Cumberland, Maryland (Downtown in 1910)
presented vaudeville. Starting on Monday, July 18, 1910, the Maryland Theatre had four acts of real vaudeville, including the Evon Duo, direct from the New York Circuit Company, featuring Cumberland's own aerial wire artists, Robert Easton and Carl Miller. The theatre was as cool as the ocean breeze. Matinees were at 2:30 and evening shows at 8:00, 9:30, and 11:00. The best orchestra seats cost only ten cents. The Belvedere Theatre at 126 Baltimore Street, presently the site of the First Federal Savings and Loan building, showed motion pictures. Near the end of 1910 an advertisement for the Belvedere Theatre stated there would be three reels of motion pictures, totaling 3,000 feet, including "Take Me Out to the Ball Game, " and also illustrated songs. The matinee was at 2:15 and the night show was at 7:15. Admission cost five cents. The Belvedere Theatre had opened on September 22, 1910. It did not close until March 21, 1929. The Victoria Theatre on Baltimore Street also opened in 1910. It was a motion picture house and the best biograph motion pictures were to be seen. The program would be changed each week. The Victoria was in the location of the former Wieland Theatre, located between what is now Burton's Store and the First Federal Savings and Loan building. There was an open air theatre known as Merryland Park on South Centre Street at the south end of the armory building. This park or theatre was open only in warm weather. On July 15, 1910, a local paper carried an advertisement stating that the Merryland Park on that evening and tomorrow night at 7:45 PM would feature Johnny Mack, the world's greatest aeronaut. The show featured a balloon ascension and double parachute leap, three big vaudeville acts, and 3, 000 feet of motion pictures. Admission was five or ten cents. Baby carriages were free.
Miller, Herman J.
Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland
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Cumberland (Md.), history
Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976