Embassy Theater

415 E. Baltimore Street,
Baltimore, MD 21202

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 28, 2014 at 1:05 am

Robert Kirk Headley’s Motion Picture Exhibition in Baltimore : An Illustrated History and Directory of Theaters, 1895-2004 says that Alfred Lowther Forrest was both the original architect of the Victoria Theatre in 1908 and the architect for its rebuilding in 1922.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 28, 2014 at 1:00 am

The January 8, 1910, issue of The Moving Picture World featured this brief article about the Victoria Theatre:

“PEARCE & SCHECK’S VICTORIA THEATER, BALTIMORE, MD.

“From an artistic standpoint the Victoria Theater is one of the handsomest theaters in the country. There are two floors — main floor and balcony — filled with comfortable chairs and eight beautifully decorated boxes. It is of unusually solid construction and elaborately adorned both inside and out. On the top of the building sits an enormous plaster figure that easily attracts the glance of the passerby. The auditorium and stage are fitted up with many modern conveniences. The decorations of both exterior and interior are handsome, the scheme being terra-cotta and dark green. Much additional beauty is procured by the lavish use of hundreds of electric lights. The house was designed by A. Lowther Forrest, architect. It is very commodious, having a seating capacity of 1,500, and is equipped with an unusually large stage. Mass & Co. were the builders and Henry L. Arntz was the decorator.”

London-born architect Alfred Lowther Forrest (1861-1951) designed more than a dozen theaters, most of them in Baltimore.

spectrum
spectrum on November 15, 2010 at 4:35 am

The lobby portion of the building stands but the auditorium was demolished for “what else?” – a parking lot some years ago.