Rivertowne theater's opening set for April 1
Weather delays opening by several months
The movie theater at Rivertowne Commons Marketplace in Oxon Hill is set to open April 1 no joke.
The grand opening, originally slated to coincide with the 2010 holiday season, was delayed after weather disrupted the delivery of materials, including the movie screens, which had to be shipped from Chicago, said TaNika Johnson, the theater's general manager. All equipment has been delivered, Johnson said.
Rivertowne Cinemas 12 is owned by Chicago-based Spotlight Amusements, which also owns Eastpoint Movies 10 in Baltimore. Ron Rooding, Spotlight's director of operations, said the theater will seat about 3,000 people with individual screening room capacities ranging from 150 to 600. At least three of the theaters will feature stadium-style seating and 3-D capabilities, Rooding said.
The Rivertowne theater will employ a staff of up to 50, with about 90 percent of those employees local residents, Johnson said.
The theater is in a lot within The Peterson Co.'s 385,000-square-foot Rivertowne shopping center located at 6127 Oxon Hill Road. AMC once occupied the lot, but left for Alexandria, Va., in 2006 when its 20-year lease ended.
Fairfax, Va.-based Peterson thinks its new tenant can help drive up the plaza's business, a company spokesman said.