Grand Theatre

511 S. Conkling Street,
Baltimore, MD 21224

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One of Baltimore’s greatest old theatres, the Grand Theatre has perhaps finally met its fate. The old theatre located at 511 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 Theatre 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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Norm
Norm on February 11, 2004 at 3:05 pm

Baltimore is becoming known for the ‘sneaky after-hour demolitions’ of its historic buildings. Demolition of the Grand started between Christmas and new years. As I write this, demolition of the entire block has been completed. With the Grand went several century-old commercial buildings with interesting storefronts. One was a Little Tavern Hamburgers building from the 1930’s. It had an all porcelain enamel sided building and roof. It was still in much of its original condition. What’s next?

teecee
teecee on September 14, 2005 at 5:06 am

Photo – notice the library’s banner:
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PoodleMom
PoodleMom on July 28, 2006 at 11:52 am

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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 7, 2008 at 9:18 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 9:33 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!

Chris1982
Chris1982 on May 4, 2014 at 11:58 pm

There was a Grand Theatre at 400 E. Baltimoree from the teens thru the 1920’s. There was another Grand Theatre on South 3rd in the 1920’s.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 27, 2014 at 8:42 pm

The Grand Theatre at 400 E. Baltimore was opened around 1908 by Pearce & Schenck. Three theaters of the same name all operating at the same time could have been rather confusing, but they probably each drew their patrons primarily from nearby neighborhoods.

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