Parkway Theatre

5 West North Avenue,
Baltimore, MD 21201

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The Parkway Theatre currently stands vacant on West North Avenue in Baltimore City, just west of Charles Street.

The theatre was opened October 23, 1915 and was redecorated in 1926 by architect John Eberson. It operated well into the early-1980’s.

The area has fallen on hard times and the Parkway Theatre, which recently was a Korean Businesses Owners Assn. Headquarters, currently is vacant.

Plans in 2001 to save the Parkway Theatre were also unsuccessful. With an upturn in the area in recent years, in early-2013, it was announced the Parkway Theatre was to be renovated and used as a new home for the Maryland Film Festival.

The Charles Theatre, Baltimore’s ‘Art theatre’ is just around the corner on Charles Street.

Contributed by Thomas

Recent comments (view all 29 comments)

Gamble on December 2, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Its the internet. You can find anything.

RedDawg on December 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm

This message is for Joe Vogel & Chuck 1231: Guys, both of you have made some interesting comments here and I am presently working on an article about the Parkway for publication. I would like to use, with your permission, some of the detail you presented, but I would also need to know some of your source material. Since Cinema Treasures seems to have no way for members to contact other members (at least no way I have been able to discover) I would appreciate your contacting me at or through the email link on the website Thanks so much! -RedDawg

Maximillian Genus
Maximillian Genus on March 26, 2012 at 7:53 am

RedDawg: A Balto. Sun article from Saturday was brought to my attention (,0,6286973.column) this morning. It reminded me of another article about the theatre from Sept 2008 that may interest you, regarding the city taking the property from owner/renovator Charles Dodson: “BDC To Seize Parkway Theater On North Avenue” ( In retrospect the comments as well as the article could raise an eyebrow or two.

CSWalczak on March 31, 2012 at 12:40 am

A recent photo essay that appeared in the Baltimore Sun.

randytheicon on February 9, 2013 at 5:11 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.

DavidZornig on November 2, 2015 at 10:58 pm

1948 photo added courtesy of Gene Leitner.

There was a 100th birthday party for the Parkway on 10/23/15. Held across the street. Live music, food, outdoor film projections, and a chance to hear firsthand about the Maryland Film Festival’s plans to turn the Parkway into a 3-screen film center. Copy courtesy of Amy Davis. Below is her Flickering Treasures Facebook page with many more photos of the Parkway and other theatres.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on December 3, 2015 at 6:36 am

The Parkway became part of the Loew’s circuit on October 4th, 1926, the same day as the downtown Century Theatre. I’ve posted a shared ad at the CT listing for Loew’s Century.

randytheicon on August 17, 2016 at 6:07 pm

Construction continues at the Parkway site. The restaurant building to the left of the theatre has been demolished – this will be the location of three smaller theatres, which are now being built. Work continues on the interior of the Parkway, and signs advertise a spring 2017 opening.

rivest266 on January 29, 2017 at 3:52 pm

Parkway grand opening ad from October 23rd, 1915

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rivest266 on February 5, 2017 at 11:37 pm

Grand opening ad as 5 West from May 24th, 1956 can be found in the photo section.

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