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You can work on your abs today in what used to be the AMC Theaters on York Road, but it was your seat that got the work out.
Towson's last movie house never had the plush stadium seating of its competitors and it finally had to close its doors three years ago.
The new Cinemark complex, opened Thursday in Towson, includes an extreme digital or "XD" auditorium that takes movie watching to a whole new level. XD is Cinemark's in-house brand of high-definition cinemar, comparable to IMAX.
"It has an enormous 70-foot screen that's wall to wall, ceiling to floor,” said Marketing Vice President James Meredith, “We have over 70 speakers in this auditorium as well---speakers on the walls, behind the screen, behind you in the back and even in the ceiling. So when you're coming to see a big blockbuster movie like Tranformers or Planet of the Apes, this is the environment that you really need to enjoy that movie in."
Also featured is a dinner menu, a full bar and a reserve section that comes with its own private balcony entrance, rocker-style seats and swivel tables.
The complex also has a neighboring 850-space parking garage that will cost movie goers two bucks for four hours if they want to skip searching for street parking in the busy business district.
For those who live in Towson who have grown tired of driving to other communities to catch a flick, it's like a dream come true.
"I either got in the car with someone who had a lift,” said Joe Gallagher, “Sometimes The Senator, sometimes the Rotunda, more often the Charles were my favorites, but this will be really nice."
"White Marsh, I was going at first,” said Mike Wees, “and then I heard about this place and I was like, 'Wow! I can come here to Towson cause it's 15 minutes from my home.'"
Cinemark also will show family, art and independent movies as well as alternative content like musicals, operas and sporting events.
Ultimately, eight new restaurants will open around it as part of the Towson Square Center.