State-of-the-arts Bal­ti­more, late sum­mer 1966

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Jac­ques Kelly THEN AND NOW jac­ques.kelly@balt­sun.com

In one in­stance, Bal­ti­more au­di­ences paid noth­ing to at­tend the theater in the late sum­mer of 1966.

Cen­ter Stage took a trav­el­ing set to the Wy­man Park Dell, the lawn at Mount Royal Sta­tion, the Man­sion House at Druid Hill Park, and the Vil­lage of Cross Keys for free out­door per­for­mances of Moliere’s com­edy “The Miser.”

A Sun critic noted only a lit­tle noise in­ter­fer­ence cre­ated by Bal­ti­more Tran­sit Co. buses.

Met­ro­pol­i­tan Opera singer Pa­trice Mun­sel ap­peared in “Camelot” un­der a can­vas tent at the old Painters Mill Mu­sic Fair in Owings Mills.

The Bri­tish pop mu­sic in­va­sion brought the Yard­birds to the Civic Cen­ter the week­end of Sept. 10-11, 1966, an event hosted by WCAO ra­dio disc jock­eys. On that Sun­day, the group also (oddly enough) made a guest ap­pear­ance at the an­nual “I Am An Amer­i­can Day Pa­rade,” staged in East Bal­ti­more.

The crop of sum­mer movies in­cluded Al­fred Hitch­cock’s “Torn Cur­tain,” which played for weeks at the Town, now the Every­man The­atre, on Fayette Street. Doris Day’s fans lined up for “The Glass Bot­tom Boat” at neighborhood movie houses. .

Bal­ti­more couldn’t seem to get enough of Ja­son Ro­bards in “A Thou­sand Clowns,” which played for nearly half a year at the old Play­house on 25th Street.

And into Septem­ber, “My Fair Lady” and “Born Free” were at the Cin­ema One at the Yorkridge in Ti­mo­nium.

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