Grand Theatre

508 S. Conkling Street,
Baltimore, MD 21224

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One of Baltimore’s greatest old theaters, the Grand, has perhaps finally met its fate. The old theater located at 508 South Conkling Street has a green front and towers over the block. The theatre dates back to 1911 and lasted until 1985. An impressive feature to its front exterior was its stainless steel box office. The current facade and interior dates back to 1926 after a remodel. The Grand is still intact and in great shape, given it has been closed since 1985.

The library system wants to demolish this grand old lady to make way for a new regional library.

In December, 2003 the theater was demolished, though its marquee, box office and some interior features have been salvaged for future use.

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 8, 2006 at 6:53 pm

And this is a photo of the Grand when it was still a movie theater. Text with photo reads:

“Grand Theater
Conkling Street just south of Eastern Avenue
Recklessly razed
by the Enoch Pratt Free Library administration
under director Carla Hayden
despite neighborhood desire
that it be incorporated
into the Pratt’s plans to build a super branch
on the site”.

PoodleMom
PoodleMom on July 28, 2006 at 12:52 pm

Thanks so much for the photos, everyone. I was talking James Bond movies with one of my friends from PA and mentioned that my My Bond consciousness first began when my family saw The Spy Who Loved Me at this huge, gorgeous, old theater called The Grand. Of course, this huge wave of nostalgia for the old theater immediately rushed over me and I began thinking about all of the movies I saw there over the years, like The Incredible Melting Man, Just Before Dawn, Madman, Bugs Bunny Superstar, Scars of Dracula (prob. the first R film I saw w/ my Dad, sister and brother), Zoltan (my mother covered my younger brother’s eyes whenever an actress went topless), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (when it was a $2 theater), Dragonslayer, Yellowbeard, Alone in the Dark, The Pack (with my grandmother because she knew I loved dogs) and Never Say Never. It’s very depressing to know that the theater is gone for good.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 18, 2006 at 7:32 pm

Here is a 1956 Playbill for the Grand Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 7, 2008 at 8:28 pm

This is a photo of the Grand Theater from 1977. The address given with the photo is 400 East Baltimore Street. Which address is correct?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 7, 2008 at 10:18 pm

As the photos show a building not on a corner, an address of 400 would be very unlikely. Also, the old ad on Kilduffs page shows the address as 511 S. Conkling. Baltimore County Public Library’s page must be the one that got it wrong. It’s nice to know that L.A.’s public library isn’t the only one that attaches the wrong information to its photos.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 7, 2008 at 10:33 pm

This scan of a 1950s ad from the Ed Dobbins collection at CinemaTour also shows the address of the Grand as having been 511 S. Conkling Street. I notice that Cinema Treasures currently has it as 508 S, so that needs changing. Put the Grand back on the correct side of the street, guys!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Here are more 1985 photos:

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