114 West Lexington Street,
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The Garden Theatre opened on January 30, 1915 with a vaudeville bill. Films were soon added as part of the program. As well as the 2,700 seat theatre, it had a roof garden, decorated in a Japanese style, which was named the Jardin de Danse. When full to capacity, the entire building could accommodate 6,000 people.
It was remodeled as the New Garden Theatre in December 1927. Renamed Keith-Albee Theatre in 1928, it was shortened to Keith’s Theatre in 1930.
Dancing continued on the roof garden for several years after World War II. Keith’s Theatre was the first in Baltimore to install a new wide screen for the showing of the Alan Ladd movie “Shane” in 1953. It closed on December 3, 1955 with a stage show featuring Bill Haley and his Comets. The auditorium was demolished to build a parking garage (which has since been demolished).
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