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Parkway Theatre Tour

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

parway exterior

1 AIA/CES LU available

Join the AIABaltimore Historic Resources Committee for a tour of the recently completed Parkway Theatre

The 102 year old Parkway Theatre was recently given new life thanks to the Maryland Film Festival and an $18.2 million dollar renovation.Architects Ziger/Snead celebrated the building’s past by preserving the layers of its many iterations, resulting in a rescued ruin that incorporates modern design with a rich history.

Originally designed by Baltimore architect Oliver B. Wright, the Parkway Theatre opened on October 23, 1915. It was modeled on London’s West End Theatre and envisioned to be a 1,100 seat vaudeville house. But the Parkway was adapted for much more over the course of the 20th century. It hosted live performances, movie shows, and radio program recordings. It became a movie and performance theater, the 5 West, from 1956 to 1978, after which portions of it were used for a number of uses before falling into disrepair for decades .

In 2017, as part of the 19th annual Maryland Film Festival, The Parkway Theatre was reopened as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Parkway. The site joins the historic 414 seat movie theatre with two state of the art 80 seat theatres and will serve as a site for the MICA and Johns Hopkins joint film programs. Come see one of the latest pieces of Baltimore’s history preserved!

Project Team

Architect: Ziger/Snead Architects
Contractor: Southway Builders
Civil Engineer: Gower Thompson
Structural Engineer: Structura, Inc.
Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: James Posey Associates
Lighting Design: Flux Studio
Acoustic Consultant: Acoustic Design Collaborative
Owner’s Rep: Seawall Development
Graphic Design: Post Typography

Image courtesy Karl Connolly

Thank You To Our Generous Sponsor:

Southway Builders, Inc. 


September 23, 2017
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Parkway Theatre
5 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201 United States