Loew's Valencia Theatre

18 W. Lexington Street,
Baltimore, MD 21202

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In 1921, the Loew’s Century Theatre opened on W. Lexington Street between Charles Street and Cathedral Street, designed by John J. Zink, complete with a ballroom above the theatre.

Five years later, architect John Eberson was hired to convert the former ballroom space into a theater, designed in Atmospheric style, and called Loew’s Valencia Theatre, which opened on December 24, 1926 with Mae Murray in “Valencia” (A private screening had been held on the previous evening). Seating was provided on a single floor, apart from two small private boxes on each side of the projection booth.

The Loew’s Valencia Theatre was closed on May 18, 1952 (the Loew’s Century Theatre closed in early-1960), and both were razed in 1962, to make way for an office building, the Charles Center.

Contributed by Bryan

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atmos
atmos on February 8, 2005 at 2:21 am

I found some material on the Valencia which states that the theatre closed for good in 1955.

atmos
atmos on July 1, 2005 at 2:55 am

The Valencia opened on 24 December 1926 and had 1400 seats.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 15, 2005 at 6:00 am

Here are two images, the first showing the atmospheric auditorium, and the second the shared signage with Loew’s Century:
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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 5, 2010 at 12:38 pm

This theatre is not to be confused with the Loews Velencia in New York.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 9, 2010 at 11:32 am

Thats should be Queens New York.

wewinnow
wewinnow on November 2, 2010 at 7:13 am

Is this the theatre that had a sky scene showing a bird slowly moving across the ceiling?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 8, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Marcus Loew was born on this date in 1870.Happy 141th.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

The conversion of the upstairs ballroom into a cinema was done by Loew’s Theatres, which purchased control of the Century and Parkway in 1926. Loew’s then hired John Eberson to design the Valencia and to modernize the Parkway. The Century was only five years old by that time, and needed only minor refurbishing.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 31, 2013 at 1:03 pm

“Valencia” was one of the most popular songs in America in 1926, and written as a theme song for MGM’s silent feature of the same title. Which came first, the song, or the name for this theatre, is anybody’s guess. Here’s a link to one of the most famous recordings of “Valencia”:Youtube

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