Belnord Theatre

2700 Pulaski Highway,
Baltimore, MD 21224

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Belnord Theatre

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The large two story Belnord Theatre opened in 1921. It was a large neighborhood house located on the East side of Baltimore.

The Belnord closed as a movie theatre in 1965 and was converted to a supermarket and has changed hands a couple times since its conversion.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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KenRoe
KenRoe on January 8, 2005 at 11:27 am

According to the book “Exit” – A History of movies in Baltimore; by Robert Kirk Headley Jnr (1974) this was the 2nd Belnord Theatre on the site.

‘The original Belnord may have been opened by Louis Kolb and Charles Bender sometime between the summer of 1911 and 1913.

A new theatre was built on the site in 1921. The Belnord opened on 14th May 1921 with Katherine MacDonald starring in “The Beauty Market”. The architect was William O. Sparklin and it was built upon Greek lines. Seating was given as between 1,700 and 2,000. It closed in the fall of 1969'.

The Film Daily Yearbook, 1941 gives a seating capacity of 1,750. In the FDY, 1950 a seating capacity is given as 1,577.

Headers for this listing need to be changed:
Status; Closed
Style: Greek

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 8, 2005 at 12:28 pm

There are photos of the building where this former theater was located here:
http://www.kilduffs.com/BAA.html

KenRoe
KenRoe on January 8, 2005 at 1:02 pm

From the 1937 photo I have of the exterior, I would say the style was Restrained Classical. (I wish we could get the add-a-photo back up and working on the site)

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 7, 2005 at 2:18 pm

A Kimball organ Size 3/8 was installed in the Belnord Theater in 1921.

MarkA
MarkA on December 5, 2005 at 9:03 am

Lost Memory: The Free State Theater Organ Society (in Catonsville, Maryland) owns what’s left of the pipework from the organ. The console was a “straight” type console (like a Church organ) and not the “horseshoe” design.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 28, 2008 at 8:06 pm

It looks like the building was being used for music shows last year, but that place has now closed. It was called The Local Highrise.
http://tinyurl.com/6p8qk8

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 28, 2008 at 8:10 pm

The address on that website is 2706. Does that address include this building?

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 28, 2008 at 9:02 pm

I would think so, since the article mentioned that 2706 used to be the Belnord Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 29, 2008 at 7:42 am

If you look at the ad on the Kilduffs website, the address given is 2706 Philadelphia Avenue. I guess that the street was renamed. The correct address is probably 2706.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on March 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm

A monograph on Baltimore theaters that I found in the LA library has a photo of the Belnord circa 1937:
http://tinyurl.com/yfg9v6t

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