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Visions for Vacancies: Eastport Movie Theater

Eastport Cinemas closed eight years ago, and Annapolis Patch wants to know what kind of business you want to see in its place.

Every time I drive past the Eastport Shopping Center, I notice the abandoned movie theater.

I've been posting a series of articles entitled Visions for Vacancies that highlight abandoned properties, and I thought this one would be perfect.

The theater closed in May of 2004, and it was Annapolis' only local cinema dedicated to independent and foreign films, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The two-screen theater also used to host the Annapolis Film Festival.

Since it closed, the building has stood vacant. So, I want to know what you think should be done with the property. Do you miss the old theater? Should the property be converted into a restaurant or something else entirely?

See also:

  • 164 Main Street
  • 8 Maryland Avenue
  • 47 Maryland Avenue
Elaine November 29, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I would actually love to see it be a movie theater again, updated and showing current films or as is and showing recent films at a low cost. But I also like the idea of live performances there as Kamar stated above and possibly serving wine as well during those performances. But please keep it a theater of some kind.
Julie November 29, 2012 at 07:34 PM
I completely respect all your opinons regarding having this space be a live or movie theater, I'd ask you to consider that Annapolis isn't that large a city and we do currently have options. We already have 2 movie theaters within 4 miles of one another, Colonial Players, the Summer Garden Theater, year round performances at Maryland Hall, and live Music at Rams Head, so to me, I question how well live theater would do there. BUT that being said, if it were to be a movie theater again, I would love to see it be a Cinema and Draft House like the one they have in Arlington, VA (http://arlingtondrafthouse.com/). I used to live near there and that place rocked! It was low key and a great date or hang out place. It would be awesome to have one here, too.
Penny Smith November 30, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I would love to have it reopen as a movie theater showing foreign and independent films. When the theater shut down Bowtie promised to continue showing foreign and independent films and that hasn't happened. The shopping center owner apparently doesn't want to have a movie theater there but after sitting vacant for eight years obviously the movie theater could have just stayed open. I have to drive into D.C. or to Silver Spring or Bethesda to see any of the really good films. It didn't use to be a big deal but the metropolitan traffic is pretty much bad 24 hours a day. People used to come up from Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore just to go to the Eastport movie theater. There are enough people in this area to support an independent and foreign film theater.
Angela Colbert November 30, 2012 at 01:27 PM
As a lil girl growning up i used to always go to movies wit my mom before she got disable so as im growning up in the habor house area i would LOVE to see it reopen for the fun times i know im only 19 1/2 years old but i will LOVEEEEEEEEEEEE to see it open again so me and my mom can just walk to the movies again an have that mother daughter bond time again please annapolis open your heart to this movie theater and look out for this pice of property
Rachel February 13, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Bring back the movies! Or, a cinema/draft house type of movie theatre.

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