The Bridge Theater

One of the area’s earliest movie theaters, "The Bridge" opened in May 1915, seating 700 and featuring Paramount Pictures films. Under the management of Edmondson Amusement Company president, Louis Schilchter, the Bridge Theater offered more than just movies. Schilchter hosted everything from song and dance shows to a community gathering to honor soldiers returning from WWI. After an explosion in 1930 damaged the side of the building, the theater rebuilt and continued to operate until 1968.

Since 1970, the building has been used as a church and is presently home to the Life Celebration Center.


Theater poster, The Bridge (1939)

Theater poster, The Bridge (1939)

A Bridge Theater poster for the movie Hotel for Women--written by Elsa Maxwell and starring Ann Sothern. | Source: Flickr/Suzy Soshinsky View File Details Page

Poster, Bridge Theatre

Poster, Bridge Theatre

Poster advertising The Bridge Theatre with emphasis on the theatre's cooling system. | Source: Flickr/Suzy Soshinsky View File Details Page

Life Celebration Center Church

Life Celebration Center Church

View of the former Bridge Theater from Edmondson Avenue and Pulaski Street. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Eli Pousson View File Details Page

Street Address:

2100 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21223 [map]

Cite this Page:

“The Bridge Theater,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed July 23, 2017,


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