Towson Commons 8 closing on May 15

posted by CSWalczak on May 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

TOWSON, MD — Once one of the most prestigious theaters in the greater Baltimore area, the AMC Towson Commons 8 will close on May 15. Opened in 1992 by General Cinema, the theater’s fortunes have declined along with the retail area of which it is a part.

For years the three-story shopping center at York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue has been vacant but for the movie theater, which has struggled since theaters with stadium seating opened at Hunt Valley and White Marsh. The center once housed a Borders Books & Music, a craft gallery and several restaurants.

Nancy Hafford, executive director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce, said she hoped the decision by the owner, a subsidiary of New York-based Capmark Finance Inc., would be good news for the future. While new restaurants and apartments have been opening all around Towson Commons, Hafford said, the large empty space has drained some of the life out of the center of town.

The announcement of the closing appeared in the Baltimore Sun.

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Comments (2)

moviebuff82
moviebuff82 on May 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Seems that Towson Commons has not been doing well like Clifton Commons and Bridgewater Commons in NJ, the latter having a fork and screen.

John Fink  (www.johnfinkfilms.com)
John Fink (www.johnfinkfilms.com) on May 12, 2011 at 8:52 pm

What evidence do you have that Clifton Commons and Bridgewater Commons aren’t doing well? I’m guessing Bridgewater Common’s Fork & Screen conversion came because AMC already has market saturation with the nearby Aviation 12 and they wanted to do something different at an upscale mall. Clifton Commons, also 100% digital unlike Towson Commons (did you only choose former General Cinema theaters with “commons” in their name?).

Clifton Commons seemed to be in fine shape last time I visited, fully staffed and crowded it seemed as busy as it ever was during the General Cinema days.

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