The Parkway Theatre on North Ave Is One Step Closer to Re-opening!

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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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  1. A slight clarification: the Producers Club is actually the parent organization of the Maryland Film Festival, and is not directly associated with either MICA or Hopkins, although we’re thrilled to have everyone on board to make this project happen! Thanks for the coverage!

  2. I don’t think restoring beautiful and historically significant architecture is ever a bad thing! It should be a priority and contributes greatly to economic revitalization and general pride in our city neighborhoods. Not everyone has the option or desire to ride out to the ‘burbs to catch a film, and one of those multi-plexes has the capacity to show more movies at once than all three of these treasured art houses together! I remain optimistic that this plan will enhance rather than over-saturate Baltimore’s options of cinematic enjoyment.

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