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The only theatre of its kind in Baltimore, The Charles has the unique distinction of offering first-run specialty films in addition to Hollywood movies, foreign films and cinema classics. The 1150-seat, 23,000 square-foot movie house is located in one of Charles Street's most intriguing historic buildings.

Admission

The Charles Theatre box office accepts cash, checks and credit cards.

$7.50 Matinees (all shows before 6pm)
$8.50 Senior Discount
$9.50 Evenings

Gift certificates are available for purchase at our box office which opens daily at 1pm.

Group rates (for 25 people or more) and theatre lobby rentals are available. Please call 410-727-3464 or e-mail charlestheatre@yahoo.com for more information.

History

The 108-year-old structures which house The Charles boast a rich history. Designed in 1892 by architect Jackson C. Gott for the Baltimore Traction Company, the Beaux-Arts buildings were originally designed to be a cable car barn (north side) and a powerhouse (south side). The buildings served as cable car facilities for four years after which they became a streetcar barn, a bus barn, a library for the blind, and the Famous Ballroom. In 1939, the Times Theatre opened on the site as Baltimore's first all-newsreel movie house. The theater was re-named the Charles circa 1959 and became a calendar revival house in 1979. The Charles remained a single-screen theater until 1999, when a dramatic expansion was completed to accommodate four additional screening rooms. The new five-screen Charles has a spacious, comfortable lobby and the four new screening rooms have stadium seating. The original auditorium still has 485 seats and has been altered only slightly.