Apex Theatre

110 S. Broadway,
Baltimore, MD 21231

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Apex Theatre

The Apex Theatre was opened July 1, 1942 with “Remember Pearl Harbor” and while it is not the most attractive theatre to settle on Broadway, it is the only one to survive. It showed X rated films from 1972 until its closing at the end of November 2013. Fells Point also had the Leader Theatre, the Broadway Theatre and the Cluster Theatre.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 20, 2005 at 11:30 am

The Film Daily Yearbook;1950 edition gives the Apex Theatre a seating capacity of 672.

mark700
mark700 on March 1, 2007 at 4:38 am

i visited two weeks ago – huge theater.

Marcel
Marcel on May 22, 2007 at 7:22 am

A great book has been published on all of Baltimores theaters, called “Motion Picture Exhibition In Baltimore” by Robert K. Headley. Borders has it. There is a great shot of the Cluster here. It’s unbelievable how many theaters Baltimore had at one time-and look at it now. The Apex must be one of the last porn theaters in the country.It doesn’t advertise in City Paper any longer-wonder if it’s closed.

randytheicon
randytheicon on June 12, 2009 at 5:38 pm

The Apex DID try showing mainstream movies, circa 1981, as a bargain house. That didn’t last very long, and they went back to smut.

Chuck, that 7-Eleven has been there for at least 25 years.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 10, 2015 at 2:34 pm

In 1941, the owners of the Apex were in a clearance dispute with Loew’s, as reported in the July 18 issue of The Film Daily:

“K-B Arbitration Hearing Under Way in Washington

“Washington Bureau of THE FILM DAILY

“Washington — Arbitration case of K-B Amusement Co., Washington, against Loew’s, Inc. got under way here yesterday, with routine testimony setting the stage for major arguments to come. The K-B Company is contending against clearance the Calvert and Uptown theaters over its Apex Theater, in the same neighborhood.

“James V. Hayes and Robert Sher, former D of J attorneys who worked on the New York consent decree represent K-B Amusement Co. C. Stanley Thompson is attorney for Loew’s while Warner Brothers, an intervenor in case, is represented by Howard Levinson and Harold Berkowitz.

“Apex owners contend that seven days' clearance granted nearby Calvert is unreasonable. Much of yesterday’s testimony concerned real estate values in the neighborhood. Rudolph Berger, district manager for Loew’s, also was called in to testify.”

The K-B Amusement Company was a partnership of Fred S. Kogod and Max Burka. They controlled several theaters in the greater Washington D.C. region.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 23, 2018 at 6:03 pm

1956 photo added credit William McCully. Some sources indicate “Liane, Jungle Goddess” had it’s U.S. release in 1959.

RickB
RickB on December 24, 2018 at 4:49 am

“Liane” was in general release in the Baltimore area in the summer and fall of 1958, but I don’t find it at the Apex during that period. Per the Baltimore Sun listings the double bill on the marquee in the photo played the Apex December 25-27, 1962.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 24, 2018 at 7:17 am

Thank you for updating the photo.

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