Senator Theatre/Baltimore, MD

The Associated Press State & Local Wire
June 22, 2010 Tuesday
Former owner refuses to vacate Senator Theatre


The former owner of the Senator Theatre in Baltimore says he’ll defy an order from city attorneys to vacate the property by Sunday.

The Senator opened in 1939 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was one of a handful of independently owned, single-screen theaters in the country that still showed first-run movies before it closed last year. The city bought the Senator after owner Tom Kiefaber defaulted on his mortgage.

Now, the quasi-public Baltimore Development Corp. is negotiating a deal to hand over management of the Senator to its new prospective owners on June 28.

Kiefaber has continued to run the theater in the interim. He says he’s moving forward with plans to open the eagerly anticipated vampire film "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" on June 30.

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