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Centre Theatre

Photo from the Charles Van Bibber collection.
10 E North Ave
Baltimore MD

Record #13856  
 Opened: February 2, 1939
 Closed: 1958
 Current Use: Church
Architectural Style(s): Streamline Moderne
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Film Centre

Information for this tour was contributed by Daniel Gibbs.

This is a really amazing theatre. It was part of a complex that included a studio theatre in addition to the main hall and the broadcasting center of WFBR radio. It was the first theatre in the city equipped for radio broadcasting in-house (other theatres had broadcast via remote before) and the first with the ability to project live television on the screen. Though the main auditorium was long ago converted to office space for the Equitable Bank (itself now long swallowed by mergers), the beautiful lobby with "heroic nudes" (according to opening-night literature) is more or less still there. The studio theatre is still there, although WFBR moved out a few years ago, and is being used as a storefront church (this section opens onto 20th street). The exterior is in fine shape; the Moderne styling has not been changed at all and the marquee is still there.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 4/13/2013.

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