Ocean City Today

State-of-the-art movie theatre on tap for WOC

May 17, 2018

(May 18, 2018) After a 10-year hiatus, a new state-of-the-art movie theatre is coming to White Marlin Mall in West Ocean City, according to a joint statement released by Paul Wenger, president of Flagship Premium Cinemas and Matt Mittenthal, vice president and assistant director of Asset Management at Greenberg Gibbons Commercial.

“It is with honor that Flagship Premium Cinemas reintroduces the cinematic experience to the greater Ocean City community in a whole new way,” Wenger said. “Flagship Premium Cinemas at White Marlin Mall will debut a modern, state-of-the-art theatre unrivaled by any other in the market. The new Flagship Premium Cinemas will provide the latest in upscale amenities that features plush, power-reclining chairs with ottomans and the latest in digital sound and projection. This brand new facility will have ample free parking, reserved seating, and an expanded menu that includes hot food and self-serve soda bar with free refills.”

“Paul’s vision and Flagship’s state-of-the-art concept are exactly what we have been missing in West Ocean City,” said Mittenthal whose firm opened White Marlin Mall in 1986. “We are excited to bring a cinema back to the community and we anticipate that this one will be a regional draw for our year-round residents and summer guests.”

Adding a high quality movie experience to West Ocean City is a top priority, Wenger said. It will be located in the former Michaels space. More information is available at www.whitemarlinmall.com.

While there are host of ultra-modern, high-tech amenities, the most notable features of the Flagship Premium Cinemas are the large, fully-reclining seats that are more like La-Z-Boys than standard stadium seating.

A 6-foot-tall man can stretch out fully, and still have a foot or two left between his feet and the next seat. A push of a button quietly reclines the back and extends the footrest, another push makes the seat slowly go back to an upright position. Each seat has thick, padded armrests on each side, and each armrest has a cup holder.

“The theatrical experience is still the first and the best way to go,” he said. “All of our Flagship Premium Cinemas providing motion pictures in the way they were intended to be shown by the director. The home versions cannot provide a first-run product with the best sight and sound possible.”

The market has changed dramatically over the 10-year period since the last film was shown at White Marlin Mall, Mittenthal said.

Wenger has high hopes for the new Ocean City project.

“We want to make going to the movies an exciting experience again,” he said. “We want to make our guests’ visit to the Flagship Cinemas an extra special outing for couples and families.”

White Marlin Mall is located at 12641 Ocean Gateway,  a half-mile west of Ocean City on Route 50 at Route 611 next to the Tanger Outlets.

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