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709 Washington Blvd.
Baltimore, Md.
( Southwestern Baltimore City )



  



 .............................Columbia Theatre Baltimore
.............................Many Thanks to Dr Robert Headley for the Photo !
  Several Baltimore movie theatres were torn down to make way for a Boulevard that would make travel from Southwest Baltimore to the Howard Street Coridor quicker. Martin Luther King Blvd. has made travel in Baltimore much easier, but the Columbia Theatre was one of the old theatres torn down to make way for the new roadway, as were theatres on Penna. Ave., West Baltimore Street , and Fremont Street. The photo above shows the oldColumbia Theatre before it was torn down. The site is now a ramp to get onto I-95 towards Washington DC or New York.
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Columbia Theatre Baltimore
Thanks To Dr. Robert Headley for the Photo !

















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..........There were actually two movie theatres in Baltimore with the name " Columbia", named after the street, which back in the day was known as Columbia Road. It as since been renamed Washington Blvd. The Columbia theatre seen at the top of the page was a much larger and well known theatre, torn  down in the 1970s' to make way for the building of Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. The Eureka, which was very close to the Columbia was also torn down to make way for the thruway.

    However, I have always heard about the earlier Columbia Theatre located in the 600 block of Washington Blvd. I had believed that the old theatre building had been torn down for the building of Camden Yards baseball park, one block to the East , but I finally located an insurance map which clearly showed the earlier Columbia, and a recent check found the building not only still standing, but in excellent condition, being reused for other purposes for many years.

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