Casino Theatre

1118 Light Street,
Baltimore, MD 21230

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Wizard Theatre, 1118, Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland circa 1910

Located just south of the Inner Harbor was the Casino Theatre. It was originally named the Wizard Theater when it first opened in 1906, becoming the Brodie Theatre in 1910 and was remodeled by architect J.C. Speddon in 1912.

It was remodeled by architect A. Lowther Forrest in 1925 and a new facade in a Spanish Colonial style was added. Reopening in October 1925, it was renamed Majestic Theatre by 1927/28.

Renamed Casino Theatre from December 25, 1936, it was a popular theatre in its day with its large marquee and ornamental facade. Further renovations were carried out in 1950 and it reopened as the Beacon Theatre, closing in early-June 1957.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber, Ken Roe

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kencmcintyre on October 30, 2008 at 10:22 am

This building is for sale on loopnet, but it doesn’t look like the building in the Kilduff’s photos. Same address, though.

kencmcintyre on October 30, 2008 at 10:34 am

That’s what I saw on one of the Kilduff’s photos. I know they did some renovation, but these are two different buildings.

SOBOJOE on October 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

The facade was completely changed after a terrible fire in the early 1960’s. After the building was rebuilt it was the Pricess Shop and Kings Court until the late 1980s.

CharmaineZoe on February 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

As far as I can tell there were 4 Wizard Theatres, the first Wizard was at 315-319 N Eutaw Street, which opened in 1906. This had become Blaney’s by 1908 (Polk’s Baltimore Directory for 1908).

Next was The Wizard at 31, W. Lexington Street, this was the Picture Garden by 1912 and still so in 1920(Polk’s Baltimore Directories for 1912 & 1920).

Next came The Wizard at 1118 Light Street (listed in Polk’s as such in 1909), by 1912 (Polk’s)this was The Brodie.

And finally we had The Great Wizard at 30 W.Lexington Street, opened in October 1909 and still listed as such in Polks Directory for 1912, but by 1920 it had become The New Wizard (Polk’s again)

rkheadl on February 22, 2015 at 5:33 am

The Wizard on Eutaw Street was at 219 N. Eutaw. Blaney’s was a block north. Blaney’s opened in February 1903 as the Empire in what had been St. Mark’s Church

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