Dunbar Theatre

619 North Central Avenue,
Baltimore, MD 21205

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Dunbar Theatre

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The Dunbar Theatre claimed to be the first African-American owned theatre to operate in Baltimore. Designed by Callis & Callis it opened on November 22, 1916. It was enlarged in November 1923 to the plans of Oliver B. Wright & E.A. Lockhart to give a seating capacity of 500. Remodeled again in 1929 to the plans of J.F. Dusman and the seating capacity was increased to 944. It became the first African-American theatre in Baltimore to install both Vitaphone and Movietone sound systems.

A serious fire practically destroyed the Dunbar Theatre in June 1945. It was rebuilt in the summer of 1946, reopening on July 5. It was purchased by the city in 1957 and was closed and demolished in 1958. A housing project was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Lost Memory
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