The Parkway Theatre in Station North is pretty enough, but I rarely notice it, hidden as it is between the former N.Y. Fried Chicken (now Annex Theater) and the McDonald’s. But the Italian Renaissance building — which hasn’t shown films since the 1970s — may soon return to its former level of visibility on North Ave.
The city just sold the theater and two adjoining properties (including the current Annex Theater headquarters) to The Producer’s Club of Maryland — a partnership among the Maryland Film Festival, MICA, and Johns Hopkins University — for $1.
The group is planning to turn the site into a 600-seat, three-screen movie house and live-performance complex. Renovations include moving the main entrance to Charles Street, and creating space for a 100-seat restaurant.
No word yet on what’s to become of the Annex, but if all goes according to plan the reinvented Parkway could be opening in the fall of 2015, almost exactly a century after it originally opened on October 23, 1915, with a screening of Zaza.
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