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Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters

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Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters
Speaker: Amy Davis, Staff Photographer for The Baltimore Sun
6:30pm, Ridley Auditorium, Loyola-Notre Dame Library 
Sponsored by Film Studies, the York Road Initiative and Messina.

About the Event: 

The Senator is turning 75 on October 5th. To mark the occasion, Loyola University Maryland and The Senator are planning a series of community screenings celebrating classic cinema and especially films from the Senator’s inaugural year, 1939. This project is intended to celebrate not only the Senator, but the vital role cinema has played historically in forming civic community in Baltimore City. In addition to presenting great classic films for their own sake, we hope that these screenings will serve as large-scale, educational and collaborative community events.
The series will kick off with a gala evening anniversary screening followed by two Sunday matinees:

  • Thursday, October 2, 6:30 pm: Singin’ in the Rain (1952; 103 min). The Cold Spring Jazz Quartet will perform jazz standards in the main theater beginning at 6:30 pm; screening will begin at 7:00 pm.
  • Sunday, October 26, 11:30 am: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939; 129 min). 
  • Sunday, Nov. 16, 11:30 am: The Wizard of Oz (1939; 102 min).

In advance of the screenings, Baltimore Sun photographer Amy Davis will present her current book project, Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore's Forgotten Movie Theaters. Flickering Treasures is a photographic/oral history of Baltimore’s historic cinemas. Ms. Davis’ talk will address their role in defining neighborhoods and developing civic community in Baltimore. Her presentation will take place on Sept. 23 at 6:30 pm in the Ridley Auditorium (large screening room on the lower level of Loyola Notre Dame Library). This event is free and open to the public.

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 About the Speaker: 

Photographer Amy Davis has been working on “Flickering Treasures: Rediscovering Baltimore’s Forgotten Movie Theaters” for over six years. It began as a photo essay in The Baltimore Sun, where she has been on staff since 1987. After the article was published, letters from readers poured in, filled with poignant reminiscences. Amy was encouraged to pursue the story in book form.

Today Amy lives near the 1939 Art Deco Senator Theatre, which helped inspire the book. Capturing the essence of the varied neighborhoods with surviving movie houses is a joy for Amy. Flickering Treasures has become a personal homage to her adopted city

As a photojournalist, Amy Davis has garnered many national awards at The Baltimore Sun. Her fine art training from The Cooper Union, where she received a B.F.A. in 1978, informs her documentary approach. Her work has been exhibited at The Brooklyn Museum and is in the collection of the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York

Questions for further reflection and discussion: 

1. Why is it important for communities to preserve their history?

2.  Are there times when nostalgia stands in the way of progress?

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