Ellicott Theatre

8225 Main Street,
Ellicott City, MD 21043

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Architects: Stanislaus Russell

Functions: Retail

Previous Names: Ellicott Theatre Art Movies

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Ellicott TheatreĀ© Ellicott MD / Don Lewis / Billy Smith

The Ellicott Theatre was opened with 386 seats on July 18, 1941. It was closed in 1960. It reopened in 1970 renamed Ellicott Theatre Art Movies and closed in summer of 1971. In 1973 to 1974 it became a discotheque. It then became a store for several years.

In 1980 plans were made to re-open as a movie theatre, but it became a children’s theatre, a grocery store and a comic book store. The Ellicott Theatre was reopened as a live theatre in December 1994 and in 1995 it became a performing arts center, presenting puppet shows, plays and live music. It briefly reopenedc as an art house theatre. It was closed in 1997 and became a gift store.

Contributed by Don Lewis / Billy Smith / Billy Holcomb

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 29, 2018 at 8:12 pm

The 400-seat Ellicott Theatre (1942 FDY seat count) probably opened in 1941. The July 3, 1941 issue of The Film Daily said that Motiograph projection and sound equipment had been installed in the Ellicott Theater, Ellicott, Md., indicating a likely opening within a month or so.

Ellicott City’s earlier movie house, the Earl (or Earle) Theatre, burned in December, 1941. I suspect insurance fraud might have been involved.

Keith1974 on August 18, 2018 at 10:35 am

It did briefly re-open as a arthouse movie theater in the mid 90s. I saw THE SECRET OF ROAN INISH and a midnight screening of DAZED AND CONFUSED there. It’s currently a knick-knack shop that only uses the lobby.

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