We’ll put this on the list of things that’ll be brighter in 2013: the long-abandoned Parkway Theatre, a once-vibrant building at the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street (more recently “the Rodney Dangerfield of Baltimore theatres“), will be getting a fancy makeover, courtesy of some local power players.
The Parkway is one of those buildings that I’ve always driven by and daydreamed about repurposing. Its central Station North location is easily accessible from many parts of the city, and it seemed a shame that the historic structure should’ve fallen into disrepair. Looks like the city was having similar thoughts; it requested proposals for renovating the theater this fall, and made its final selection last week.
The Parkway will be turned into an exhibition/education/film screening venue, courtesy the combined powers of the Maryland Film Festival, Johns Hopkins, and MICA. The schools will hold classes in the building the film fest will host screenings and events; and a restaurant and bar will provide space for live music events. Its location right next to the Annex Theatre’s new space in the former New York Fried Chicken building is further indication that Station North is on the up-and-up.
The renovation will cost $16.8 million, and there’s plenty of work to be done — check out Sun photographer Amy Davis’s shots of the theatre’s ragged interior here — but we have a feeling it’ll be worth the wait.