Towson Commons Closes Its Doors For Good

TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — For almost 20 years, the movies at Towson Commons have entertained a community. Now, the eight-screen theater is closing its doors for good.

Tim Williams has more on why the venue is closing and what may go in next.

It is the last time patrons will buy tickets at the theater in Towson Commons, at least for now, and word is continuing to spread through Towson’s retail district.

Since 1992, Towson Common’s three-story shopping mall, 10-story office building and 220,000 square foot parking garage have been a focal point of the York Road corridor. Now, the theater’s Sunday closing marks the end of an era. Several reasons contributed.

“I really think the amount of the note on the property and what they had to charge for retail space, was probably one of the most key parts of the demise of that property,” said Nancy Hafford, Towson Chamber of Commerce.

“I think what really hurt Towson Commons probably was the opening of the Avenue at White Marsh,” said Councilman David Marks.

Add to that, the theater lacks the more modern stadium style seating that competing movies have. Still, convenience made it a contender.

“As a freshman we don’t have cars and this would be the only movie theater we could walk to,” said Towson University student, Amanda Allen.

Towson Commons is about a quarter-mile of retail space, but represents about 90 percent of the area’s vacancies. Current property owners say leasing this retail area will like the start of a new beginning.

“The good news is there’s an awful lot of revitalization occurring in Towson and I’m hopeful that this property will be renovated, they’ll be new tenants and it will fit into a larger master plan for Towson,” said Marks.

Some patrons would now like to see other things.

“Probably shops or maybe another movie theater; that would be convenient,” said Lindsey Deluca.

Until then, for Towson Commons, the show is over.

The new owner, Capmark, bought the property at a bankruptcy auction last month for $28.5 million.

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One Comment

  1. sheriff willie says:

    Place was a dump anyway, bad parking filthy theatre.

    1. joan says:

      SHERIFF WILLIE, YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR NAME TO JACK-ASS WILLIE.

      FOR EVERY NEWS EVENT TOPIC THAT IS ON LINE, YOUR CRAZY SENSE-LESS COMMENTS CAN BE SEEN AND ARE A WASTE OF TIME TO READ.

      WHAT IS YOUR LEVEL OF EDUCATION, PER-KINDERGARTEN !!!!!

      1. Sigh says:

        You mean pre-kindergarten, right? Spell check ftw.

      2. Williejoe says:

        Joanie toot’s , STFU.

  2. citizenconcerned says:

    Spell check “reporters”. This isn’t The Sun!

    and come on…Towson businesses have to cheering this…the outside of the Commons looked like a Baltimore city bus stop all the time. It is a college town not a frickin city hang out. Hopefully, they will clean up that area now.

    Then again TowsonTown Mall has gone downhill too. Many people hanging out…not too many people carrying around shopping bags.

  3. csr says:

    That theatre was awful. Even a few years ago, there were people being beaten up, robbed, harassed outside the building – it was terrible. I always chose to go to Hunt Valley instead of Towson Commons because of all the crime. Hopefully, they can revitalize and make this place somewhere people WANT to go once again.

  4. J says:

    That place was state of the art and held so much promise when I was little. We would get so excited about the cup holders in the seats, the pizza place outisde the theater, and the Borders downstairs. Even five or so years after it opened, the pizza place, a coffee bean shop, and the bookstore were all the Commons had to offer. I remember it being a creepy walk down the hallway to the bathrooms. You’d just pass all this white-painted drywall covering vacant retail space.

  5. rb says:

    Good riddance to that dump of a theater. A group of us went there a few years back for a late feature, and the place was infested with rodents. When we went to complain, all of the employees had already left the premises. Whatever goes up in place of that rat hotel and eyesore will be an improvement.

  6. Joe says:

    I loved that theater! It was great not jammed packed, people were always very nice it is sad to loose it!

  7. GCF says:

    And then the blacks came,always the same story. You must arm yourself to go to the mall now. Come on you bleeding heart liberals,let me have it!

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