Four proposals for Senator Theatre
BALTIMORE, MD — The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC), currently holding the keys to the Senator, has received four proposals from developers interested in the currently closed theater. Two of them would either focus on or provide for movie showings.
Local leaders still point to the Senator as a key neighborhood asset. The BDC specified in its request for reuse proposals that the property at 5904 York Road be used primarily as a “movie theater and/or performing arts venue” and complement the nearby Belvedere Square shopping area and Govanstowne business district.
“What I’d like to see go in there is something that continues to keep the Senator Theatre the economic heart of the York-Belvedere area,” said City Councilman Bill Henry, whose district includes the theater. “It has been our anchor business.”
This article in the Daily Record provides some detail.
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I thought I read somewhere about John Cusack’s (the Senator’s competitor and owner of The Charles 5 screener) screen expansion that would gut the Senator’s main auditorium. I may be wrong or am paraphrasing incorrectly, but unless you add the screens upstairs and they would be tiny little screening room boxes, you would have to widen the main auditorium somehow but wouldn’t that violate its landmark building status? Then again, if you twinned the inside, that would also be unacceptable as well. Whatever they decide to do and it should be to show first run movies, again, they should do it soon.
The Senator SHOULD continue to show first run and second run films. Running second run films or move over films would allow to show 3 to 4 movies a month, vs one or two with first run films. Classic films or film festivals would also be a good program for the senator!