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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2012
The   Baltimore Development Corp. 's board considered two proposals for the restoration of the historic Parkway Theatre at their monthly meeting Thursday morning. The BDC, the city's economic development arm, received three proposals to redevelop the theater at 3 W. North Ave., and adjacent buildings at 1 W. North Ave. and 1820 N.   Charles St. , in response the agency's request in December for ideas to restore the long-vacant venue to a working cultural space. It was the second time that the BDC has requested proposals for the theater.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
The Maryland Institute College of Art announced Wednesday that it will launch a master's program in filmmaking and will run it out of a historic Station North theater that will be home to both MICA and the Johns Hopkins University's film programs. The master of fine arts in filmmaking program will begin in fall 2015 and be led by Patrick Wright, who co-produced the 2010 Oscar-winning short documentary, "Music by Prudence," and other films on HIV/AIDS, clergy sexual abuse, and political commentator Ann Coulter.
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By Steve Kilar | December 20, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Development Corp. have selected the Maryland Film Festival's proposal for the renovation of the historic Parkway Theatre at 3 W. North Ave., according to an official who spoke Thursday morning at the BDC's monthly board meeting. The city hopes to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with the Film Festival shortly, said Darrell Doan, a BDC staffer who manages the corporation's real estate transactions. The Film Festival is partnering with the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University on their proposal for the Parkway.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
You could make a plausible argument that '80s pop star Thomas Dolby has been blinded with science. Since he was a teen, Dolby, now 55, has looked for ways to blend technology with sound - whether that meant writing a quirky synthpop anthem that rose to No. 5 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1982 ("She Blinded Me With Science") or inventing a cousin of the polyphonic ringtone likely playing on your cellphone today. Next week, Dolby will be named the Johns Hopkins University's first Homewood Professor of the Arts - a position that will enable him to help create a new center that will serve as an incubator for technology in the arts.
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November 24, 2009
A community selection panel has recommended that the city-owned Parkway Theatre at 3-5 W. North Ave. in Baltimore be sold for redevelopment to a group headed by Samuel Polakoff of Cormony Development and Donald and Thibault Manekin of Seawall Development Co. They proposed that the theater be renovated for live entertainment to draw visitors to the surrounding Station North Arts and Entertainment District. A second proposal called for the theater to be restored as part of a cinema and drafthouse.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
A request by the former owner of the Parkway Theatre for a new condemnation trial was denied Tuesday by Maryland's high court . A&E North LLC argued that the city should have paid to remove “automobile parts and other assorted junk” stored in the theater before the start of the 2010 condemnation trial. During the trial, jurors would tour the property to determine its fair market value and A&E “hoped the theater would show better without the junk” - thereby resulting in a larger “just compensation” award for the city's taking of the property.
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By Edward Gunts, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2012
Baltimore's long dormant Parkway Theatre on North Avenue, a fixture in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District, would be added to the city's landmark list, if public officials approve a plan now before the City Council. Baltimore's Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation is holding a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to decide whether to designate the theater a city landmark. The theater was designed by Oliver B. Wight and opened in 1915 as a first-class movie house.
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Jacques Kelly | March 23, 2012
I keep an old photograph of a thriving North Avenue taped to my desk. The largest sign projecting over the sidewalk is that of the Parkway Theatre. But for more than 30 years now, the movie theater has been closed and hasn't been doing what it should be — entertaining Baltimoreans. The Parkway needs to flourish again, and the city, through its redevelopment arm, is offering it for sale. Opening it up and bringing it to a usable, safe standard will not be cheap, but it will be worth the investment.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | December 1, 2011
The Baltimore Development Corp. said Thursday it was reissuing a request for proposal to develop three properties, including the former Parkway Theatre, one of the most prominent landmarks in the city's Station North Arts and Entertainment District. The BDC in 2009 confirmed a proposal for the Parkway Theatre project by Cormony Development and Seawall Development Co. But due to "changing conditions" over "considerable periods of time," the city chose to renew the RFP process, according to M.J. "Jay" Brodie, president of the BDC. Samuel Polakoff, head of Cormony Development, said the BDC never told him and Seawall why it was no longer supporting them as developers.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Baltimore's government on Wednesday sold land for $1 to a developer promising to restore the long-vacant Parkway Theatre on North Avenue. The city's Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, approved the sale of three properties to The Producer's Club of Maryland, which plans a three-screen theater and live music venue at the site as part of a $16.8 million renovation. Only City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young voted against the deal, arguing the city could have gotten a higher price for the land.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
After 15 years at the Charles Theatre , the Maryland Film Festival will be moving into new digs in May. The operators of the Charles, James “Buzz” Cusack and his daughter, Kathleen Cusack Lyon, chose not to rent their five-screen facility to the festival this year, film festival head Jed Dietz said. The 16 th festival, scheduled for May 7-11, will be held at spaces in the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Baltimore , the Walters Art Museum and the Windup Space on North Avenue.
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By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
A century-old Station North movie theater, an East Baltimore church, a former cotton mill and two downtown office towers are among the renovation projects selected for financing next year under Maryland's historic preservation tax credit program. At a news conference in the long-dormant Parkway Theatre on North Avenue, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown announced Monday that 10 projects - five of them in Baltimore - will receive $10 million in tax breaks to help finance restoration projects.
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Jacques Kelly | December 20, 2013
I've been waiting 36 years for the phone call that came this week. Valerie Berton of the Maryland Department of Planning said that North Avenue's grand, but very dilapidated, Parkway Theatre would be the recipient of a $2 million Sustainable Communities Tax Credit administered through the Maryland Historical Trust. A few weeks ago, the city sold this magnificent 1915 film house to the Maryland Film Festival for a token $1. State officials will assemble at the Parkway, 5 W. North Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Monday to celebrate the announcement, which will help finance the planned renovations.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Baltimore's government on Wednesday sold land for $1 to a developer promising to restore the long-vacant Parkway Theatre on North Avenue. The city's Board of Estimates, which is controlled by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, approved the sale of three properties to The Producer's Club of Maryland, which plans a three-screen theater and live music venue at the site as part of a $16.8 million renovation. Only City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young voted against the deal, arguing the city could have gotten a higher price for the land.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2013
Hurry up and finish, willya? That's becoming almost a rallying cry on the Baltimore arts and entertainment scene, as filmgoers, theater lovers, lounge lizards, even merry-go-round riders wait eagerly for new and refurbished venues to open. Some projects appear to be on schedule, even if fans might think they're taking forever. Others have endured a delay or two - like North Baltimore's Senator Theatre , which the new owners had hoped to have reopened earlier this year - leaving fans champing at the bit. What follows is an update on eight Baltimore-area projects where the finish line is clearly visible or has just been crossed.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2013
A request by the former owner of the Parkway Theatre for a new condemnation trial was denied Tuesday by Maryland's high court . A&E North LLC argued that the city should have paid to remove “automobile parts and other assorted junk” stored in the theater before the start of the 2010 condemnation trial. During the trial, jurors would tour the property to determine its fair market value and A&E “hoped the theater would show better without the junk” - thereby resulting in a larger “just compensation” award for the city's taking of the property.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 10, 2012
The Maryland Film Festival would transform the historic and long-shuttered Parkway Theatre into a venue for small independent films and concerts under one of three proposals to enliven a key intersection in Baltimore's Charles North neighborhood. Two other developers also hope to restore the former movie palace, where vaudeville acts also once played, and bring in live music, theater and other performances, the Baltimore Development Corp. said Tuesday. The BDC, the city's economic development agency, said it had received three proposals to redevelop the theater at 3 W. North Ave. and adjacent buildings at 1 W. North Ave. and 1820 N. Charles St. in response to a request by the agency in December.
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Jacques Kelly | December 20, 2013
I've been waiting 36 years for the phone call that came this week. Valerie Berton of the Maryland Department of Planning said that North Avenue's grand, but very dilapidated, Parkway Theatre would be the recipient of a $2 million Sustainable Communities Tax Credit administered through the Maryland Historical Trust. A few weeks ago, the city sold this magnificent 1915 film house to the Maryland Film Festival for a token $1. State officials will assemble at the Parkway, 5 W. North Ave., at 10:30 a.m. Monday to celebrate the announcement, which will help finance the planned renovations.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2012
It has been a big week for the historic theaters of North Avenue. First the city announced it is moving forward with the Maryland Film Festival's plan to restore the Parkway Theatre. Now comes news that the state is chipping in a substantial sum toward the restoration of the Centre Theatre. The group that plans to turn the 1939 theater at 10. E. North Ave. into a multi-purpose arts space has been allocated $3 million in tax credits by the Maryland Historical Trust, a division of the state's planning department.
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By Steve Kilar | December 20, 2012
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Baltimore Development Corp. have selected the Maryland Film Festival's proposal for the renovation of the historic Parkway Theatre at 3 W. North Ave., according to an official who spoke Thursday morning at the BDC's monthly board meeting. The city hopes to enter into an exclusive negotiating agreement with the Film Festival shortly, said Darrell Doan, a BDC staffer who manages the corporation's real estate transactions. The Film Festival is partnering with the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins University on their proposal for the Parkway.
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