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randytheicon commented about Centre Theatre on Jan 17, 2015 at 7:08 pm

More info:

randytheicon commented about Centre Theatre on Jan 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm

The Centre is nearing renovation and will be reopened as a performing arts center, with the help of the Maryland Institute College of Art (among others). Article from three years ago:

randytheicon commented about Mayfair Theatre on Oct 16, 2014 at 6:46 pm

zenith82: The problem with Howard Street can be tied to one person: real-estate mogul “Honolulu” Harry Weinberg. He owned most of the property in downtown, but refused to develop it or even lease it to businesses. The buildings deteriorated. However, the city was afraid to press him, because it was known that he planned to bequeath his vast wealth to many hospitals. Nearly every medical center in Baltimore has a “Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Building.”

After Weinberg’s death, his estate held up the much-ballyhooed Westside development project, because they wanted their own developer instead of the one chosen by the city.

randytheicon commented about Royal Theatre on Oct 16, 2014 at 6:31 pm

The Diane/New Carver/Carver was not “behind” the Royal; it was a block north, at 1429 Pennsylvania.

I got to see one show at the Royal, and it was a great one, with Otis Redding as the headliner. This was in either the early spring or fall of 1967. We sat through the live show, then sone non-descript jungle movie, then the entire Redding show again.

randytheicon commented about Marley Station Movies on Apr 21, 2014 at 7:45 pm

This theatre will reopen in summer 2014 under the management of Horizon Cinemas, run by former J-F Theatres booker Ira Miller.

randytheicon commented about Old Greenbelt Theatre on Feb 22, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Theatre was at one time operated by the Perry family.

randytheicon commented about Marley Station theater closes on Feb 22, 2014 at 7:35 pm

Would have been 27 years in June.

randytheicon commented about Marley Station Movies on Feb 22, 2014 at 7:33 pm

UA Marley Station is CLOSED as of February 22, 2014.

randytheicon commented about Pikes Theatre on Nov 10, 2013 at 10:53 am

The Pikes has been remodeled and REOPENED as a movie theatre, with two 80-seat stadium auditoriums in the front, and a smaller diner in the rear. Reopening was on 11/01/2013; the operator is former JF Theatres booker Ira Miller, who also runs the expanded Rotunda Cinemas and Beltway Movies 6.

randytheicon commented about New Yorker Theatre on Jun 17, 2013 at 6:19 pm

“Rocky Horror” played there in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and at one time had one of the country’s longest-running engagements of the movie. The official NYC “shadowcast” performed there briefly in early 1978 after the Waverly in the Village stopped showing the movie; however, the New Yorker’s “uptown clientele” weren’t as supportive as the Village fans. The New Yorker also hosted an ongoing run of “Shock Treatment,” the sequel to “Rocky Horror,” after its opening in late 1981. The re-release of “Mary Poppins” was in summer 1980, and the movie hasn’t had a general reissue since then.

randytheicon commented about Crest Theatre on Feb 28, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Much of the auditorium area is now occupied by offices of the Maryland Motor Vehicles Administration (MVA). Small shops have been added to the area outside the southeast wall.

randytheicon commented about Carver Playhouse on Feb 28, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Known in the 1970s as the “New Carver” and run in its latter days by the same people who operated the Uptown. It ended its life as a weekends-only dollar house playing blaxploitation and kung-fu movies.

randytheicon commented about Harundale Cinema I & II on Feb 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm

Refrost, 1988 is correct. Between UA Marley and Glen Burnie Town Center, GCC couldn’t compete. I think it was a dollar house in its very last days.

Ronnie, movie theatres are ideal candidates for conversion into churches: large rooms with good acoustics and room for plenty of seating. The Harlem in west Baltimore started out as a church, became a movie house, and reverted to a church. The State on Monument St. in east Baltimore became Pastor Naomi Durant’s church, and she made few changes to the auditorium (including the seats).

randytheicon commented about Glen Burnie Towncenter 7 on Feb 28, 2013 at 5:19 pm

UA Marley Station opened on June 5, 1987. GBTC definitely opened after that.

randytheicon commented about Ritchie Cinema on Feb 28, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Ritchie was also just about the only place on Earth to play the locally-produced “Blood Circus,” a wrestling movie. After the first week the title was changed to “Wrestling Circus,” no no avail. Marley and GBTC also affected Jumpers Hole 7 down the road a ways.

randytheicon commented about Parkway Theatre on Feb 9, 2013 at 7:11 pm

The Parkway is about to be renovated and expanded as the new home of the Maryland Film Festival: Baltimore Sun article

The area surrounding the Parkway has seen a renaissance in recent years as the Station North Arts District. Numerous live-theatre groups, restaurants and clubs have opened in the area, and the Maryland Institute School for the Arts has expanded to a nearby site.

randytheicon commented about Uptown Theatre on Sep 7, 2010 at 7:56 pm

More info: The Uptown was a bargain house as early as 1970, offering “3 Big Pictures!” for 75 cents. It was open only on Sat. and Sun. The theatre had a small outer foyer, leading to a HUGE outer lobby that featured a water fountain (which had stopped functioning long before I started going there in October 1972). The outer lobby had a sweeping staircase leading upstairs.

Sometime in 1973, “Winky” (the manager) started using the pink flourescent lights that flanked the screen. The Uptown always used its screen curtains, giving its decidedly downscale audience a taste of its former grandeur.

Also by 1973, the fare was cut back to a double feature, and Sunday admission was a dollar (later extended to Saturdays).

randytheicon commented about Crest Theatre on Sep 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Update: The auditorium has been completely gutted. Iron beamwork has been built inside the auditorium, extending to the land outside of it.
The businesses in the former lobby are still open.

randytheicon commented about Rotunda Cinemas on Jul 2, 2010 at 9:35 pm

BD, you most definitely did NOT see “Empire” at the Rotunda, and it was DEFINITELY a twin. I saw “Apocalypse Now” there in December 1979, and “Mary Poppins” in summer 1980.

You might be thinking of the Hillendale on Taylor Ave., where “Empire” played in imperfectly-framed 70MM.

AS for the Rotunda, during “Poppins” there was a loud buzz in the speaker every time an idle projector was started for a reel change! (Yes, there were still twin reel-to-reel machines there.)

The current operator of the Rotunda (whose name I can’t remember) was a booker for J-F Theatres in the 1970s. He plans to add a third screen.

randytheicon commented about Hillendale Theatre on Jul 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Hillendale had the distinction of being the first Baltimore-area house to show a “Star Wars” film in 70mm (“Empire”). However, the presentation was imperfect: the ends of the picture were cut off, and if I recall, the surround speakers were placed in the CEILING.

randytheicon commented about New Theatre on May 13, 2010 at 8:45 pm

It’s gone.

The New, 1910-2010. May its memory live on.

randytheicon commented about City Cinemas Village East on May 3, 2010 at 8:47 pm

The big theatre here was the most PERFECT location for “Rocky Horror”!! The famous NYC cast made great use of the old boxes flanking the proscenium. I have numerous pics of the Halloween 1996 show, and someday I’ll scan them and post them on the web.

Unfortunately, “Rocky” was usually relegated to one of the teensy houses…

randytheicon commented about Regency Theatre on May 3, 2010 at 8:29 pm

I managed to see one program at the Regency, on 2/17/1980. It was part of the “Dancing Ladies” series, and the films were “Plisetskaya Dances” (docu about a Russian ballerina), a Martha Graham short, and one of my all-time favorites, Vanessa Redgrave in “(The Loves of) Isadora.

I traveled all the way from Baltimore to see it, and sat through everything three times. (The Redgrave flick was very rarely shown here – or anywhere.)

An interesting quirk with the Regency: you could hear the rumble of IRT express trains roaring past underneath Broadway. Added to the experience.

randytheicon commented about New Theatre on May 3, 2010 at 6:41 pm

I hope this works…I took some pics today of the New’s destruction, then resurrected my rarely-used MySpace page to create this album:

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There’s also one picture of the Howard in its current state.

randytheicon commented about Mount Holly Theatre on May 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Holly Theatre was open circa 1992-93. At that time there was a sizable stage under the screen, which was perfect for the “Rocky Horror” cast that performed there. (The shows usually sold out, despite the theatre’s rather remote location and the movie’s availability on video.)