Apex Theatre

110 South Broadway,
Baltimore, MD 21231

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Apex Theatre

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The Apex Theatre was opened July 1, 1942 with “Remember Pearl Harbor”. 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.

The Apex Theatre opened on 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 that has survived.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

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RobertR
RobertR on March 4, 2005 at 4:18 pm

Here is a marquee shot

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MagicLantern
MagicLantern on April 17, 2005 at 5:37 am

The theatre and its marquee appear in John Waters' “Cecil B. Demented”.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 20, 2005 at 7:24 pm

The Apex Theatre marquee, neon lit at night:
http://flickr.com/photos/defekto/48028795/

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 20, 2005 at 7:30 pm

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

mark700
mark700 on March 1, 2007 at 12:38 pm

i visited two weeks ago – huge theater.

Marcel
Marcel on May 22, 2007 at 3:22 pm

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 13, 2009 at 1:38 am

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 9:34 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.

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