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willimd commented about Rex Theatre on Nov 28, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Baltimore Sun, 28 November 2009, page 14: Obituary of Rosalyn Schecter, widow of Lois (sic) E. Schecter, previous owner of Charles, then called The Times for showing newsreels, plus the Rex in Govans (York Road area), The Roxy in East Baltimore, and the Rosalyn on Howard Street, now torn down for Maryland General Hospital use. [She became member of Maryland Board of (Movie) Censors which often blocked movies from showing at theatres like the Rex.]

willimd commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 16, 2009 at 9:01 pm

The 1947 Polk Directory lists the address as 316 N. Miami Ave. I was inside in 1956 well after the WTVJ conversion and it wasn’t much of a movie theatre. The control room and technical area was where the balcony was/would have been; this allowed the control room to overlook the studio area on the old theatre floor, and I suspect some of the other commercial space on the block was used for offices. The reception desk was where the refreshment area should have been.

willimd commented about Mayfair Theatre on Sep 7, 2009 at 3:20 pm

In the 50’s the studios of CBS radio affiliate WGBS-AM-710, a Storer station were located upstairs.

willimd commented about Miami Theatre on May 22, 2005 at 9:56 pm

Two other historical notes about the Miami. Owner Wometco also owned first Miami TV Station, WTVJ, Channel 4, and used the upper lobby for a TV studio for a while.

Also, since Wometco got all the 20th Century Fox films, they were the first to be set up for Cinemascope, including #1, The Robe.

Also, in keeping with 1940’s segration, there was a separate ticket booth on NW 1st that sold tickets to a Black only section.