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

Classic Rock Film Festival & Michael Jackson Tributes


Nightly Through Thurs., July 9th
@ The Senator Theatre

Monday, July 6th through Thursday, July 9th
at 8:00pm.

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Celebrate Independence!

Join Us This Weekend For A
Classic Rock Film Festival
& Tribute Screenings of Michael Jackson’s
Extraordinary Videos and More!

Please Note:
Schedules subject to change. Please call the day
your plan to attend to verify features and showtimes.

Friday, July 3rd

A Tribute to Michael Jackson

Tribute screenings starts at 9:30pm.

A special 90 minute bit screen presentation of 15 number
one Michael Jackson videos, including, Billie Jean and Thriller
will be presented three times throughout the weekend. Other rare
Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 footage will be run as well.


Saturday, July 4th

Classic Rock Film Festival

Yellow Submarine

Saturday, July 4th at 1:00pm


Eric Clapton


Saturday, July 4th at 2:30pm.


Crosby Stills Nash
The Acoustic Concert


Saturday, July 4th at 4:00pm.


A 90 Minute Tribute to
Michael Jackson

Saturday, July 4th at 5:30pm.


Tentatively Scheduled

Michael Jackson
“The Dangerous Tour”
Live in Bucharest

Saturday, July 4th at 7:30pm.


A Jonathan Demme Film
Stop Making Sense

The Talking Heads

Saturday, July 4th at 9:45pm.


Peter Tosh Live in Concert

Saturday, July 4th at 11:30 pm.


Sunday, July 5th

Classic Rock Film Festival Continues

Van Morrison
Live at Montreux


Sunday, July 5th at 1:00pm


Bob Dylan


Sunday, July 5th at 2:30pm.


Martin Scorcece’s
The Last Waltz

Sunday, July 5th at 7:15pm.


Led Zeppelin
Royal Albert Hall


Sunday, July 5th at 9:15pm.


Admission $5 per day
You are welcome to stay the entire day
for as many concert films as you’d like.

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Baltimore: A City of Theatres (updated) on Vimeo

Created by a group of “historic theatre nuts”, this presentation is meant to emphasize what has been lost in what was once known as “A City of Theatres” and that the fate of this city’s last historic, art deco, single-screen movie house hangs in the balance as it heads toward foreclosure auction.

The community & Friends of The Senator Theatre would still prefer to see it become the premiere multi-purpose arts, entertainment & educational venue envisioned by current owner Tom Kiefaber.

If you know any individuals or groups that agree with this vision, PLEASE have them contact Mr. Kiefaber via!

Help us spread the word – click the Share link!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Extremely Rare STAR WARS Item up for bids on eBay!

A HUGE, still in the box, unused 1997 Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition promotional display is now up for bid on eBay!

Actual item up for bid!

Actual item up for bid!

& how assembled display looks!

& how assembled display looks!

So, you Jedi, Sith, spice smugglers, droid et al., what are you waiting for?

This is your chance to own a piece of Star Wars history & help our grand movie house stay alive a while longer! Bid high. Bid often… And of course:

May The Force Be With You

And don’t forget the Movie-A-Bilia sale at the theatre! Proceeds go to:

  • Keeping the lights on
  • Continuing programming
  • Helping long-time staff who have volunteered to remain at their posts, for love of the theatre, even though there is no payroll!

A Star Is Born, Santana, The Beatles & Romero’s Zombies!

“The People’s Theatre”
5904 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212

Information Line: 410.435.8338
Call Through Line: 410.435.9892

Always call the day you plan to attend
to verify features and showtimes.

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Now Playing @ The Senator
Through Thursday, April 30th

Fate raised her to fame – and killed the man she loved!

A William A. Wellman Film


Janet Gaynor, Fredric March & Adolphe Menjou

Thursday, April 23rd showtime at 7:15pm

Friday, April 24th showtimes are: 3:30 & 7:15pm

Saturday, April 25th & Sunday, April 26th
showtimes are: 1:30, 3:30 & 7:15pm.

Monday, April 27th through Thursday, April 30th
showtimes are: 5:15 & 7:15pm.

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5

A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom,
but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic
leading man whose best days are behind him.

Click here for film information

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Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th
@ The Senator Theatre


Eric Clapton, Cee Lo, Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews,
Rob Thomas, Everlast, The Product G&B,
& Eagle Eye Cherry

Friday and Saturday only at 9:15pm.

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5
Stay over for “Night of the Living Dead”
at no additional charge.

Carlos Santana and a host of his friends perform songs from every era of his
long career, illuminating the genius of Carlos’ songwriting and guitar
playing from his immensely popular SUPERNATURAL record.

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Friday, April 24th and Saturday, April 25th
@ The Senator Theatre

They keep coming back in a bloodthirsty lust for HUMAN FLESH!

George A. Romero’s
Night of the Living Dead


Friday and Saturday only at 10:45pm.

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5

A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse.

Click here for film information

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This Saturday, April 25th & Sunday, April 26th
Back By Popular Demand For an Encore
Presentation @ The Senator Theatre

Stop worrying! HELP! is on the way!

A Richard Lester Film


The Beatles

Saturday & Sunday only at 5:30pm

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5
Stay over for “A Star is Born” at no additional charge.

Ringo finds himself the human sacrifice target of
a cult and the band must try to protect him from it.

Click here for film information

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Films & Festival This weekend @ The Senator Theatre!

Come down & support the theatre’s operations (proceeds from tickets & sale items go to keeping the lights on & longtime employees-now-volunteers for their time)!

New schedule begins Friday April 17, 2009:

The Last Season

The Life and Demolition of Memorial Stadium
(2002 – 50min)
Starts Friday, April 17th Through Thursday,
April 23rd at 6pm @ The Senator Theatre

The Silencing of the World’s Largest Outdoors Insane Asylum.

A Charles Cohen & Joseph Matthew Film

Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 6:00pm

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5 [cash only, please]
Stay over for “Divine Trash” at no extra cost.

The documentary captures the almost ritualistic reaction to the demise
of Memorial Stadium. The Film captures a steady stream of onlookers
during the year and half that the wrecking ball swung, creating a
time lapse view of a city wrestling with its blue collar past.

Click here for film information

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Divine Trash


Starts Friday, April 17th Through Thursday,
April 23rd at 7:15pm @ The Senator Theatre

Filmmakers Trophy ~ Best Documentary
At The 1998 Sundance Film Festival

A Steve Yeager Film

An In-Depth Look at The
Early Career of John Waters


“Recession Buster” Admission is $5 [cash only, please]

The life and times of Baltimore film maker and midnight movie pioneer, John Waters, Intercut with a 1972 interview of Waters are clips from his first films and recent interviews with his parents, his brother, Divine’s mom, actors and crew, other directors and more. Also included is footage of Waters making his early movies.
In sweet ways, this documentary is also a celebration of Divine (1945-1988).

Click here for film information

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Stop Making Sense

Last weekend “Stop Making Sense
rocked The Senator!

It’s The Same as it Ever Was!

This Friday, April 17th & Saturday, April 18th it’s
Back By Popular Demand For Encore Presentations
Friday & Saturday only at 9:00pm.

Relive The Senator’s legendary 1984 engagement on
the big screen, cranked up with state-of-the-art sound!

A Jonathan Demme Film


“One of the greatest rock movies ever made.”
Leonard Maltin

Edward Guthmann – San Francisco Chronicle
Wesley Morris – San Francisco Examiner

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5 [cash only, please]
Stay over for “Secret World Live” at no extra cost.

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Click here for film information

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Peter Gabriel

Secret World Live

Friday & Saturday 10:30pm

A Francois Girard Film

Come Talk to Me | Steam | Across the River | Slow Marimbas
Shaking the Tree | Blood of Eden | San Jacinto | Red Raid
Kiss That Frog | Washing of the Water | Solsbury Hill
Digging in the Dirt | Sledgehammer | Big Time
Secret World | Don’t Give Up | In Your Eyes

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5 [cash only, please]

Click here for film information

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Saturday, April 18th & Sunday, April 19th
@ The Senator Theatre

The Senator Theatre
& The Belvedere Improvement Association

The 14th Annual
Belvedere SpringFest
An Earth Day Celebration




BARAKA (an ancient Sufi word for the essence of life) took filmmakers to 24 countries on a worldwide 14 month odyssey capturing breathtaking images to tell the story of earth’s evolution, human culture diversity, and humankind’s ecological impact on the earth. BARAKA is a
stunning visual and auditory masterpiece when presented on the big screen at “Baltimore’s Premiere Showplace.”

Admission is FREE
(Donations appreciated)

12:00 – 1:00pm (SATURDAY ONLY) :
We’re “Drumming up Support” for The Senator with a one-hour drum jam.
(Bring your own drums and shakers, or use ours!)

1:00 – 2:45pm (SATURDAY & SUNDAY):
BARAKA showtime for Saturday & Sunday is 1:00pm.

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Monterey Pop

Saturday & Sunday only at 2:45pm

Filmed at the Monterey International Pop Festival

A D.A. Pennebaker Film

Performances by:
Scott McKenzie, The Mamas & The Papas, Canned Heat,
Simon & Garfunkel, Hugh Masekela, Jefferson Airplane, The Who,
Big Brother & The Holding Company, Country Joe & The Fish,
Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, Ravi Shankar & Janis Joplin

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5 [cash only, please]
Stay over to see “HELP!” at no extra cost

A documentary of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, focusing on the audience as well as performances by such artists as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin & The Who.

Click here for film information

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Featuring: The Beatles


Stop worrying! HELP! is on the way!
Saturday & Sunday only at 4:15pm

A Richard Lester Film

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5 [cash only, please]

Ringo becomes the target of human sacrifice when he puts on & can’t get off a ceremonial ring he received as a gift from a fan from an obscure cult! John, Paul & George must help him find a way to rid him of the ring before the cult leaders (Leo McKern, Eleanor Bron & John Bluthal) find him… Or the mad scientist (Victor Spinetti) & henchman (Roy Kinnear) who want the valuable ring so they can, dare I say it? Rule the world!

Click here for film information

Auction Countdown: 9 Days… Extra Special Items on Sale @ The Senator!

Get your bid in while you can!…

OR, if there’s something you REALLY must have, make them an offer they can’t refuse and the auction on that item could be over! 😉

On top of the plethora of theatre posters, movie T-shirts, programs, film reels & cans, I am listing below some of the extra special, extremely rare items you could call your own!

Please note measurements are approximate. Come see them on display!
Additional items are being brought out of storage DAILY. Visit The Senator Theatre lobby or email them at if you are looking for something specific!

There are also many unused theatrical (not video store) standee kits (cardboard display items that are meant to be free standing. They require assembly, but usually have stunning graphics).
These were in still sealed cartons (as of yesterday) unless otherwise noted. Most of these are priced as marked (sorry I neglected to note the prices):

  • War of the Worlds “Spectacular Standee”
  • Little Miss Sunshine standee part no. FE087013-9980
  • The Wizard of Oz 50th Anniversary 24-unit VHS display – carton opened, but unused parts
  • Amistad standee “Light Box Version”
  • Amistad standee “Static Version”
  • Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition Promotional Cube Stackers part no. 391014
    Open carton, I found 2 of the 3 unused cube parts inside.
  • Stardust Theatrical Standee
  • Shrek “S3 Flat Standee”
  • Titanic mini standee – open carton, unused parts
  • Death Becomes Her Lobby Standee
  • John Waters’ Cry Baby Standee
  • The Pall Bearer Standee
  • War Theatrical Standee
  • Pretty Woman Domestic Standee
  • ANTZ Theatrical Standee (Static); box indicates when assembled: 45.5″ w x 90″ h x 18″ deep
  • The King & I Theatrical Standee

And, the following jumbo size displays (some still in sealed cartons):

  • Alexander jumbo sheet
  • SCOOP banner
  • Old School bus shelter
  • Catch Me If You Can bus shelter
  • Ladder 49 bus shelter (this premiered at The Senator!)

Don’t forget that there ARE classic features being shown, including limited screenings, all for just $5 a show (cash only please).

Now Showing: More Classic Cinema & Limited Presentations

In Celebration of 70 Years of Great Entertainment Classic Cinema Has Returned to The Big Screen!

Now Playing at The Senator, Presented With
A Rare Original “I.B. Technicolor” 35mm Print

You can expect the unexpected
when they play… “Charade”

A Stanley Donen Film


Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn,
Walter Matthau & James Coburn

Daily showtimes through Thursday,
April 16th are: 3:00, 5:15 & 7:30pm.

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5

Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman is pursued by several
men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen.

Click here for film information

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Now Playing at The Senator, Presented With
A Rare Original “I.B. Technicolor” 35mm Print

Don’t Miss This Delightful Cult
Favorite For Kids of All Ages

The industry’s first full-length animated musical comedy!

A Dave Fleischer Film


Words by Frank Loesser ~ Music by Hoagy Carmichael

Saturday & Sunday only at 12:00 & 1:30pm.

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5

The happy tranquility of Buggsville is shattered when the populace
learns that a colossal skyscraper is to be built over their tiny town.

Click here for film information

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Now Playing At The Senator
By Popular Demand!

It’s The Same as it Ever Was!

Relive The Senator’s legendary 1984 engagement on
the big screen, cranked up with state-of-the-art sound!

A Jonathan Demme Film

Stop Making Sense (1984)

“One of the greatest rock movies ever made.”
Leonard Maltin

Edward Guthmann – San Francisco Chronicle
Wesley Morris – San Francisco Examiner

Friday & Saturday only at 9:30pm.

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5

An innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.

Click here for film information

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Now Playing At The Senator
By Popular Demand!

Dead Heads Spread The Word

A Jerry Garcia & Leon Gast Film
The Grateful Dead Movie


Friday & Saturday only at 11:00pm.

“Recession Buster” Admission is $5
Stay over for “The Greatful Dead Movie”
at no additional charge

The Grateful Dead performs live at
Winterland in San Francisco in October 1974

And yes, the Memorabilia Sale continues, beginning at 1pm daily!
Come see the unbelievable variety of

  • Shirts (Senator Star Wars, Independance Day, Air Force One, etc.), hats, bandannas, MGM logo jackets
  • Film reels (many with film spooled on them), film strips (including 70mm), film trailers (I saw an Indiana Jones there yesterday)
  • Promotional displays like standees (life-size Chewbacca or Gollum anyone?), 4’x6′ Millenium Falcon, & signs for Indiana Jones, John Waters films & more!
  • Tons of posters from nearly any film imaginable

You’ve got to see it to believe it (get a taste here)! Items pulled from storage daily!

Auction Countdown: 11 Days… Where are We?

That’s right. Just a little over week until First Mariner slams the gavel down and control of The Senator Theatre is handed over to… God know who. And, to whatever end suits them. Sure, the CHAP landmark designation to the exterior means the outside can’t be changed without approval and apparently they still plan to do the same to the insideWe (and Astrogirl) have covered that questionable move already.

So were are “we”?

  • The city’s Senator Theatre Strategy Group (formerly known as the “steering committee”) presented Deputy Mayor Andy Frank with their final recommendation back on March 31…
    No news from them or the Mayor’s Office since that time.
  • The Senator Community Trust has updated their site this week to give a more focused view of what they are aiming to do, but at least on the surface, it appears things didn’t come together fast enough. I hope I’m wrong, because I’ve always favored the community-based non-profit vision.
  • The Senator Theatre Memorabilia Sale is in full swing with additional items being dusted off and seeing the light of day after long storage.
    I’ve been fighting the idea that this is a “going out of business” sale or even a wake
    Tom Kiefaber has said that this should instead be viewed as celebration of the theatre’s nearly 70 years as part of the community, but this cannot be an easy thing to witness* for a man who has fought 20 years to keep the theatre from going dark.

I understand an “informational” meeting with The Senator management and The Senator Community Trust is planned for this evening and I plan to be there to see if they can offer a new hope.

*NOTES: Regarding the Baltimore Brew blog article

  1. The Memorabilia Sale is NOT intended to forestall the April 20 auction.
    Proceeds from the sale are simply to help keep the lights on (hard to have a sale in the dark), programming running and help loyal staff, for whom there is no longer a payroll (they are basically volunteering their time to keep things happening at the theatre) for as long as it is possible!
  2. The theatre has never received a grant/bailout money.
    Monies offered by the state and city governments were in the form of loans.

A/V Showroom ‘highlight’ inspired by The Senator Theatre!

Audio Indulgence, a full service custom audio and video integrator company in Daphne, Alabama is nearing completion of its new showroom.

At over 10,000 square feet it mimics a small town main street, complete with restaurants, bars and shops. Each to showcase a variety of A/V, CCTV, lighting, energy management, networking and security technologies.

However, what I found most interesting was what they describe as the “grand movie palace at the end of the street”…

That’s right! Audio Indulgence describes it as the highlight of the showroom and declares,

Out theater marquee design is based on one of the most famous theaters in the United States… The Senator Theater located in Baltimore Maryland.

They also note (right on their homepage, I might add – scroll down & look on the left side) that the situation with The Senator is dire and encourage folks to visit for ways to support efforts to save the theatre!

Kudos to Audio Indulgence for their support of The Senator!

And, thanks to Gayle for alerting us to this! 😉