McHenry Theatre

1032 Light Street,
Baltimore, MD 21230

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DavidZornig on May 12, 2018 at 10:20 am

Circa 1963 photo added of Jules Morstein Jr.

rivest266 on January 30, 2017 at 1:55 pm

This opened on May 26th, 1917. Grand opening ad in the photo section and

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hnicolella on December 6, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I was very interested to read that “The Undying Flame” was scheduled to be shown for the Last Performance at the McHenry Theater. “Undying Flame”(1917) is thought to be a lost film. It’s one of the movies I’m researching for a book on silent films. Does anyone know if the film was actually shown or who would have the print at the moment? I wrote to the Senator Theater but have not yet received a response (No doubt it would help if I had a specific person to write to). I would greatly appreciate if anyone could help me on this or point me to someone who may be of assistance. Please e mail me at Many thanks!
Henry Nicolella

kencmcintyre on September 1, 2006 at 2:41 pm

Here is an interior photo circa 1919:

BalmerGirl on April 14, 2005 at 9:20 pm

I don’t know who the original architect was on the McHenry. I can tell you who did the renovations in the 1920s — architect Oliver Birkhead Wight. He was my great-uncle. Over 15 theatre designs and/or renovations can be attributed to him. As I find out more, I will add to this site.

DanBalto on August 29, 2001 at 9:41 am

The McHenry was NOT the first high-price, first-run theatre in Baltimore…just the first in SOUTH Baltimore. It was a beautiful theatre, but was primarily a neighborhood house. The credit of first high-price/first-run would probably go to Pearce and Scheck’s Victoria, on what is now the Block, built in 1908.

RealBob on August 6, 2001 at 3:27 pm

According to Robert Headley’s out-of-print paperback book “Exit” (1974), there were no live performers at the May 26, 1917 opening. There was a feature film and 2 shorts. The McHenry was the first high-priced, first-run theatre in Baltimore.

Deena on August 6, 2001 at 7:05 am

I was wondering where I could find some information concerning more detailed information about the McHenry Theater. Like who was the first performer on stage in 1917? What was this particular theater famous for? This information would be used to organize a last benifit to the McHenry Theater before the building becomes used for office space. Thank you so much for all your help!