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When 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians' was conquering Baltimore

When 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians' was conquering Baltimore

All sorts of destined-to-be-classic movies were playing at Baltimore theaters in December 1964, movies that would earn Oscars, garner grand critical praise and set the groundwork for enduring cinematic legacies. “Tom Jones” was showing at the Mayfair on Howard Street, Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” and The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night” at the Town on Fayette Street, “Charade” at the Northway on Harford Road, "My Fair Lady" at the Hippodrome.

But one movie was playing all over. On Dec. 13, 1964, 17 Baltimore-area movie theaters were showing a film that had been released less than a month earlier, a holiday offering featuring Santa Claus and little kids, even a healthy...

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