entertainment will find authentic experi-
ences across many of Baltimore’s unique
neighborhoods,” said Visit Baltimore
President and CEO Al Hutchinson. “The
city’s immersive scene embodies emerging
artists, world-renowned museums and
burgeoning entertainment districts. These
include street art, curated exhibits and oth-
er forms in the Station North A & E District,
and art galleries, retail shops and unique
events in the culturally diverse Highland-
town A & E District.”
Not to miss, Hutchison added, is the his-
toric 15-story Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower.
Centering the newly established Bromo
Tower A & E District, this 1911 landmark,
modeled after the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy, was transformed into 30 studios
for visual and literary artists. Open to
visitors, the spaces host events year-round.
Rental options include the mezzanine and
magnificent Clock Room.
Another Tower District signature is
the 1914 Hippodrome Theatre at The
France-Merrick Performing Arts Center.
Featuring Broadway shows, national tours
and more, the 2,300-capacity venue is
available for business and social events.
In Highlandtown (locally, “ha!”), near
energetic Fells Point, the 1930s-era Patterson Movie Theater is where the Creative
Alliance showcases singers, dancers,
filmmakers and other local talent. Versatile
event spaces include the theater, with seating for 140 and 250 for standing receptions,
and Marquee Lounge.
Station North draws include the Stavros
Niarchos Foundation Parkway film center,
headquarters of Maryland Film Festival
organizers MdFF. Opened in May 2017
following an $18 million makeover, the
Parkway’s year-round film programming
spans time and genre. Rental spaces
include the 414-seat auditorium and two
Other top coordinates include the
event-capable Walters Art Museum,
renowned for its rare collection of works
from the 3rd millennium BCE to the early
20th century. Housing the world’s largest
Matisse collection, the Baltimore Museum
of Art rents spaces that include the classical
Fox and Antioch courts, and Gertrude’s
restaurant—a favorite of John Waters.
Less than an hour south of Baltimore and
east of Washington, D.C., on Chesapeake
Bay, Maryland’s capital and seat of Anne
Arundel County is another center of creativity.
“Our thriving arts and entertainment
Latest + Greatest
scene is an integral part of who we are,”
said Connie Del Signore, president and
CEO of Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel
County. “The destination is home to a host
of professional and community theater
groups. Downtown Annapolis boasts 20
art galleries within walking distance of one
another, including the nationally accred-
ited Mitchell Gallery. Getting an arts fix is
always easy for our visitors.”
Governed by the Annapolis Art in Public
Places Commission, outdoor murals form
part of the Annapolis Arts District. Ac-
cording to Commission Chair Ellen Moyer,
Annapolis “is a city displaying 300 years of
art—a city art gallery without walls.”
Centered on historic West Street, the Arts
District features restaurants, galleries and
one of the country’s top small concert ven-
ues, the 300-capacity cabaret-style Rams
Head On Stage. Don’t miss the district’s
Chickens, either, artistically decorated by
local artists and community and school
Available for events on a select basis,
the premier Maryland Hall for the Creative
➜ Spring 2018 sees the scheduled opening of Hotel Revival (www.jdvhotels.
com) in the historic Mount Vernon
Cultural District. Formerly the Peabody
Court Hotel, the Joie de Vivre boutique
property will feature 107 rooms on 14
floors. Highlights include a ground-floor
signature restaurant and bar; three
private karaoke boxes; a second-floor
reception and lobby lounge with a
dedicated bar; and Topside, an enclosed
rooftop bar and restaurant overlooking
the Washington Monument and surrounding neighborhoods.
➜ Hilton’s rollout of its new lifestyle
brand, Canopy, includes the slated early
2019 unveiling of Canopy by Hilton
Baltimore Harbor Point ( www.canopy3.
hilton.com). Occupying the top four
floors of the 12-story mixed-use Wills
Street Wharf building in the massive
Harbor Point waterfront development,
the 156-room boutique property will
feature a first-floor waterfront lobby
and a restaurant with outdoor terrace
overlooking the Inner Harbor.
➜ In March 2017, Montage International’s
new luxury flag Pendry Hotels unveiled
the 128-room Sagamore Pendry Baltimore ( www.pendryhotels.com/baltimore)
in historic Fell’s Point. Property highlights include the 4,565-square-foot
Grand Ballroom, restored to its original
1914 aesthetic and featuring 35-foot
ceilings. There is also an outdoor pool
and two F&B concepts, the Italian-driv-
en Rec Pier Chop House and Cannon
Room whiskey bar.
➜ Targeting a spring 2018 opening, the
new $200 million Maryland Live! Hotel
( www.marylandlivecasino.com) will
add 350,000 square feet of additional space to adjacent Live! Casino,
Maryland’s largest gaming facility.
Located at Arundel Mills, the state’s top
tourism attraction with more than 14
million visitors each year, the hotel will
feature 310 rooms, including 52 suites.
Property highlights include the Grand
Event Center, featuring a 1,500-seat
concert venue, flexible prefunction and
meeting space, an executive boardroom
and banquet facilities for up to 800.
Phase two plans call for 4,000-capac-
ity concert seating and banqueting for
1,600 guests. Other amenities include
a lobby bar and luxury day spa.
GIANT GOLDEN HAND BY ADAM KURTZMAN,
AMERICAN VISIONARY ART MUSEUM, BALTIMORE