City's Senator Theatre to issue plea for money

January 22, 2009|By Sam Sessa | Sam Sessa,sam.sessa@baltsun.com

Reeling from the recent economic downturn, the owner of Baltimore's historic Senator Theatre is expected to announce a plea for short-term assistance at a meeting this morning.

Tom Kiefaber is pursuing nonprofit status for the city's oldest continually operated moviehouse but apparently needs further community aid in the interim. Yesterday, Kiefaber declined to comment on the specifics of today's meeting. But on the theater's Web site, senator.com, he described the Senator's near future as "precarious" and posted an image of what the Senator might look like if boarded up.

The Senator has faced closing several times in recent years. In February 2007, Kiefaber raised nearly $110,000 through community donations to keep the 900-seat landmark in business. At today's meeting, Kiefaber is expected to be joined by representatives from such groups as the Belvedere Improvement Association, the Theatre Historical Society of America and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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