RCE Theaters Elizabeth City
1417 W Ehringhaus St, Elizabeth City, NC 27909, United States

Review №1

I’ve been seeing movies at this location since it was Gateway. I’ve grown up in Elizabeth City and have always enjoyed going there to see a movie. But I think we can all agree that the old theatre (Gateway) was kind of run down, not very clean, etc. The new owners have turned this theatre completely around. They have made a lot of new improvements including new (and more comfortable) seating and changing the lobby. They are also a lot more clean and friendlier. I like that they are very open and receptive to constructive criticism because they really care about their customers and making sure they have a good experience at their theatre. It doesn’t seem to be just about money for them, they are genuinely kind and want the community to enjoy their business. I feel like this attitude adds to the atmosphere and makes it more enjoyable to attend a movie here. I will continue to give my business here! Also it is very inexpensive to attend and their concessions (especially the popcorn) are very good!! I recommend this location to anyone looking to see a movie around here.

Review №2

We love this theater! They have renovated the whole place. New seats, 2 more screens, box office, counters, bathrooms, and added new snacks like nachos. Great prices, friendly staff. During COVID-19 they have curbside pickup for movie snacks at home.

Review №3

Love our little theater! Especially since the new owners came in and revamped the entire theater and added more screens. Beautiful!

Review №4

Truly enjoyed the drive in movie. Thank u for giving us something to do safely in this small town of ours.

Review №5

Everyone was super nice. Great folks other than the one man practically screaming at everyone about wearing a mask.

Review №6

I love this theater. Travis is the bomb. Everyone is always friendly and the atmosphere is awesome. Definitely recommend for an affordable family night out. You wont be disappointmented.

Review №7

They are doing the best they can with this covid situation. Well done

Review №8

You always get top quality for your dollar here!! No other theater has come close to ticket or affordable concession price. My family and I love it!!!

Review №9

We went here recently to see a movie. We went on the weekday and it was not busy. Our ticket was only $4.50 each. We did not visit the bathrooms so I cannot review that part of the theater. The movie theater is clean. The picture quality was good. The seats were OK compared to other theaters. It is worth going to this theater just for the cost savings. There is plenty of parking in front of the theater, on the side, and elsewhere. Staff is friendly and helpful. They have the best popcorn we have ever had. They offer combo packages for drinks and popcorn, etc. They have candy, sodas, and water. This theater also shows kids movies during the summer on certain days in the mornings which I think is great and they only cost $1 to go. Something easy for parents to do with their children. We are going to start going here a lot more often so we can save money (going to VA for movies and then eating is expensive) and see more movies. Looking forward to many more movies here!

Review №10

We love all the hard work and updates put into our local theater. Its clean and comfortable. Prices cant be beat!

Review №11

Awesome staff! We needed special accommodations for seating and they went above and beyond. Made sure we got into the theater and into our seats before anyone else. Thank you so much!!!

Review №12

First time stepping foot in this theater after living in the area my whole life. Went for a date night with my wife after not being on one for at least 6 months+. Tried using a gift card from very dice app and it wouldnt ring up properly. Manager was fast and prompt in assisting us and making sure everything was taken care of. Im so impressed and happy with how the night went and have got to say this has been an amazing experience. I have no problems suggesting this theater as a great place to see a movie. Thank you to everyone who worked there and made our date night the best night it could be!!!

Review №13

Well alright, wasnt expecting a personal response. For many years me and people I know avoided Gateway Cinema for being rundown, filthy, and neglected. Were super glad you guys picked it up and made it nicer, truly. Even so, when my mother and I went to watch Its A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, the entire time we could hear Frozen 2 blasting through those old walls. I hope you find a way to get around that. (And personally, I hope you add more viewing rooms in the future, having only 2 options all these decades has gotten old.)

Review №14

For being the only theater in town they have stepped up their game in the last 2 years. Working with what they got this theater has become a very comfortable environment to enjoy a movie! Thanks

Review №15

I love RCE theater. You can take your family without breaking the bank. It is clean especially since it was remodeled.

Review №16

The new owners have invested so much in to improving the theater. The new seats are wide and comfy, and widely spaced, no super squished seating here, which I love.Lots of fun events.

Review №17

I enjoyed myself tonight. The seats almost caused me to fall asleep. So comfortable the chairs were. The distribution of sound was excellent!

Review №18

The sound system in theater 3 was completely unbearable with how small the theater was. It was a good movie except for the fact the noise was so unbearable and the screen has blue dots all over it during the whole movie.

Review №19

Exceptional experience when I attended the theater last week. Clean and prompt with cheerful customer service. Will continue to support my local movie theater.

Review №20

Such a wonderful experience! Haven’t been home to good ole Elizabeth City in years. Last time I was home my memories of this place were horrific. Now that it is under new ownership I have been tremendously impressed!The Staff is polite and look quite dashing in their red bow ties!Prices are also very fair! Clean Bathrooms! Floors in the theater swept very nicely and seats not full of old popcorn. Definitely a step up! Definitely will be back with the family!

Review №21


Review №22

Nice small place to bring the family to watch a movie. Great prices!

Review №23

Recent change of ownership and remodel has proven such a good thing for a pretty run down establishment. Updated snack menu, still very affordable pricing. Popcorn is the best around here! Ticket prices, cant beat them! New seating is much more comfortable, but a little snug for my lady hips . But honestly, I cant complain. Its nice to be able to take my young child to a local theater, and try out new movies at a price that if its a disaster, (because of an antsy 5 year old) then I havent wasted $50 on a movie trip to Regal. Elizabeth City is getting a new cinema this year, but my family and I still be loyal customers to RCE Theaters, hands down.Oh! And the restrooms! Im not afraid to use them as I was before under previous ownership! Thats always a plus lol

Review №24

Current moviesAffordable ticketsConcessions fresh and costlySafe environment

Review №25

Friendly staff. More affordable for families. The updates are much more appealing.

Review №26

Movie screen, sound and quality was great, seats are entirely too high! My kids couldnt see over the tops of them and theyre 5 tall!!! Also the food and drinks are outrageously priced but i think thats normal for movie theaters.

Review №27

Polite customer service. Seats are comfortable and it was a pleasant movie day out. Definitely coming back. Big turn around from the previous owners.

Review №28

The movie was very good but the walls are thin.

Review №29

Very nice rocking seats with lots of cushion. Wide isles, and the price of the tickets are great. Two adults tickets for less than 10 dollars!

Review №30

I and my grandchildren had a very good time watching Dumbo at your theater tonight. I Love the new theater seats very comfortable!! Thank you so much for keeping your prices affordable. Also your Staff was super nice and waited on the crowd wanting popcorn candies and drinks very quickly

Review №31

Great experience prices are fantastic and unexpected. Seats are very comfortable. Lots of legroom. Clean theater clean bathrooms. Friendly staff. We are just passing through Elizabeth City On Our sailboat thought we would catch a movie. I think well go see the other movie that is playing

Review №32

First time visiting RCE Theatres since my family moved to the area 6 months ago. Initially I was not planning to attend based off of the appearance of the exterior and often desolate parking lot. Im glad I read other reviews and decided to check this place out! As other reviewers have mentioned, the ticket prices ($4.50) are extremely reasonable. Although the snacks are about the same price as a large theatre, the popcorn is excellent and they have Cheerwine! The building is clean and maintained, the seats are comfortable, and even without significant stadium seating I had no trouble seeing from the back. I look forward to utilizing this theater more in the future and am excited that I dont have to drive to Chesapeake anymore if I want to see a movie in theatres!

Review №33

I love this place. Cheap on there prices to get in and they have great snacks and play just released movies!!!

Review №34

Loved it! New seats are very comfortable, tickets are still priced low, snacks are a little higher but the popcorn is bigger. I think the movie screen has been replaced also.

Review №35

Love the new seats!! Popcorn was really good also!! Thanks for keeping the price down to where I can afford to take my family to enjoy a movie!

Review №36

Awesome customer service!!!

Review №37

The new owners have done amazing renovations to the old Gateway. Its so nice and economical to go out to the movies now. New seating, new restrooms, reasonable concessions. Highly recommend

Review №38

The theater is very good and they got new owners and it got remodeled a little bit. It did buffer that one time but they fixed that by now so Id say it is nice and plus the ticket price is very good.

Review №39

The people who work there are so friendly and informative. We love the new upgrades yet prices are still lower than any other theater in the area. The kids love the hometown feel of this theater and it makes for great family memories.

Review №40

Amazing popcorn. Also pretty cheap which is awesome!

Review №41

It is being lovingly restored and renovated. The owners should be very proud of their accomplishments here. I previously avoided this theater, but, I am happy to patronize this establishment and support these positive changes to our city.

Review №42

Overall great experience for the price. Only features 2 movies at a time but you cant beat 4.50 a ticket. Food was still pricey of course but thats anywhere

Review №43

I hadnt been to the theater in Elizabeth City since well before the change in ownership. WOW, what a wonderful change. Not only was the theater clean, it was in so much better condition than when I last visited. Add to that the staff was not only friendly but also helpful. Great Job RCE.

Review №44

Inexpensive. Just so dark in the theater. Had to cut my phone light on to find a seat. Need to invest in some lighting. Other than that its pretty cool.

Review №45

We had a great time Comfy seats

Review №46

We are able to bring the entire family here to enjoy a newly released movie and fresh popcorn without breaking the bank.

Review №47

Too small and the system setup is not cool for the concession stand.

Review №48

I grow up with this theater and I can say that it is a good place to watch a movie. Its cheap with good snacks and drinks. Comfy chairs and decent leg room. Clean bathrooms and nice people. Its also an old theater and I like old classic things so it depends if you want to go or not.

Review №49

Small town theater in the middle of EC. Small screens, broken DLP (blue pixels stuck on), sound is way too loud, seats are so-so, air was hot.

Review №50

First trip here. Nice place, well maintained. Staff was friendly and helpful. Prices were friendly too. Will gladly return.

Review №51

This is such a nice place. They have really improved the theater. My family loves going. The prices are great for a larger group of people. I hope they are around for a long time.

Review №52

The movie, pricing and service was great. My wife and i ordered the couples special which was more than enough for us. I was impressed at the renovation. Thank you new ownership!!

Review №53

We havent been to this theater in awhile since the last time we were there the sound was so low you could barely hear it-terrible. Now that they renovated the theater maybe the sound is better, although I did read one complaint about the low sound. I dont care about the inexpensive prices if the movie cant be enjoyed like it should be at a movie theater. Maybe we will give it another try soon.

Review №54

Small theater.Seats are very comfortable and concessions are inexpensive. Easy parking

Review №55

The kids and I loved the movie! Staff was nice as well.

Review №56

Movie tickets are 4.50 now. We went for the first time tonight. Very small place with two theaters. The seats are small, but comfy. Sticky floors? I thought thats how it was supposed to be at the movies ;) Cash only. But tickets are SO CHEAP. we got a decent size popcorn for $3.50. Im thankful for an affordable option. I might actually be able to take my kids to a movie without taking out a loan! Looks like they are beginning some renovations as well.

Review №57

Its a throw back. Nothing fancy, but first run movies for unbelievably affordable with friendly service. They take no credit cards. Basic and cheap. Dont expect plush modern seats. For what you pay for tickets, popcorn and a drink for one would be the same as one admission at more modern facilities.

Review №58

Me and my boyfriend always live coming here. They have very cheap tickets and the staff is always friendly.

Review №59

Its not the cleanest, not the fanciest, but its got character and great movies.

Review №60

Great atmosphere, great prices and I had a blast! Definitely loud enough

Review №61

The new owners have completely changed the reputation of the space in my eyes. The crew is very warm, the look and feel of the place is inviting and comfortable, and prices are also BOMB af (wont find a more affordable experience!!)

Review №62

JUst fix the sound so you dont have to compete with the nextdoor movie.

Review №63

Ive been going to that theater since I was a kid and Elizabeth City and I didnt know they redid the whole thing and its nice and clean and nobody was screaming during the showing and Anthony the manager was a really nice guy. I was really pleased with the appearance and the professionalism of the staff and the manager very nice humble people, I will be back!

Review №64

Very nice. Chairs very comfortable. Really liked the leg room being as I am tall and long legged.

Review №65

The only reason this theater doesnt get 5 stars is because the seats are somewhat uncomfortable, otherwise its an outstanding establishment with good prices and a really friendly staff.

Review №66

This place has come a long way from being Gateway Cinema. The new owners are doing an amazing job!

Review №67

Fine experience with great prices. Truly a theatrical treat.

Review №68

Will definitely be back. Nice, clean.Comfy seats. Fantastic ticket price. All the recent work really shows.

Review №69

Quaint theatre. Cheap ticket prices and cute vibe.

Review №70

We always enjoy seeing the latest releases in our little hometown theater! The new renovations are wonderful, the staff is friendly and helpful, and the prices cant be beat! Thanks, RCE for a fantastic family spot!

Review №71

Much improved with new owners. Seating is much more comfortable and bathrooms are newly remodeled. Prices are still much lower than other theaters. Well be back!

Review №72

Reasonable prices and 1st run movies. What could be better. Oh yeah, they completely remodeled the theater, thats what could be better.

Review №73

Floors clean. Smelled much better! Still getting used to not paying at the window ;-). The new seats for me are a bit uncomfortable. Sorry guys but my lower back wasnt happy. Ill bring a pillow next time. As always the price is still GREAT.

Review №74

Always a great family time at RCE. Travis and staff are friendly and efficient.

Review №75

Getting better. Right side bulb is still way to dim. Dark spot in lower right corner of screen. As of Jan. 13 2019.

Review №76

A real change of what it was Great job to the new owners Ill come again.

Review №77

Great prices,staff and seats..

Review №78

Great theatre with awesome staff. Love this movie theatre!!!! The owners have done an excellent job remodeling!

Review №79

I love going to see movies here when Im visiting my family.

Review №80

Very nice with the additional screens

Review №81

The theater is much cleaner than it has been in the past. Good service all the way around

Review №82

Top rated movies and new releases shown as soon as they come out. Outstanding movie prices surround sound in theaters comfortably seating .Theaters kept very clean

Review №83

Great Price for new movies

Review №84

Love the gateway special. If you are looking for a cheaper theater option, heres your place. Tickets are usually first come first serve. If you decide to come during a highly expected movie, plan on waiting outside for a longer period of time. Good place to watch current movies!

Review №85

Its always ridiculously hot in here. Better off driving an hour to Virginia and paying double the price and not have to sweat as it gets hotter throughout the movie cause of all the people in the theater. Just goto VA and enjoy yourself it tough here

Review №86

Ok so let me be clear this was my first time visiting here since 2008 and i absolutely LOVED my experience! Regal theaters in Greenville NC can kiss my money GOODBYE!! this theater has been upgraded and for the price you CANNOT beat it. Not to mention the service everyone was soo nice great place to go and catch a midday movie

Review №87

Management did not have a backbone. I had a handicapped child and the handicapped spaces inside were taken and no one would tighten up so we could sit together. One lady was kind enough to move so we could. Tisk tisk

Review №88

A good place to see a movie if you know what you want to see.

Review №89

The place was well furnished the food was good but overpriced but I understand the tickets were cheap

Review №90

No more sticky floor! Clean very presentable! Negative= i was asked to get this....have my 5 yes five children in last row watching lego cartoon to have then lower laughter/volumn or we would have to leave... said they had several complaints including me and kids a total of 6 other people in the movie.........#nexttimeibringall8kids.

Review №91

The theater has improved. The sound is awesome! And Great movie choices too!!! Come and see a great movie tonight !!!

Review №92

Volume wasnt loud enough. I could here movie on the other side.

Review №93

The upgraded seats are very nice

Review №94

Love the new remodeled theater. Very clean. The staff are ways pleasant

Review №95

I was very disappoint. They only had 2 employees working. We went to go see Jurassic World. Bad experience... they had one line jumbled up for the tickets and popcorn, not only that but the line was were the door opened up. Plus they had it roped off because there was the kids matinee playing. To top it off one of the 2 employees had to leave to pick up the theater since that show was over!! They need to hire more people.Im sure they could find people to work.

Review №96

Very clean and the people are so friendly.....4.50 any movie.......

Review №97

Best seats, snacks, and admission price!! My family goes often!

Review №98

Theater is great since the remodel and upgrade with computer technology, ATM/ Credit Card Payment, on line purchasing and printed receipts.

Review №99

The popcorn was great, the audio was great however the video was a little dark for my eyes. It seemed like there was mold on the walls or maybe they where water spots. However the entire place is underrennovations and Im sure that will be fixed shortly.

Review №100

Cheap movie theater with very nice seating allowing for great legroom.

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  • Address:1417 W Ehringhaus St, Elizabeth City, NC 27909, United States
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  • Phone:+1 252-338-3937
  • Movie theater
  • Wheelchair-accessible entrance:Yes
  • Food:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
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