TOWSON, Md. (WJZ) — New life and big business in Towson. The Cinemark movie theater opens Thursday, bringing with it many new additions to the area.

Marcus Washington explains all that’s included in the $85 million project.

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Once you are inside, you know you are in a theater like no other.

After months of looking at drawings, we now can actually see what the new Cinemark movie theater will look like in downtown Towson. Once up the stairs, guests can enjoy the self-serve food area.

“So, right on the other side of the concession stand here, we designed a butter station so the customer can decide how much butter they have on their popcorn,” said James Meredith, Cinemark.

And if that’s not your speed, try the VIP lounge–the first of its kind in any U.S. theater. And for an extra $5, you can watch a movie from the reserve level of the auditoriums.

Once you make it inside the VIP lounge, you can enjoy nice seating and plenty of leg room.

“It’s a validation of what Towson already is, as a market and as a destination. And it’s a validation equally of what it’s going to become in the future.”

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Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz says the future includes more dining, shopping and entertainment.

Within the $85 million Towson Square, you will eventually see eight restaurants in addition to the theater.

“People are going to come here not only to be entertained, but then to shop and to dine in downtown Towson,” Kamenetz said.

It’s a game-changer for the region. Once complete, businesses in Towson Square will have created nearly 900 permanent jobs.

The work to keep the area safe as they welcome more visitors has been in the works for six months.

“We’ve had regular meeting with our police department, our revenue authority dealing with parking, public works dealing with traffic, we’ve increased all of the street lighting,” said Kamenetz.

The theater opens 4 p.m. Thursday.

Downtown Towson is undergoing $800 million worth of current and future private projects that include housing, entertainment and restaurants.

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