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Sunday, April 03, 2005



You're lucky to have had the experience, Kevin. We in Baltimore lost our grand dame of silnge-screen theaters several years ago. I know there has been talk off and on of reopening, but it never seems to make it past wishful thinking. The Senator is a beautiful theatre!! I relish my memories of movies seen there, nestled in one of the theatre's plush red velvet seats…from Gone With the Wind to Beauty and the Beast. Who could miss the sidewalk squares out front; pieces of art identifying many of the shows to play there. Baltimore's answer to Hollywood's walk of fame with handprints and names immortalized in concrete. It was always an experience in full-on nostalgia: the manager would come out and intro the movie, the curtain would open revealing the massive silver screen, a cartoon short or two and maybe an old newsreel would play, then the promised movie would begin I have especially good memories of seeing the first Harry Potter there with the whole theatre decked out for the occasion!I miss the old place. I'd love to go there again. Haven't checked the status for some time (always afraid I'll find they've slated it for demolition and that would break my heart). But memories are good…at least until I won't remember I've forgotten them. ;o)

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