Preston Theatre

1108 E. Preston Street,
Baltimore, MD 21202

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The Preston Theatre was located near the downtown area but was stil a small neighborhood theatre. Opened in 1913 seating only 366. It had a short life as a theatre since it closed in 1926. It later became a church and stands as the same today.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 9, 2005 at 1:07 am

I have forwarded amendemts to the address on this theatre.

According to the book ‘Exit’ A History of Movies in Baltimore by Robert Kirk Headley Jr. (1974), the Preston Theatre opened as the Flaming Arrow Theatre in 1913. Between 1926 and 1930 it was known as the New Preston Theatre.

It received a complete re-modelling in October 1936 and closed in 1944. After closing it was used as a furniture warehouse for many years before change of use to a church.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 29, 2011 at 12:01 am

Here’s the notice of this theater’s plans in the January 1, 1913, issue of The American Architect:

“Baltimore.—Another moving-picture and vaudeville theater will be built at 1108 East Preston St. for the Crescent Novelty Company. It will be a 1-story structure of ornamental brick. The plans have been prepared by F. E. Beall, 213 St. Paul St.”
Architect Frederick Beall is noted for the numerous row-house projects he designed during this period.

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