Cecil B DeMented, 2000
- Stephen Dorff
- Melanie Griffith
- Maggie Gyllenhaal
- Alicia Witt
- Adrian Grenier
- Mink Stole
- Ricki Lake
- Michael Shannon
- Mary Vivian Pearce
Stay at: the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore, 550 Light Street, Inner Harbor (tel: 410.234.0550)
Catch a movie at: the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road (tel: 410.435.8338), north of the city centre toward Anneslie at Belvedere Avenue
Catch a triple bill at: at Bengie’s Drive-In Theatre, 3417 Eastern Boulevard (tel: 410.687.5627)
Cecil B DeMented location: the abandoned hideout of DeMented’s Sprocket Holes crew: Hippodrome, North Eutaw Street, Baltimore
Not as deliriously funny as it might have been, though still lots of fun, shockmeister John Waters’ attack on Hollywood ‘family’ values (the Baltimore-set sequel Gump Again is the stuff of nightmares) turns out to be an homage to Baltimore’s surviving, at the time, movie theatres.
Cecil B DeMented location: Hollywood star Honey Whitlock stays at the luxury hotel: Harbor Court, Light Street, Baltimore
She’s kidnapped by the crew of messianic director-wannabe Cecil B DeMented (Stephen Dorff) from the glutinous benefit premiere of Some Kind Of Happiness at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, way north of the city centre toward Anneslie at Belvedere Avenue.
Cecil B Demented location: Honey Whitlock is kidnapped at the movie premiere: Senator Theatre, York Road, Baltimore
Both Waters himself and Barry Levinson premiere most of their films at this picture house, which features a ‘walk of fame’ celebrating local cinematic accomplishments on its forecourt. The Senator can also be seen in Barry Levinson movies Diner and Avalon, as well as Terry Gilliam’s 12 Monkeys.
Cecil B Demented celebrated on the forecourt of the Senator Theatre, York Road, Baltimore
The abandoned hideout of DeMented’s Sprocket Holes crew was the old dilapidated Hippodrome, now happily spruced up as the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 North Eutaw Street.
One venue that’s already gone is Grand Theatre, which stood at 508 South Conkling Street, outside which the Sprocket Holes clash with the director’s bête noire – a vocal ‘family’ audience. One of Baltimore's great old theaters, the Grand, dating back to 1911 was demolished in 2003, though its marquee, box office and some interior features have apparently been salvaged.
Cecil B DeMented location: action fans fight a family audience: Patterson Theatre, Eastern Avenue, Baltimore
The guerillas recruit action fans to fight off the family audience from a karate marathon at the 1930 Patterson Theater, 3134 Eastern Avenue. The Patterson, which boasts the only traditional vertical marquee lit by bulbs left in Baltimore, was reopened as a multi-purpose arts centre by the Creative Alliance in 2003.
Porn fans face off against Teamsters in the Apex, 110 South Broadway, Fell's Point, which is hosting the delightful sounding ‘All-anal evening’.
Cecil B DeMented location: porn fans vs Teamsters: Apex, South Broadway, Fell’s Point, Baltimore
Bengie’s, which offers triple features on almost every Friday and Saturday night, along with classic cartoons, vintage trailers and intermissions clips, and Dusk-till-Dawn shows, claims to have the largest movie theatre screen in the USA, measuring 52 feet high and 120 feet wide.