From the blog Mike Sragow Gets Reel:
On Thursday, Buzz and Kathleen Cusack, the new managers of the Senator, will announce the Oct. 15 reopening of the North Baltimore landmark as a first-run movie house.
They will present immediate and long-term plans for the Senator at a 6:30 p.m. community meeting, to be held in the theater at 5904 York Road.
"We're working on a very carefully done renovation -- with knowledge and respect for what was there, while integrating it into the 21st century," Buzz Cusack said Tuesday.
Kathleen Cusack added, "We welcome anyone with any interest in the theater to join in our excitement as we prepare to reopen."
The Cusacks will also announce their debut attraction -- the decision was not final at the time of this post -- and a new website that they vow will be up to snuff by Friday.
The Cusacks have already uncovered and restored the original wood paneling in the theater's signature rotunda entrance.
They expect the Senator's extraordinary projectionist, Bill Hewitt, to command the booth once again.
And when the theater starts selling tickets a week from Friday, a new 800-pound popcorn kettle will provide fresh, made-to-order popcorn.
On Thursday, the Cusacks will unveil their latest plans to build a bar, a crepe shop and a small-plate restaurant in the north side of the building, and to construct a new, second auditorium on the south side of the building (while keeping the large theater intact).
They hope to complete the "global renovation" a year from now, and plan to celebrate a "grand reopening" in Fall 2011.
But starting Oct. 15, the Senator will be scheduling two matinees and two evening shows a day, roughly from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a $9 general admission price and $7.50 for all shows before 6 p.m.
For Baltimore movie-lovers, that news alone is grand enough.
Spruced-up Senator reopening set for Oct. 15
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