Cinemark Towson and XD

111 East Joppa Road,
Towson, MD 21286

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The movies returned to downtown Towson in a big way Thursday July 10, 2014 with the opening of the Cinemark Towson and XD theatre and a throwback double-feature featuring the “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and the new “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” —officially opening Friday— for one price.

The 15-screen multiplex will anchor the new $85 million Towson Square entertainment center developed by the Cordish Companies and Heritage Properties on Joppa Road, just east of the Towson circle, and has eight new restaurants in the works. Not only does this represent Cinemark’s 30th anniversary, but it also represents Towson’s first commercial cineplex since the ill-fated Towson Commons 8.

The state-of-the-art Cinemark project offers four smaller, 150 to 160-seat theatres for indie, art house and foreign films, more mid-size and larger theaters, and also includes a 70-foot, floor-to-ceiling, 2D and 3D auditorium for summer and holiday blockbusters (Extreme Digital Cinema). There should be about 3,000 total seats in the theatre, if not more.

Downtown Towson has seen more than $800 million in recent private investment, including 2,600 apartments and townhomes, according to a county press release, new corporate headquarters, an expansion of the luxury shopping wing at Towson Town Center, and coming Towson Row project.

Baltimore Magazine featured Towson’s ongoing development projects in June story, “Boom Town.”

“With Cinemark’s opening at Towson Square, downtown Towson adds an exciting entertainment destination to its lively mix of shopping, restaurants, luxury apartments, townhomes and offices,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “Towson’s great demographics and central location make it a perfect fit for one of the largest movie theatre operators in the United States. We’re thrilled Cinemark chose downtown Towson to premiere its new Reserve Level concept, which includes a full bar and lounge and VIP seating.”

James Meredith, head of marketing and communications for Cinemark, said the company also plans to eventually screen concerts, Broadway musicals, sporting events, and Metropolitan Opera performances at the Towson venue. Cinemark Towson also offers reserve-level seating in five theatres. Officials predict the theatres may draw as many as 1 million moviegoers annually.

Included among the dining fare is a self-service, cafeteria-style option, complete with state-of-the-art butter stations (which has us really excited).

Contributed by Daniel Garrett Irwin

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MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on July 16, 2014 at 5:11 pm

Theatre 14 is the large-format XD auditorium on the main level and Theatre D is the XD balcony on the Reserve Level.

Like the XD auditorium in its sister theatre (Cinemark Egyptian 24), there are height surrounds on the walls and overhead surrounds in the ceiling. According to Cinemark’s press release, there are over 60 speakers in this auditorium. The XD screen looks slightly larger than the Egyptian’s XD screen. No policy trailers were shown during the XD screening of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, just the FirstLook preshow and film trailers. The Cinemark cell phone policy trailer and XD trailer were not shown after the film trailers/before the feature film.

All auditoriums have reserved seating, including those on the main level (not just the Reserve level balconies). The Reserve level has balcony seating in the five largest auditoriums.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on July 17, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Looks like they’re only doing reserved seating on the upper Reserve level balconies (VIP admission) starting this weekend. Auditoriums on the main level (standard admission) will switch to open seating.

thebrat
thebrat on July 28, 2014 at 4:15 am

It looks like the XD screen is Auro-capable. I asked the manager on the phone if an Auro system was installed, he said it was ready, but it wasn’t configured yet. When I caught the XD matinee of Lucy today, the sound had some depth to it, more so than traditional 5.1. Given that Lucy was mixed in Auro 11.1, the 11.1 track played. I noticed an added dimension of height at some moments, perhaps because I was expecting 5.1 to be played back. So it could be Auro or my mind playing tricks.

Sound system on the XD screen was really dense and really good. Barco projection was bright although there was no proper masking as expected in XD. Show playlist was FirstLook preshow, XD logo, film trailers, movie.

MovieTix86
MovieTix86 on September 21, 2014 at 4:20 am

I saw Hercules late last month in one of the standard auditoriums. It was a mid-sized auditorium (no Reserve level balcony). Although the screen is quite large (practically ceiling to floor and wall to wall), there is no masking. The scope ratio of the film and trailers were letterboxed on the screen. Unlike the Cinemark Egyptian, no policy trailers were shown, just the trailers and the feature film. I think they should show the cell phone policy trailer, especially during weekends and holidays.

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