View of the Auditorium Theatre
516 North Howard Street, Baltimore
ca. 1925
Julius Anderson
8 x 10 inch print
Julius Anderson Collection
Baltimore City Life Museum Collection
Maryland Historical Society

This theater is known today as The Mayfair. It stands abandoned and doesn’t look much like the theater it once was. 


500-508 North Howard Street, 2010, 2012, 2015.

A before and after 3 years apart, 5 for the Mayfair Theater. 

Check out this blog post I wrote after these three buildings caught fire this past fall:

Went to Mayfair Theatere tonight to watch The Rocky Horror Picture Show and it was amazing. Not only was it a movie, but they were putting on a play of it as well. Plus, there was sound effects that made it seem as though we were actually in the movie. 

When it was raining the Theatre had lightning effects and the sprinklers went on (just a little) so we felt as thought we were there.



I met Lloyd Kaufman!

He was promoting on the day for the Canadian premiere of his new film: Return to Nuke ‘em High Vol. 1.

I had forgotten to book the night off in the previous week and was disappointed with myself, but work somehow didn’t need me and I managed to go with a friend. Arrived a bit late but well worth staying afterwards.

I got posters and a dvd signed and picture op, obviously. And along with other attendants, was treated to stay afterwards to shoot a PSA for the small theatre about texting during the movie.


Also please excuse my face tumblr-verse. XD

Intimate Portrait of Grammy Award Winning Artist and Member of Legendary Rock Band Fleetwood Mac as She Creates Album with Dave Stewart

Special Screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on April 15th with Stevie Nicks appearing LIVE for Q&A sessions after both showings.

Toronto – March 14, 2013.Following the tremendous positive response to the Stevie Nicks documentary “In Your Dreams”, an intimate portrait of one of rock’s most enduring and legendary artists, at the Hamptons International Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival, this up close portrayal of Nicks recording her critically acclaimed “In Your Dreams” CD in collaboration with Dave Stewart is now scheduled to screen in exclusive engagements in theaters across Canada starting in Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on April 15.  Tickets will be available to the public for the two special screenings of In Your Dreams at 7 p.m. at 7:30 p.m. on April 15, with three regular screenings taking place on April 16 – 18 at 8:30 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Tickets go on sale March 20 for TIFF Members and on March 27 for non-members at

The “In Your Dreams” film is being distributed by Films We Like in Canada. Co-produced and co-directed by former Eurythmic Dave Stewart, “In Your Dreams” is a portrait of the elusive Nicks as she and Stewart embark on a musical journey to write and record the critically acclaimed album “In Your Dreams.”  Nicks called this “the greatest year of my life” and felt compelled to share the joyful experience that she terms “the day the circus came to town” with her fans.  The record was co-written by Nicks and Stewart and produced by Stewart and Glen Ballard. Watch the trailer at

Nicks, one of the lead singers and emotional catalyst for Fleetwood Mac, is embarking on a world tour with them beginning April 4th in Columbus Ohio.  A multi Grammy Award winning artist and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Nicks allowed cameras inside her magical old mansion high atop the hills of LA with a wild cast of musicians and friends.  The inner life of the legendary Nicks has by her design long been kept at a distance from the public. We learn in “Dreams” that her world features, costume parties, elaborate dinner feasts, tap dancing, fantasy creations and revealing songwriting and recording sessions all of which are captured on film. Also cameos by Edgar Allan Poe, Mick Fleetwood, Reese Witherspoon, a massive white stallion in the backyard, owls and naturally a few vampires who appear in several “home movie” style music videos.

Along with tracking the Nicks/Stewart creative partnership, “In Your Dreams” has plenty of other cinematic payoffs including rare never before seen personal scrapbook stills from Nicks’ childhood and family life, and a wealth of candid backstage and performance shots taken over the last 35 years. The documentary was produced by Dave Stewart’s production company, Weapons of Mass Entertainment.

Nicks, who has sold millions of records as a solo artist and writer of such iconic songs as “Landslide,” “Gold Dust Woman” and “Edge of 17,” is regularly cited by stars as diverse as Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, Courtney Love, Sheryl Crow, The Dixie Chicks and John Mayer as an iconic favorite and heroine and is a continuous inspiration to the world’s top fashion designers.

 "She is really real. It doesn’t matter if she is singing in the make-up room or in the middle of a TV interview.  She is who she is, and she doesn’t change.“ commented Stewart.

 "This is our baby and we give her lovingly into your dreams.  From our tribe to yours,” concluded Nicks. 

“In Your Dreams” screens in Canada as follows:

Toronto / TIFF Bell Lightbox  (350 King St W) / April 15, 2013
Tickets Available online March 27:
Fleetwood Mac concert: 16-Apr-2013 

Ottawa / Mayfair Theatre (1074 Bank St) / April 19 & 20, 2013
Visit cinema website for further details: Fleetwood Mac concert: 23-Apr-2013 

Winnipeg / Winnipeg Cinematheque (100 Arthur St) / May 4 & 5, 2013
Visit cinema website for further details:
Fleetwood Mac concert: 12-May-2013 

Saskatoon / Broadway Theatre (715 Broadway Avenue) / May 13, 2013
Visit cinema website for further details:, 306.652.6556

Fleetwood Mac concert: 14-May-2013

Edmonton / Metro Cinema at the Garneau (8712 109th Street NW) / May 14, 2013
Visit cinema website for further details:
Fleetwood Mac concert 15-May-2013 

Calgary / Globe Cinema (617 8 Ave SW) / screening date TBC
Visit cinema website for further details:
Fleetwood Mac concert: 17-May-2013 

Vancouver / Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St) / May 18, 2013
Visit cinema website for further details:
Fleetwood Mac concert: 19-May-2013 

Montreal/ Cinema du Parc  (3575 Park Ave) / June 14-17, 2013
Tickets available online:
Fleetwood Mac concert: 18-Jun-2013 

Mayfair joins movement to save New Brunswick’s Paramount Theatre

The charity matinee New Brunswick Films for a New Brunswick Theatre was held at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa on March 3. Patrons paid $20 to watch ten New Brunswick films, all of which went towards helping raise funds to purchase and restore the Paramount Theatre in St John, New Brunswick.

The ten movies were of a wide variety of genres, ranging from Greg Hemming’s documentary “Sistema Revolution” about Venezuela’s revolutionary children’s music program and its implementation in New Brunswick, to Britany Sparrow’s fantasy film “Gamers: A Love Story.”

“The movies are definitely well done, entertaining, and a good mix of different types of films as well,” said attendee Shawn Joseph. “I appreciate the focus on the value of the arts in general, especially in community building. I support any attempt to maintain a heritage building and a sense of history around going to the movies used to be.”

“It’s great to see some New Brunswick films on screen for a change,” says attendant Rachel Sebold.

Jonathan VanAmburg, a St Johnner living in Ottawa, was the coordinator of the event. He saw the short documentary “Save the Paramount” directed by Greg Hemmings, featuring Michael McDonald, the unofficial spokesperson for the Save the Paramount movement, at the 2011 New Brunswick Film Festival.

“Today wouldn’t be possible without the contribution of the filmmakers back in New Brunswick,” said VanAmburg.

 “I love these films, and I love the Mayfair theatre in Ottawa. It’s an independently run theatre that plays movies that you won’t see anywhere else. This is a model that the St John crowd can build from. And it was just a marriage, a beautiful marriage, in bringing New Brunswick films to New Brunswickers in Ottawa to raise money for a place back home.”

“One thing you find about Maritimers in Southern Ontario is that they care very deeply about what’s going on back home,” said Alex Willis, writer and friend of McDonald.

“How many St Johners are in the crowd?” Michael McDonald crooned into the microphone from centre stage. Most of the hands of the audience shot up into the air. 

McDonald is an activist, writer, filmmaker, from St. John, New Brunswick. Sold in 2005, the current owner intends to convert it into a parking lot. He hopes to turn the Paramount into a three space performing art centre with a café. The Paramount is in the centre of the city, Kings Square, which he believes is the perfect environment for an arts and culture centre.

According to the documentary “Save the Paramount,” the Paramount Theatre was the pride of Atlantic Canada.

“It was a palace. It was one of those buildings that when you walked in, you knew you were going to an event and that’s what makes this place unique,” said McDonald over shots of decrepit stairs, intricately detailed banisters, and high ceilings.

“Coming to the Mayfair Theatre, or how the Paramount is for St Johners, changes the movie we’re going to watch and how we’re going to experience it. It turns movies from something you just look at to something you are a part of,” said said Jason Grenia, a film student who was present at the event.

 “Bringing the Paramount back is going to start an art and culture revolution in the city of St John,” said McDonald.

Save the Paramount and Uptown St John are paying the owner $2, 700 a month to keep the building standing, according to Willi’s recent blog post (

“It’s time for my board to make a decision as to whether or not they are going to continue to put money into the process to repurpose to building,” said Peter Asimakos, General Manager of Uptown St John, to CBC News. “The area is quite under-developed and is actually in state of decay in some respect. We are hoping with a project like this, it would act as a catalyst to turning this around and make St John’s uptown vibrant, as it once was.”

“These buildings are the heartbeat of the community,” said McDonald. “If you take away the heart from a neighbourhood, the life blood of the area goes away. These are the buildings that define us, that raised us all. There are not many buildings like this left in the world.”

“The event was a success, with a few thousand dollars raised,” said Willis. McDonald and Hemmings are currently working on a larger documentary with the CBC. McDonald and Hemings screenings of “Save the Paramount” in various communities in North America have been well received.

 “Our vision for the uptown is bigger than a parking lot,” said McDonald. “You can’t build a community spirit around a parking lot.”

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Tommy Wiseau, famed director, producer, writer, and star of the notorious The Room, is enjoying a weekend in Canada [something he seemed pretty excited about] and hosting screenings of his film at the Mayfair theatre in Ottawa. My roommate picked up some tickets months ago so last night we were able to attend. I hadn’t seen the film in ages, probably over a year, but I hadn’t forgotten just how dreadful it is.

For those not in the know, his train-wreck of a feature rivals anything by Uwe Boll in its complete disregard for basic filmmaking standards. The dialogue is infantile, the editing is atrocious, there are embarrassing continuity errors, and the acting from everyone is what you’d expect from a community college elective class assignment.

The only reason Wiseau’s monster was ever put to film is that he managed to finance the whole project himself. Sadly, I feel that this fact also likely afforded him more creative control than he should ever have been given access to. In any case, the film was made and it’s awful: so awful, in fact, that it has built for itself a massive community of fans worldwide whose capacity for schadenfreude knows no boundaries.

Because of it’s cult success, Wiseau tours indie theatres and talks about his film. He was every bit as disconnected and strange as one who’s seen the film would expect. He wore a dress shirt and vest with cargo pants. He wore a second belt around his thighs and a pair of sunglasses in the dark theatre. He tried to lead us all in a chorus of “happy birthday” to a celebrating fan, but simply fumbled atonally through the last line two-and-a-half times before giving up. With him was one of the cast from his film, Greg Sestero, who made himself pretty small and quiet at the back of the stage while Wiseau spoke to the crowd. I got the impression that while the director was ignorant to the nature of the enthusiasm for his film, Sestero had no such delusions. He was smiling the whole time, though, and I think he gets a kick out of the circus.

Wiseau is an odd one, a claim that few would attempt to deny, but he’s happy. He made his dream project and everyone loves it, in a manner of speaking. I’m glad I got to see the man behind the legend.

EDIT: The two people in the photo dressed as “Johnny” and “Lisa” from the film are fans who Wiseau invited to the stage to stand there and look pretty.