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The 500 block of North Howard Street, was first the site of the Academy of Music, and in the late 1920's, the site of Baltimore largest theater, the Stanley Theatre. Only the Mayfair ( AKA Auditorium ) Theatre building survives one the block today, and just barely. The block was known as Kernan's Corner, which also included the Maryland Theatre around the corner on Franklin Street. The Congress Hotel which housed many of the stars performing at  the Academy of Music and Maryland has been renovated and is still standing.
 

    " Kilduff History" goes back many years with the Academy of Music, with John Kilduff (Sr) working there as the doorkeeper. I was able to locate several old items from the Academy of Music dating back to the 1880's which will be posted on the site. ( Below ) , a program for the  Academy of Music dated 1920-21, while the theatre was called the New Academy of Music. A few years after the program came out, the theater would be torn down to make way for the Stanley Theatre.
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........Kernan's Theatre row Howard Street Baltimore
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.....( Above ), an old postcard of the intersection of North Howard Street and Franklin Street. To the far left, you can see the Maryland Theater, then the Congress (Kernan's) Hotel.  The Auditorium Theatre on the right is still standing ( as a shell ) , and the Academy of Music.


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    An old pass for the Academy of Music for the performance of Ben Hur, dating to about 1911, which was located at 516 North Howard Street.





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The Academy of Music was located at 516 North Howard Street, and was torn down to make room for the Stanley Theatre in the late 1920's. Movies were shown here off and on during the 1900's to 1920's, but the theater was mainly a legitimate theater. The Stanley has also since been razed, and the location is a parking lot.
..........Ticker for the Academy of Music Baltimore 1911
  A ticket from nearly 100 years ago , in which my great grandfather, John Kilduff was the "doorkeeper" for the Academy of Music, which to my understanding, was quite an honor back then.

....Ball of the Howards Academy of Music Baltimore
......   All items from the John Kilduff Collection.

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