Saving Baltimore’s Senator Theatre

The up-and-down story of my hometown’s historic Senator Theatre , now centered around a scheduled bank sale of the property, is leaning toward an unhappy ending. The Facebook “Save the Senator” group, in response, is promoting last-minute efforts to raise funds and give Baltimoreans a shot at possessing a piece of Charm City cinema history.

2 Classic Films Presented With Rare Original “I.B.Technicolor” 35mm Prints

& “Recession Buster” $5 Admission (cash only)!

Cabaret (1972)
Winner of 8 Academy Awards, Including:
Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor & Best Cinematography!

Friday & Saturday: 2:00, 4:30 & 7pm
Sunday: 2:00 & 4:30pm
Click the Event link below to RSVP
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=61324188315

Horror of Dracula (1958)
The legendary Peter Cushing AND Christopher Lee in a Hammer Film classic! 3 shows only!!!

Friday & Saturday: 9:30pm
Sunday: 7pm
Click the Event link below to RSVP!
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=81147161214

AND…

Don’t miss your chance to OWN a piece of SENATOR THEATRE HISTORY!

Beginning Friday, April 3 at 1pm a plethora of memorabilia will go on sale:  Film posters, banners, t-shirts, standees, film reels, press books, vintage projection equipment, marquee letters, larg marquee signs & more!

Come early & often as additional items will be added in the next few weeks as lobby space permits!

The Senator Theatre
5094 York Rd
Baltimore, MD 21212

Phone: 410-435-8338
Email: info@senator.com

(If you’re not on Facebook, no worries — call or email for info or just show up.)

Make no mistake, the forecast looks cloudy, but rays of hope exist.  C. Larry Hofmeister Jr., an attorney representing the bank foreclosing on the moviehouse, tells the Baltimore Sun that the planned April 20 auction of the building can be called off if the theater’s $70,000+ mortgage debt is paid in full. Donate and/or attend the events if you can, and keep your fingers crossed. And I have dibs on the life-size cardboard cutout of Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones.

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Update:

From Friends of the Senator Theatre:
From Baltimore Sun:

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2 responses to “Saving Baltimore’s Senator Theatre

  1. First: Thanks for spreading the word!
    Second: New developments with the announcement yesterday that the city’s Strategy Group (formerly known as steering committee) has decided that the theatre could NOT exist as the hoped non-profit (largely they say because of the accrued debt). For those interested more here: http://friendsofthesenatortheatre.wordpress.com/2009/04/01/citys-strategy-group-decides-non-profit-will-not-work/

  2. Thanks for the update!

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