The Mayfair Theater

As most of you who follow me know, I am quite found of shooting old buildings and structures, but then who with a camera isn’t. The real gems though, are the ones that turn out to have a great and storied past, only to be left to rust or rot in place as if they never existed in the first place. One day while slumming up Howard street in Baltimore I came upon such a place. This is the Mayfair theater. It started its life in 1880 and back then it was known as the Auditorium. I don’t know what the entertainment was like back then was like back then, but considering the details to the exterior, I am sure it housed only the best plays as well as being a grand concert hall. In the early 20th century, some of the country’s finest vaudeville acts performed here. By mid century it became a movie theater when it got it’s name change to the Mayfair. After years of showing B-movies, it finally closed in 1986. There were rumors of bringing her back to her former glory, but sadly in 1998 the roof collapsed all but assuring that it probably won’t happen.

Canon 5D markII, EF 24-70 2.8 L, ISO 160, 1/250 @ f/8


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