The timing of our visit to Baltimore was just about perfect as far as The Senator theatre is concerned. Designed by John J Fink, the theatre opened on Oct 5, 1939 but like so many cinemas and theatres it fell on hard times and eventually closed. It eventually reopened but many of the original fittings had been stripped but then it closed again. This time it was to undertake a major restoration and in October 2013 it reopened.
You'll notice there are blocks in the footpath commemorating the movies that have premiered at The Senator. My personal favourites were a couple of John Waters movies, "Serial Mom" and "Pecker". There are plans to restore these also.
MELBOURNE ART DECO
In 2009 Robin Grow published a book on Melbourne Art Deco, with images largely supplied by David Thompson. The book quickly sold out and he is pleased to say that it has now been re-published by Brolga Press, with updates, errors corrected and a new cover.
Best of all, it is selling for about $25 in the shops and on-line. Art Deco & Modernism Society members can purchase a copy from me for $22, (includes postage within Australia). For overseas orders please email for postage rates. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested, and advise if you would like the book to be dedicated and/or signed.