Tower Theatre

222 N. Charles Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201

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Tower Theatre

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The Tower Theatre, originally operated by J-F Theatres, opened on December 19, 1967, with Elizabeth Taylor in “The Comedians”. It was part of the Charles Center urban renewal project. The theater, with 605 seats, sat between two high-rise apartment buildings, and was in roughly the same location as the Century/Valencia (which were demolished for the project).

However, the Tower Theatre never really caught on, and J-F closed it circa 1977. In 1980, the space was used as local headquarters for a presidential candidate.

On March 20, 1981, the Tower Theatre reopened with an intention to present art films. That policy was a disaster, and by May the theater was running mainstream fare. The last films to play at the Tower Theatre were "Polyester" and "Rocky Horror," on June 20, 1981.

The building remained vacant until the late-1980’s when Johns Hopkins University converted it into office and classroom space. A small auditorium was part of the complex. This, too, was demolished several years ago when a new lobby linking the high-rises was built. Today, there is no visible remnant of the theater.

Contributed by Randy Brown
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