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Bow Tie Cinemas appears to be closed at Reston Town Center (staff photo by Fatimah Waseem)

Just like that, Bow Tie Cinemas has left Reston Town Center, leaving Reston Association’s longest running program in limbo.

Reston Town Center owner Boston Properties confirmed last month that the movie theater chain hadn’t renewed its lease, but no firm closure date was given, beyond that it would be sometime in May.

The closure now appears to be official. No show times are listed on its website or the box office marquee, and the doors were locked today (Wednesday).

The company did not return multiple requests for comment on the last day of business. Boston Properties also did not respond to multiple requests for comment on when the company’s lease expired.

RA’s Senior Movie Day, which brings more than 100,000 patrons over the years, will be on pause, as the cinema changes theater companies.

The program begin in 1994 and is expected to resume later this year or in early 2023. RA says that roughly 315 people aged 55 and above attended the shows and enjoyed other Reston Town Center amenities after watching the movies.

Bow Tie Cinemas, which took over the theater in April 2011, will be replaced by LOOK Dine-in Cinemas, which plans to open its first location in Virginia in the last quarter of the year. The business declined to provide additional details about the theater beyond what was reported last month.

LOOK also declined to comment on whether or not it plans to continue the senior movie day tradition once the new theater opens.

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The Bow Tie Cinemas movie theater in Reston Town Center (file photo)

A dine-in theater will replace Bow Tie Cinemas in Reston Town Center.

LOOK Dine-In Cinemas plans to open its first location in Virginia in the final quarter of 2022, a company representative told FFXnow.

“The Reston theater will be fully renovated which includes adding a kitchen for the dine-in auditoriums,” Melissa Gotto, a spokesperson for the company, wrote in a statement. She added that no other details were ready for public dissemination.

The theater offers dine-in viewings, including “a complete food, beverage and cocktail menu,” according to the cinema’s website. The business describes itself as a “luxury” brand.

The Reston location would be the company’s 12th. Most of the company’s locations are in Texas and California. The only one on the East Coast is in New York.

Bow Tie Cinemas acquired the space at 11940 Market Street from Rave Cinema in 2011. Since then, moviegoers have lamented the declining state of the theater, including delayed show times and lack of maintenance.

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The movie theater is expected to close this year.

The lights are about to go dark at Reston Town Center’s longtime movie theater.

Bow Tie Cinemas did not renew its lease for this year, according to a representative for Boston Properties.

The movie theater did not return multiple requests for comment, although a source who chose to remain anonymous says the theater is expected to close some time in May.

But moviegoers have no reason to fear: Boston Properties says that another theater is coming to the town center.

“We completed a lease with a new theater operator late last year,” said Sapna Yathraj, a spokesperson for BP.

The company did not immediately release any other information and declined to comment on the name of the new theater.

Moviegoers have reported that the longtime tenant has struggled with delayed showings and maintenance issues for the past year or so.

Bow Tie Cinemas acquired the theater at Reston Town Center from Rave Cinema in 2011. The theater shuttered during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic before reopening on Memorial Day weekend in May 2021.

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