315 West Fayette Street,
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Everyman Theatre, Baltimore (Official)
Functions: Live Theatre
Previous Names: Empire Theatre, Palace Theatre, Town Theatre
News About This Theater
- Apr 1, 2013 — "2001: A Space Odyssey" 45th Anniversary – The Cinerama Engagements
- Oct 6, 2010 — Happy 50th, "Spartacus"
- Nov 18, 2009 — Happy 50th, "Ben-Hur"
- May 8, 2009 — Remembering Cinerama (Part 30: Baltimore)
- Nov 28, 2006 — Baltimore's Town Theatre gets a new lease on life
- Mar 2, 2004 — Hippodrome Renovation Photos
Construction began on July 15, 1911 and designed in the Beaux-Arts style, the Empire Theatre was just around the corner from the Hippodrome Theatre, and has one of the more interesting histories of downtown Baltimore theatres. The 2,000-seat theatre was opened on December 25, 1911 with Barney Gerald’s “Follies of the Day”. It was renamed Palace Theatre on August 14, 1920 presenting burlesque with James E. Cooper’s “Folly Town”. After a period presenting movies, it was closed in October 1937.
It was gutted and served as a garage for ten years. In 1946 it was rebuilt with an unusual Art Moderne style motif (designed by architects John Zink and Lucius White). The new incarnation seated 1,550, and opened again as a movie house named Town Theatre on January 22, 1947. It was converted to Cinerama in 1953.
It was twinned on November 1, 1985. The Town Theatre ultimately closed in 1990, and for a time its future looked bleak, as the city’s new downtown revitalization plan called for the demolition of many older buildings located in the west downtown district.
However, the venue was saved when the Everyman Theatre troupe, a successful regional theatre, bought the building for $1, with an eye to making it their new home. In 2010 fundraising began to do a complete remodeling. The interior was in bad shape, and the building was gutted to construct a black box theatre within the shell, also providing appropriate rehearsal space. The façade was fully restored. It reopened the Fall of 2012.
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