Howard Theatre

115 North Howard Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Howard Theatre

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Opened as the New Pickwick Theatre in late September 1908, it was designed by Philadelphia architect Franz C. Koenig. The facade was topped by a giant face in a sunburst and illuminated by 800 incandescent lights. A large window allowed passersby to look into the projection booth.

The New Pickwick Theatre was sold at auction in October 1917 and was remodeled to the designs of Oliver B. Wight in 1920, when a new brick and terra-cotta facade was added. In March 1924 it was renamed Howard Theatre.

The Howard Theatre closed in 1985 and was converted into a Dunkin' Donuts branch, but by 2004, this had closed and the building was boarded up and unused.

Contributed by Ken Roe, Lost Memory

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randytheicon
randytheicon on May 31, 2009 at 8:10 am

The Howard was last used as an athletic-wear store, the insignia of which still remains.

spectrum
spectrum on October 4, 2010 at 6:28 am

As of October 2010, the building is still there, with the gate closed, vacant.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 22, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Just added a 1975 photo.

Delfan1961
Delfan1961 on October 3, 2014 at 4:16 am

The Howard was downtown’s “neighborhood” theater, in my day, showing films that had already had their first run in the months or years before. I saw many films at The Howard in the 50s and 60s.

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