1563 N. Fulton Avenue,
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Architects: Francis E. Tormey
Styles: Italian Renaissance
Previous Names: Gertrude McCoy Theatre
Located in the Easterwood neighborhood. The Gertrude McCoy Theatre was opened October 30, 1915, named after the silent film actress. Apparently she had fallen out of fashion by 1927 as the name was changed to the Fulton Theatre that year.
The Fulton Theatre closed on March 2, 1952 and was standing for many years and was in great shape. The Fulton Theatre was a great example of early movie house design, with the front façade as a giant arch flanked on each side by Ionic pillars.
The old Fulton Theatre still has the supports for the vertical marquee. The theatre was converted into a food market, but like as many other Baltimore theatres, since 1973 it was being used as a church.
Above the old marquee and along the top of the theatre the heads of the lions and gothic figures still remained intact. Following a fire in 2007, the roof collapsed and the building became a derelict wreck. It was demolished in February 2017.
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Here are about sixty photos of a fire in July, but it wasn’t clear to me if the fire was in 2007 or 2008. In any event, the current status of the building is in question.
Here is a 1987 photo:
Here is a more recent photo:
Google street view of August 2012 shows the building still standing.(Barely)
I drive past this old theater at least once a week. The walls are still standing, but she’s in ruins, well past the point of restoration. The roof collapsed a couple of years ago, no doubt weakened by the fire of 2007. Never heard anyone mention what caused the fire that destroyed this once beautiful building. The columns and some of the trim remain on the facade and might be salvageable, but that’s about it.
Opened on October 30th, 1915
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