Flickering Treasures:

Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters

Two StudentsAmy Davis
Friday, February 21, 2020
2 – 3:30 p.m. in Buchner Hall – Alumnae/i House (Directions / Campus Map)
Registration Fee: $18

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Program Description

Travel back in time with Baltimore Sun photographer Amy Davis, as she presents a slide show lecture based on her book, Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters. More than a century of movie-going is examined through a sweeping retrospective of movie theaters in one American city, Baltimore. The contrast between the vintage black-and-white images of opulent downtown movie palaces and neighborhood theaters and Davis’ striking color photographs of these theater sites today is provocative. The impact of societal, technological and cultural change on the business of movie exhibition, in addition to role theater buildings play in an urban environment, will be addressed.

Photo, above: Two Goucher students from the Class of 1950 purchase tickets to "Joan of Arc" starring Ingrid Bergman, showing at the Town Theatre on Fayette Street, circa 1948. The Town, according to BaltimoreHeritage.org, is the only theater in Baltimore, and perhaps the country, to transition from a theater, to parking garage, and back to a theater. It is now home to the Everyman. (Courtesy of Archival Photograph Collection, Goucher College Special Collections and Archives)

  • Hippodrome: the theater was restored to its 1914 splendor in 2004, after being shuttered for 14 years.

  • The former Forest Theater (1919-1961) in Forest Park, is now a Nation of Islam Mosque.

Program Objective

Participants will examine Baltimore’s history through the social, cultural, and architectural evolution of its movie theaters.

Program Format

  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Question and answer
  • Book sale and signing

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About the Presenter

Amy Davis

Amy Davis, an award-winning photojournalist for the Baltimore Sun, spent nine years researching and photographing Baltimore’s movie theaters for Flickering Treasures. Her fine art training from The Cooper Union informs her documentary approach. Her photographic work is in the collection of the Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY), and private collections. In addition to the recent Flickering Treasures exhibition at the National Building Museum (Washington, D.C.), Davis’ work has been shown at The Brooklyn Museum, The Jewish Museum of Maryland, and Baltimore area galleries. An exhibition of Davis’ Flickering Treasures photography will open at the Maryland Historical Society in the fall of 2020.