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Towson's new theater protects a somber link to town's past
Towson's new theater protects a somber link to town's past

Towson's brand-new movie palace comes with all the accouterments of modern filmgoing: 15 tiered auditoriums, floor-to-ceiling screens, leather seats, even a choice of wines. But the Cinemark theater, which opened July 10, also offers guests an unexpected sight from another age: a single, grizzled headstone from 1834. As construction crews built Towson Square, a four-acre, $85 million entertainment complex anchored by the multiplex on East Joppa Road, they worked around a tiny cemetery that holds the remains of about 18 of the town's earliest settlers. The headstone, the last one standing in a small, weed-covered parcel, is pretty much all that can be seen of Shealey Cemetery,...

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