When we moved into the area in September 2012, the Senator had been shuttered off and on for years, and though there were rumors it was going to reopen, it looked pretty desolate. I kept hoping it would reopen--because how amazing would it be to live around the corner from a gorgeous Old Hollywood-style movie theater?--while Kate tried (in vain) to keep me from getting my hopes up in case nothing came of it. About six months went by without any signs of life, and then one day, a fence went up around the side of the building. Weeks later, a ladder appeared out front, unmanned and totally alone, but still a hint that something might be coming. Weeks after that, the renovation was officially announced on the placard, and that's right about the time I got a job offer in New York. About five months after I moved, the Senator reopened, and this weekend was the first time I was able to visit. I'm really glad I got the chance to see it. I wish I'd been able to do an outfit post, but uh, moving day isn't really the time for nice clothing, vintage or otherwise.
The Senator originally opened in 1939, and it's a great example of Art Deco style. Thankfully, the renovations were aimed at preserving, not overhauling, and the main theater still retains a lot of its 30s charm.
Though it currently has three screens (one large, two smaller), the theater was built as a single-screen movie house. This beautiful gold curtain is still raised for the films presented in its main theater; unfortunately, on the day we went, it opened to reveal the Lego Movie in 3D. So. I didn't see it.
|This is from the entryway-- just gorgeous.|
|Ladies don't rest, they lounge.|
|A detail from the main theater.|
Outside, the sidewalk is filled with paved monuments of the theater's history:
And of course--
|You don't get any more "Baltimore" than that.|
I'm really happy I got to experience the Senator before we left. It felt like something we'd waited so long for, so it was a really perfect way to end our time in the neighborhood.