Monday, April 13, 2009

Senator Theater Continues Classic Screenings . . .

I found this story on the Baltimore Sun website yesterday about the Senator movie theater on York Road. In short this story focuses on the screenings of classic movies before the Senator is to be auctioned off on April 20th. The movie shown over the weekend was "a rarely seen animated favorite of Baltimore's own Barry Levinson and one of the liveliest, most inventive concert films of the rock era." The movie stars Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn.

"It's just absolutely charming and beautifully done," says Senator owner Tom Kiefaber, who continues to mark the coming end of his family's 70-year run as owners and operators of the North Baltimore landmark with screenings of vintage movies, many of which doubtlessly played the theater at one time. "It's from the Fleischer Studios. ... They really rivaled, and some think surpassed, what Disney was doing in the period. It's just classic."

The classic movie screenings doesn't end there. This Thursday "Charade is slated to run at the Senator through Thursday, with showtimes at 3 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m." Also included are Takin' Heads, Stop Making Sense, and The Grateful Dead. The tickets are $5 and worth every penny.

In addition to the screenings, the Senator will be selling memorabilia. Staff dig deep to find strange keepsakes to be sold to loyal fans of the Senator. With it's history, there's plenty of valuables to sell.

"We're doing our best to deal with the harsh reality that we must let go," he says, "with the hope that this extraordinary jewel of a theater will continue to evolve for another 70-year run under new ownership."

***that's my summary of the story***

I think the story could've been better if the reporter interviewed some of the people attending the screenings. I wanted to know how they felt about the closing of the Senator and also about the movies played.

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