Senator Theatre

5904 York Road,
Baltimore, MD 21212

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MSC77 on May 12, 2018 at 10:41 am

New article out on Baltimore’s large format and roadshow history. The Senator and other Baltimore cinemas receive plenty of coverage in the piece.

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Life's Too Short on January 19, 2016 at 5:01 am

Seems like there was considerable drama going on a few years ago, regarding the theater’s future. I’m glad to see it survived to write another chapter.

moviebuff82 on April 28, 2015 at 12:06 pm what a shame….

Mikeoaklandpark on October 27, 2013 at 8:30 am

Any new photos of the theater and inside? Did they keep the screen, curtains and marquee?

Giles on October 15, 2013 at 6:48 pm

reopened on October 10 with a 35mm screening of ‘Hairspray’ with director John Waters in attendance.

Mikeoaklandpark on August 22, 2013 at 7:40 am

Looking at the pictures from the paper I hope they are not removing the marquee.

JodarMovieFan on August 20, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Grand reopening on Oct 10! Hooray!

JodarMovieFan on July 22, 2013 at 10:10 am

I just read that, Tinsel. A possible August opening? If you read further back on the facebook page, they had hoped for a late May opening. I’m optimistic the place will at least look good if it is at least 2/3 as good as the AFI Silver. Now those little itty bitty screening room-sized auditoriums make me wonder how much sound bleed there is going to be either going in or out from the other rooms.

It reminds me of when DC’s MacArthur was triplexed. They made two smaller theaters out of the bowed out parts of the original and even had little balconies! What was decent about that remodel, too, was the dropping and rising curtains between the shows.

HowardBHaas on March 17, 2013 at 5:34 am

JodarMovieFan, the Facebook group with prior owner has recently commented, that’s where I read of planned May reopening which they mentioned (and so I amended the Intro above).

Giles on March 16, 2013 at 8:33 pm

the only way they could compete with the other spangly new theaters would be to have state of the art 4K DLP digital projection and 7.1 surround sound. Will the main theater feature 35mm/70mm/Digital projection?

JodarMovieFan on March 16, 2013 at 7:59 pm

There’s thesenatortheatre and true friends of the senator on Facebook. The truefriends facebook page seems more aligned with the previous owner and the group organized to save the theater prior to its ownership transfer. There has been no comments since Nov 2012.

The other facebook page appears to be the one run by the current owners, as there are about 11 pics posted on the renovation.

I wished they could have enlarged the screen from 40, to say 60'. Nostalgia sentiments aside, it doesn’t compete with the IMAX-lite auditoriums, although the sound system they had was killer nevertheless. Digital projection should be excellent here.

Giles on March 16, 2013 at 8:50 am

so which facebook is which? there’s one listed as Senator theater and one as ‘True Friends of the Senator’

HowardBHaas on March 15, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Although I didn’t add my name to the cluster of contributors to the Intro above, I wrote the language that says 3 auditoriums are being ADDED in addition to the original auditorium. No constriction whatsoever is being made on the original auditorium. Facebook has at least 2 sites, one from the prior owner, one from new owner. Both have photos.

Giles on March 15, 2013 at 11:01 am

^ oh god I hope not Mike.

Mikeoaklandpark on March 15, 2013 at 8:36 am

Are they leaving the original auditorium intact as a single screen or are they ruining it by cutting it up?

JodarMovieFan on March 14, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Upon closer inspection of the remodel schematics, the mens room appears have the same number of urinals/stalls..maybe there’s an additional one or two. With the additional screens and traffic, they have to have bigger restrooms. When the place sells out, prior to the remodel, there would be lines out the door. One or two more urinals isn’t going to help much at all.

On the other hand, there isn’t anything to show what they are doing to the upper level. Before, they had it available for private party rentals. I imagine they are keeping at least the old crying rooms for rentals. It would have been nice to have made little balconies for all the auditoriums.

RedDawg on November 27, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Bigger question: Why does the Senator’s interior, bearing little resemblance to its original appointments, listed on, and protected by Baltimore’s Historic Landmark register while the Parkway Theatre’s interior goes begging? The Parkway has much more original detail, albeit it in deplorable, but eminently restorable condition. Neither of the two development teams currently being evaluated to “restore” the Parkway are giving much indication that they plan to return the interior to its original, or even 1926 configuration. The Parkway desperately needs this additional layer of protection and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get it. See

JohnMessick on September 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

Tinseltoes..Great picture…Wonder why the inteior was changed to something bland?

HowardBHaas on August 21, 2012 at 4:40 pm

JodarMovieFan, unfortunately no, as reported by the Sun, reopening has now been postponed from 12-12 to 3-13.

Giles on August 16, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I’m really curious in knowing what the theater’s sound/digital projector system will get installed in the renovation

JodarMovieFan on August 16, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Wow. It must be tough for Mr. Kiefaber. All I’d like to say is a big thank you for the last 10 years of so of great showmanship at the Senator (‘99-'09) that I have had the privilege of experiencing. I remember the emails we received in '05 when there was the possibility that Episode 3 was not going to get booked at the Senator, but as it turned out, they got it. My posting of that has disappeared along with comments prior and a little after.. :P Even though the theater is some 50..60 mi from where I live, it was worth the trip to experience movies as opposed to watching them.

Looking forward, I’m cautiously hopeful that the remodels will be done well. We will just have to wait and see. I look forward to the grand reopening. Maybe in time for this Christmas' release of The Hobbit?

Giles on August 14, 2012 at 2:42 pm

(from the aforementioned article):

Here, in part, is one Kiefaber posted Sunday morning:

“The bevy of overlapping emotions that flow through me on a daily basis, exfoliating from a deep well of frustration and misunderstanding, are compounding as I witness a dear family loved one be torn asunder and into pieces, without anesthesia,” he wrote. “The screams haunt my days and nights. All that I can do of late at sunset, is wander the site of the day’s carnage, searching for any recognizable bits and pieces of skin and flesh, or chunks of snarled innards, respectfully collecting them each day for proper internment.”


one word: cuckoo…


I know it’s probably been noted before Jodar, but I know at one point extra subwoofers were added to the Senator’s sound system in 1998 for Roland Emmerich’s ‘Godzilla’ remake.

Don’t quote me but I think the installation of the 8-SDDS sound system debuted with ‘Episode I: The Phantom Menace’

CSWalczak on August 14, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Former operator Kiefaber arrested for trespassing and harassing workers at the Senator: View article