 on June 27, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Maybe I should have just gone there in the first place. It’s been a while since I’ve watched a movie there. After dinner, the last two DLP shows were no longer grayed out on – not like they were before I left this morning. So it appears they have fixed the projector.

JodarMovieFan on June 27, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Go see it at BowTie Annapolis. Their #10 is Dolby Digital Cinema and is THX cert.

MovieTix86 on June 27, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Theatre #1 is now blocked off/closed and under construction for IMAX. Planned to see WALL-E in DLP but was told that the projector was broken. Ended up seeing WALL-E in #2 (one of the large theaters), which was packed.

MovieTix86 on June 21, 2008 at 4:05 pm

There was no construction and all screens were being used. I did notice that they added 2 back surrounds in #14 where the DLP digital cinema system is installed. The speakers are larger than the side surrounds and were used during Kung Fu Panda. When I saw Iron Man in DLP format a month ago, they were not there. Since the digital IMAX system utilizes DLP projection, I’m guessing it will be in that auditorium.

Here is a picture of the IMAX poster
And an article about the IMAX digital projection system: Film Journal International

JodarMovieFan on June 20, 2008 at 9:49 pm

MovieTix, were you able to see where the construction actually is? Are they converting the exiting ones or is it a built-on addition? I’m curious as to how they are going to accomplish it at that venue since its more or less closed in.

MovieTix86 on June 20, 2008 at 9:35 pm

I just saw Kung Fu Panda in DLP here. I noticed that there is a banner hanging above the ticket counters that states “IMAX Coming Soon”. There are also IMAX posters in and around the theatre with the same “Coming Soon” message along with the AMC web site.