Broadway Theatre

509 S. Broadway,
Baltimore, MD 21231

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Previously operated by: State Theatres Circuit (aka Rome Theaters)

Architects: Alfred Lowther Forrest, Benjamin Frank

Functions: Nightclub

Styles: Moorish

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Broadway Theatre

The Broadway Theatre was one of the big four Fells Point movie theatres, which included the Leader Theatre, Cluster Theatre and the Apex Theatre. The Broadway Theatre was opened in 1913, but was severely damaged by a fire in January 1916. It was rebuilt to the plans of architect Benjamin Frank and has a look of a medieval castle when it opened May 15, 1916. Elaborate brownstone and copper fa├žade, which was painted over over in brown and green.

When the movies ended in 1978, it became a restaurant that is doing a booming business as the Latin Palace nightclub. The neighborhood is now a lively Hispanic section of the city.

Just to see the opulence the theatre once had is worth a visit today. No mistaking that it was once a great place to see a movie.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

JackCoursey on September 1, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Here is a 2008 photo of the former Broadway Theatre

DavidZornig on March 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

Just added a 1950 poster to the Photos Section.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm

A permit to convert the ground floor of the building at 509-513 S. Broadway into a movie and vaudeville theater was granted to the Broadway Theatre Company on October 16, 1913. According to Robert Kirk Headley’s Motion Picture Exhibition in Baltimore: An Illustrated History and Directory of Theaters, 1895-2004, the architect for the conversion was Alfred Lowther Forrest.

rivest266 on January 30, 2017 at 3:23 am

Opened on May 20th, 1916 article:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 30, 2017 at 2:52 pm

The Sun article rivest266 found says that architect Benjamin Frank designed the 1916 theater that replaced the 1913 house on the site that had been ruined by fire in January, 1916.

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