Parkway Theatre

5 W. North Avenue,
Baltimore, MD 21201

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The Parkway Theatre is located on W. North Avenue in Baltimore City, just west of Charles Street.

The 1,100-seat theatre was opened October 23, 1915 with Pauline Frederick in “Zaza”. Built by Henry W. Webb’s Northern Amusement Company. The auditorium is an almost direct copy of the auditorium of the 1913-built West End Cinema Theatre/Rialto Theatre, Coventry Street, London, England, which was seen by Henry W. Webb while on a trip to London in 1913. The Parkway Theatre was equipped with a Moller 2 manual, 15 ranks theatre organ. In 1926 it was taken over by Loew’s Inc. and they employed architect John Eberson to redecorate the theatre. The Moller organ was replaced by a Wurlitzer 2 manual, 8 ranks instrument.

The area fell on hard times and the Parkway Theatre was closed in 1977. It became a Korean Businesses Owners Assn. Headquarters in 1989, and became office space in the 1990’s, but later became 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 Parkway Theatre was reopened May 3, 2017. In addition to the original auditorium which now seats 925, two additional screens each seating 85 have been added.

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

Contributed by Thomas

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RedDawg
RedDawg on December 26, 2011 at 10:10 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 http://www.parkwaytheatre.com. Thanks so much! -RedDawg

Maximillian Genus
Maximillian Genus on March 26, 2012 at 9:53 am

RedDawg: A Balto. Sun article from Saturday was brought to my attention (http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-kelly-parkway-20120321,0,6286973.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” (http://www.examiner.com/politics-in-baltimore/bdc-to-seize-parkway-theater-on-north-avenue). In retrospect the comments as well as the article could raise an eyebrow or two.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on March 31, 2012 at 2:40 am

A recent photo essay that appeared in the Baltimore Sun.

randytheicon
randytheicon on February 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.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on November 3, 2015 at 12:58 am

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.

https://www.facebook.com/flickeringtreasures

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on December 3, 2015 at 8:36 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
randytheicon on August 17, 2016 at 8:07 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
rivest266 on January 29, 2017 at 5:52 pm

Parkway grand opening ad from October 23rd, 1915

Found on Newspapers.com

rivest266
rivest266 on February 6, 2017 at 1:37 am

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

randytheicon
randytheicon on May 4, 2017 at 11:47 am

The Parkway reopened as a movie theatre on May 3, 2017. Two 85-seat auditoriums have been added to the restored original screen. Status should be set to Open/Showing Movies.

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