Mayfair Theatre

508 North Howard Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Built in 1880, today the Mayfair Theatre is another vacant theatre building in downtown Baltimore City.

It closed in April 1986, and in 1998 the roof collapsed. It is in general disrepair, but so far, the building remains standing.

Just north of the Mayfair Theatre, a small parking lot marks the spot of the Stanley Theatre, Baltimore’s once largest theatre, until it was razed in the 1960’s.

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John Bennaman.
John Bennaman. on December 1, 2011 at 11:28 pm

today the Mayfair is now listed as Baltimore’s Historical Landmark

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 20, 2012 at 7:13 pm

The Mayfair and nearby Stanton were birds of a feather in this 1963 photo: Boxoffice

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Renovations described in this 1963 trade report: Boxoffice

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on February 26, 2013 at 1:54 am

I saw EXODUS at the Mayfair in 1960 in 70mm. It was one of the worst projected films I have ever seen at any major theatre. Everytime reels were switched you heard a sound like aclap of thunder. The reel changes were rough and you missed some of the dialogue on changeover. The theatre was dirty and in some dis repair. I vowed never to go back there again and I didn’t. I was a projectionist myself at the time at NAS Anacostia in D.C. and I noticed those mistakes.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on September 11, 2013 at 6:36 pm

The old Auditorium Theatre had its grand re-opening as the modernized Mayfair on the night of January 31st, 1941. Paramount’s B&W musical comedy, “A Night at Earl Carroll’s,” was the inaugural attraction.

John Bennaman.
John Bennaman. on September 12, 2013 at 6:45 am

Tinseltoes do you by any chance have any historical programs or collections from the Auditorium or Mayfair like tickets or interior or exterior pictures of it. And if you do I would love to seeit.

John Bennaman.
John Bennaman. on September 12, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Thanks Chuck1231, I am already familiar with Kilduff’s site, btw he is giving me two Stanley Theatre programs for free and one movie ad from both the Mayfair and Stanley. But I can never seem to get a picture of the Mayfair interior or the Auditorium interior.

John Bennaman.
John Bennaman. on December 16, 2013 at 4:10 am

Today is the day of silence as we mourn the tragic loss of Peter O'Toole the famous actor who portrayed Lawrence in Lawrence Of Arabia in 1963 along with Alec Guinness and Anthony Quinn. It was on May 28th 1963 that The Maryland Film Premier Of Lawrence Of Arabia made its showing at the Mayfair Theatre on 508 North Howard St,rewired and redecorated for the premier the Mayfair had upgraded features like new tangerine red curtains,new deep red carpeting was laid and new seats were installed. R.I.P Peter O.Toole August 2nd 1932-December 15th 2013.

zenith82
zenith82 on March 5, 2014 at 12:10 am

This is another one I drive past every day shaking my head and asking myself why. I recently saw a picture of Howard Street taken in 1982 that showed every building occupied and a lot of people on the sidewalks doing their Christmas shopping. Those of you who live in or near Baltimore know that Howard Street now has a post-apocalyptic look to it, all thanks to local mismanagement.

Even though the roof is gone and the interior is totally trashed by 15 years of exposure to the elements, the walls and facade of this theater look like they might can still be saved. The later marquee that still hangs above the entrance obscures some of the original detail of the building along with the other “improvements” made to the street level over the years. There has been talk of people resurrecting this theater over the past several years, but nothing ever materialized.

John Bennaman.
John Bennaman. on March 5, 2014 at 12:24 am

I recently heard that the Maryland Historical Society informed that it became a Maryland Historic Landmark, but still no talk of restoration planned yet

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