December sees classic films return to The Senator Theatre!

Three films from 1939, “The Year of The Senator”:

Gone With The Wind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington & The Wizard of Oz @ The Senator in December

Tickets available now: Click the image, on the next page click Movie Quick Link

Tickets on sale now at


a seasonal favorite returns…

Saturdays, December 17th and 24th only
@ 10am:
Frank Capra’s
It’s A Wonderful Life
James Stewart, Donna Reed & Lionel Barrymore

Jimmy Stewart in Frank Capra's "It's A Wonderful Life"
Admission: $5 worth of canned goods at the door, to benefit GEDCO Cares

The SENATOR Theatre: Ring In The Holidays! Food Drive & Free Movie Returns

As reported by Baltimore Messenger’s, Larry Perl and now confirmed on the new SENATOR Theatre site,
a 19 year holiday tradition will continue this year at the theatre.

We are happy to report the 20th

The GEDCO CARES Food Pantry
holiday food drive
free screenings of
Frank Capra’s Heart-Warming 1946 Masterpiece

“It’s a Wonderful Life”

(1946 – 130min)

Starring: James Stewart, Donna Reed,
Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell,
Henry Travers & Beulah Bondi

Saturday, December 18th
Sunday, December 19th

Christmas Eve, December 24th
10:00 am

An angel helps a compassionate but despairing,
frustrated businessman by showing what life would
have been like if he never existed.


SENATOR Theatre: Harry Potter tickets on sale today

Advance tickets for Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010, PG-13) go on sale today.
See for details.
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows poster

SENATOR Theatre to reopen Oct 15 with 1st run films, starting with action/comedy “RED”

At a public meeting last night, Buzz and Kathleen Cusack announced that the theatre will indeed reopen to the public next Friday (October 15, 2010) as a first run movie house. The first film to screen will be “Red“, starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Mary Louise-Parker, Helen Mirren and others.

Showtimes were not announced, but can be expected to be listed on the new Senator website ( when it launches, as early as 5pm today. Ticket prices announced were $7.50 for matinees (shows starting before 6pm) and $9 for shows beginning after 6pm.

Senator Theatre outer lobby original paneling

Outer lobby paneling

In regard to renovations, the 100 or so attendees got a first-hand look (and touch) of the recently uncovered original wood paneling in the outer lobby and the likewise inner lobby ceiling mural. Sadly, the latter is covered with so many globs of adhesive (used to anchor the suspensions for the acoustic tiles that were recently removed) that it is intimated to be beyond repair.

The Cusacks, who operate The Charles Theater, also displayed plans for expected additions of a full service restaurant (on the north side, replacing  what was an addition that housed a dry-cleaners), crepe shop and a second auditorium to be attached to the south side of the theatre, along Rosebank Avenue. Current designs for the restaurant, it was noted, would find it’s facade extending approximately 8 feet toward York Road. This would mean that the sidewalk blocks commemorating Casino Royale and the premiere of Ladder 49 would be lost. However, steps are being taken to see if they can be recreated in another location. Also noted were changes to the mens & ladies lounges and restrooms to make them ADA compliant.

It was stressed that the visuals were concepts and that plans are still in the design & development phase and pending approval from the City’s CHAP as well as state and federal officials (to qualify for historic tax credits). Construction, once begun, is expected to take 9 months to 1 year to complete. However, the Cusacks state they expect to keep The Senator open during much of that time, only to close when necessary – for instance – when replacing the main auditorium seats with new, larger models.

For those who could not attend, it was said that the slideshow would be available on the new Senator website.

Meeting media coverage:

Cusacks to Announce Oct 15 Reopening for SENATOR Theatre

According to Michael Sragow, “Buzz” and daughter Kathleen Cusack will announce that Friday, October 15th as the day The Senator Theatre will reopen as a first run movie house.

The announcement is to come as part of a public “Progress Meeting”, as stated in the theatre’s marquee, slated to begin at 6:30pm. It’s also expected they will name the feature that returning Senator projectionist Bill Hewitt will exhibit to hail the reopening.

“We welcome anyone with any interest in the theater to join in our excitement as we prepare to reopen.”
-Kathleen Cusack

You can read Mr. Sragow’s full post here.

SENATOR Theatre may reopen as early as October

Excerpts from Coming Soon: New owner begins renovating historic Senator Theatre by Larry Perl, Baltimore Messenger:

Two weeks after the city approved renovation plans and a lease agreement, Cusack walked around the Senator with Hampden-based engineering consultant Michael Walkley on Aug. 27…

In addition to building a second theater and restaurants, Cusack plans to renovate the current auditorium with all new seats. He expects overall renovations, including the second theater and restaurants, to take nine months, but he plans to reopen the theater as soon as October, even while construction is going on, at the request of the city.

He said he is already looking for a first-run movie to book.

“Everybody seems to want to open it now,” Cusack said. “We’ll have to close it when we (redo) the auditorium.”

SENATOR Theatre RFP: City Changes Mind – Kiefaber & Crew Can Stay Until July 21

As reported in the Baltimore Sun, City officials have backed off the recent, sudden announcement to force Tom Kiefaber and his volunteer staff out of The Senator this Sunday (July 27, 2010).

While most media outlets painted Kiefaber’s outrage at the abrupt directive to leave as some sort of grandstanding, he was not alone in his calls of outrage to the idea that he should be ousted from the theatre so that the new tenants, Buzz and Kathleen Cusack could move in, even before the citizens of Baltimore City would know anything about the terms of the lease!

Given that the City of Baltimore won the property at auction last summer, each and every citizen has a stake in the future of The Senator (truly now The People’s Theatre in more than just name) and has the right to express their opinions and concerns regarding its future, especially if even more taxpayer funds are being considered!

Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Starts Wed @ 12:01AM (doors open @ 11:30PM Tuesday) Click the image to get advance tickets now!

Now, with the extension given, Kiefaber and crew can honor their commitment to events that had already been scheduled to take place beyond this Sunday (after all, the City did ask him to keep The Senator alive while the RFP process completed), including the opening of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, perhaps the summer’s most anticipated blockbuster film, which begins at The Senator with a midnight show (12:01AM) this Wednesday! Doors will open at 11:30PM Tuesday night and advance tickets are on sale at!
“Regular” showings of Eclipse are now listed on The Senator’s web site – tickets will be $8 (cash only) at the door.

SENATOR Theatre: Animal Collective’s ODDSAC coming!

A true physical experience, ODDSAC turns the theatre into a sensory submarine.

Join Friends of The SENATOR and Fortunes5Fifty  for the Baltimore Premiere of


A Film By

Animal Collective

Director/Writer: Danny Perez


Josh Dibb, Noah Lennox, David Portner, Brian Weitz

ODDSAC is a feature film collaboration between the band Animal Collective and filmmaker Danny Perez that was co-conceived by and stars Animal Collective, whose 2009 album “Merriweather Post Pavilion” was named album of the year by SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, and Pitchfork, and topped critic’s end of year lists worldwide. ODDSAC is a dense and surreal layering of audio and visual elements that eschews conventional narrative to create a visceral, immersive experience.

ODDSAC features an original score with new songs from the band and complex digital manipulation by Perez, a debut filmmaker and visual artist known for his concert projections with musicians such as Black Dice and Panda Bear. ODDSAC represents a new synthesis of music and film, a “visual album” whose songs will not be released in any other form. ODDSAC is the result of over four years of intense collaboration between Perez and the band.

Interview with Anco & director Perez @ Cinemablend

Collaborators Animal Collective and Danny Perez have stretched their respective artistries into a compelling visual portrayal of music and mood
Angela Zimmerman, Crawdaddy Magazine

“Utterly captivating and well worth the hour-long ride for any fan that wants a peek into the band’s creative madness”
Mike Mineo, Obscure Sound via MOG Music Network

“Both playful and terrifying, ODDSAC feels like a natural extension of Animal Collective’s work
Katey Rich, Cinemablend

“I cannot wait to get my hands on this visual album so that I may enjoy it again and again”
–Angela H. Brown,

Tickets available online now

$15 (includes admission to after-party)

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SENATOR Theatre RFP: BDC Jan 5th Public Meeting Reminder!

Updated Jan. 1, 2010 – “Each respondent will have 10 minutes to present, and then we will have Q&A for that particular proposal.  General Q&A and comments will be taken at the end of the meeting.” – Kristen Mitchell, BDC


– JANUARY 5, 2010 @ 6PM –

Join us at The SENATOR when the Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) presents
a Public Meeting on the future of the theatre!

The purpose of this meeting is to give the public the
opportunity to hear from the groups which
responded to the Senator Theatre
Request for Proposals

The Lofts at The Senator (J.R. Owens Corporation)
The Senator Theatre, LLC (James & Kathleen Cusack)
The Theatre Project PUPKIDS, Inc. (Noch-Noch Productions)
WTMD at The Senator (Senator Theatre Redevelopmentl, LLC – Towson University)


 If you have any questions regarding this meeting,
contact Kristen Mitchell at the Baltimore
Development Corporation at


Admission is FREE
Doors open at 6PM
Meeting begins at 6:30PM 

Anyone with any interest in the future of this historic landmark should attend.
Spread the word and we’ll see you there!

SENATOR Theatre: New Year’s Day Live Tributes to Pink Floyd & Neil Young!

Join us Friday, January 1st
at 8:00 pm

Friends of The Senator

A Senator Sessions Tribute to
Pink Floyd
Neil Young



ECHOES faithfully recreates the sounds and sights
of the live Pink Floyd experience.
Come hear the reverently reproduced sounds
of the Floyd with vintage guitars and synthesizers,
and an obsession for perfection.


Jeff Taylor

& The Prairie Rust Band

acoustic and electric versions of songs by legendary
songwriter Neil Young. Jeff Taylor’s vocal nuances are
similar to Young’s, and the group includes male and
female backing vocalists, acoustic and electric guitars,
pedal steel guitar, banjo, piano, organ, violin,
harmonica, bass, and drums.

Doors open – 8:00 pm
Music starts – 9:30 pm

Tickets $15 at the door

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Mark your calendar!
Join us Tuesday, January 5th at 6:00 pm

The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC)

Senator Theatre
Public Meeting

The purpose of this meeting is to give the public the
opportunity to hear from the groups which
responded to the Senator Theatre
Request for Proposals (RFP).

If you have any questions regarding this meeting,
contact Kristen Mitchell at the Baltimore
Development Corporation at 410-779-3837

Doors open – 6:00 pm
Meeting starts – 6:30 pm

Admission is Free