The Senator Theatre’s fate has teetered for years like a girl playing dress up in mom’s heels. Fortunately those toting the big girl purse power are as fond of our cinematic Deco Dame as I am.
On Wednesday, the city’s Board of Estimates voted in favor of a resolution that approves $300,000 for the Senator’s restoration plans under the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development’s Community Legacy Grant.
The restoration plan that will cost over $3 million. Included the cost: three screens, bringing the theatre to a total of four screens, new seating and projection equipment.
Between a city loan and state and local incentives, the project has already received $1,300,000 for renovations.
This might raise some concerned eyebrows from people less interested in preserving an architectural and historical diva and more interested in ensuring that renovations will attract more patrons. It appears that progress is already being made in that direction.
A change has been incorporated to the Senator at its Belvedere Square location that contributes to the Charles’ success — Sofi’s Crepes. The crêperie offers another incentive for Belvedere shoppers and diners to turn the corner onto York Road for an afternoon or evening out.
Renovations are scheduled to start in April and projected to be complete by the end of 2012. The Senator has always been one of my leading lady Baltimore landmarks. Here’s hoping that this is the beginning of her big comeback.