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ArcLight Cinemas to Open First East Coast Location in Maryland

Bespoke theater chain plans to open its first location outside California in a Washington, D.C. suburb

ArcLight Cinemas is getting ready to raise the curtain at its first East Coast location, the company announced Tuesday.

Construction is slated to begin early next year on ArcLight's first location outside California at the Westfield Montgomery in Bethesda, Maryland, a suburb of Washington. A grand opening is set for 2014. 

A decade ago, ArcLight reinvented the bespoke movie theater — providing a mix of Hollywood blockbusters, arthouse fare and cult classics while serving gourmet food and alcohol in black-box auditoriums with reserved seating. The company currenty runs four luxury movie theaters on the West Coast.

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“We’ve created a unique experience at ArcLight Cinemas and we want to share our love of film with movie lovers across the country,” Chris Forman, CEO of ArcLight Cinemas, said in a statement. “Bethesda provides us with a great opportunity to build an ArcLight community on the East Coast and redefine the way people enjoy their movies.”