Loew's Century Theatre

18 W. Lexington Street,
Baltimore, MD 21202

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darrenparlett
darrenparlett on August 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Geez matey easy on correcting people matey

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

In the listing for Loew’s Valencia, I mentioned that Loew’s bought control of the Century and Parkway in 1926, at which time Loew’s also decided to transform the Century’s upstairs ballroom into a cinema.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 30, 2013 at 10:52 am

The Century was originally built and owned by Charles E. Whitehurst, one of the pioneer exhibitors in the Baltimore area. When he died in 1924, the Whitehurst interests were reported to include the Century, New, Garden, Parkway, and Strand. His estate had sold or leased all theatres by 1929.

Delfan1961
Delfan1961 on October 19, 2012 at 9:58 am

The biographical info, on the theater, states that it closed “during the 1950’s”. Actually, it survived until the end of 1959, or early 1960, at least. I saw at least three films there in 1959, which I was able to verify at a movie database website, which gave release dates for the films (“The Bat” with Vincent Price, and “The Hound of the Baskervilles” with Peter Cushing ; also “The Mummy” with Peter Cushing, again). The last film, I can remember seeing there, was “Journey To The Center Of The Earth” (with Pat Boone) which had it’s NYC premiere in December, 1959. This implies that the Baltimore release would have either been the same month, or in early 1960. The block in which the theater stood was razed, in 1962, for the “Charles Center”, Baltimore’s first urban renewal project during my lifetime. So far, I’ve not been able to find any info on exactly when the theater closed. My educated guess is for a 1960 closing, since I can’t recall seeing any later films there.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 3, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Great pictures of the LOEWS CENTURY.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 13, 2004 at 8:36 am

According to David Naylor’s “American Picture Palaces,” the Century Theatre first opened in 1921 and was designed by architect John J. Zink in a conventional (non-atmospheric) style. The building included a ballroom above the theatre. Five years later, John Eberson converted that ballroom into an atmospheric theatre called the Valencia. Naylor reports that “A popular joke around town in 1926 was that, paradoxically, the Valencia was both the newest and oldest theater in the city (because it was ‘over a century’).”