If you grew up in or around Pikesville between the late 1930s and the mid-1980s, chances are you fondly recall catching the latest blockbuster at a matinee or weekend screening at the historic Pikes Theatre.

The Pikes operated from 1938 to 1984, and then reopened briefly from 2013 to 2016. When it closed a second time, the community lost a neighborhood gem.

On March 7, the theater reopened (again) as NextAct Cinema at The Pikes. For this incarnation, the 3,000-square-foot facility has reinvented itself as an “independent boutique theater” with two intimate auditoriums, digital audio and projection, reserved seats, in-theater dining and more.

The theater recently underwent extensive renovations, designed by Levin/Brown Architects and executed by American Contracting, to yield a modern, upscale look.

Enhancements include new in-theater seating and screens, new (and relocated) bathrooms, a new concession area with digital menu screens, and the addition of a lobby bar decorated with a full glass mirror and movie-themed canvas posters.

While seated, guests can order red/white wine, domestic/imported beer or a soft drink; artisanal popcorn; candy, and/or a gourmet meal prepared by the adjacent Pikes Cinema Bar and Grill, and have it delivered by the theater’s waiting staff.

The theater will offer a variety of options, including new releases, foreign language films, afternoon showings of children’s movies and themed movie events.

Get an inside look of the theater and its amenities above.