Operating the 79-year-old Senator and Charles theaters requires multi-tasking to the extreme.
“I do payroll, and we’ve got to make sure the movies get delivered. We’ve got to make sure we have popcorn. And I always joke that I’m the chief birthday party planner,” said Kathleen Lyon, who owns the venerable theaters with her father, James “Buzz” Cusack.
And then there’s an unwritten job: caretaker of Baltimoreans’ memories.
Like old movies themselves, the theaters — both built in 1939, the same year “Gone with the Wind” was released — tend to evoke nostalgia.
The Charles once showed news reels, but The Senator, an Art Deco building, played Walt Disney films and...