From the news desks…

Additional: Rotunda Cinemateque will not re-open

B’more art community hit hard by stormy economy
“But perhaps the most palpable arts-related casualty of the economy in Baltimore is the imminent demise of the longstanding Senator Theatre. …”

Baltimore filmmaker John Waters

Baltimore filmmaker John Waters

For those who wonder why John Waters doesn’t buy The Senator:

  • Frederick News Post: A date with John Waters: Filthy, but a nice guy
    The venerable Senator Theatre in North Baltimore, where Waters premiers his films, is in danger of closing and he admitted that is a little disconcerting. He’s also concerned about other losses in the new media, like newspapers”
  • Balto. Sun: Waiting to know the fate of The Senator Theatre
    Unfortunately, this isn’t Hollywood, and none of the city’s celluloid sons have ever expressed an interest in running the Senator, no matter how much they all love it. Says Waters, invoking the name of a shuttered X-rated movie house on Belair Road, “If I do anything, I would go back and open the Earle.”

Towson Univ. listener supported radio

Towson Univ. radio

The Towerlight: WTMD interested in Senator Theatre

Umm… Check me if I’m wrong, folks, but where would they get the money for this with the university system having to tighten its belt? While we’re at it, why would the community need/want a 2nd “Recher Theatre” in the area?
I’m thinking it would be a better idea if shared the multipurpose entertainment vision proposed by The Senator Community Trust and helped move that initiative forward.

Even the multiplexes having trouble?
http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/bal-mall-theater0323,0,3147046.story
Muvico sells the Arundel Mills “Egyptian” theatre to stave off foreclosure.
Admittedly a cool looking place on the surface, but still a chain. Nowhere near The Senator Theatre vibe.

Edward E. Eyring, general contractor (E. Eyring & Sons Co.), passes.
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bal-md.ob.eyring27mar27,0,5070699.story
Excerpts:

His father, Edward Eyring, headed the company from 1932 until his death in 1964. Mr. Eyring succeeded his father and operated the company until 1977, when he retired and closed the business.
In addition to convents, rectories and commercial buildings, the company built the Senator Theatre, St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church, the chapel at St. Mary’s Seminary & University on Roland Avenue, St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Chizuk Amuno.

Our condolences to the Eyring family.

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