Former Senator Theatre Owner Arrested

Tom Kiefaber, the former owner of the historic theater, was arrested for trespassing on Monday.

Tom Kiefaber, the former owner of the Senator Theatre and , was arrested for trespassing on Monday, according to Baltimore City police.

Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, confirmed via email that Kiefaber had been arrested.

Maj. Sabrina Tapp-Harper, commander of the Northern District, said that Kiefaber was arrested at the Senator Theatre, 5904 York Road, at about 10 a.m. Monday.

Tapp-Harper, who was not at the scene, said the supervisor that was there at the time of the arrest reported Kiefaber allegedly made threats to harm people inside the building, but could not confirm what exactly he said.

According to electronic court records, James "Buzz" Cusack, the theater’s current operator, filed seven charges against Kiefaber during the last month related to harassment and trespassing.

Last year Kiefaber was after a protective order was issued to Cusack’s daughter and business partner Kathleen Lyon. The protective order was issued after a confrontation between Kiefaber and theater employees during a midnight screening of the final Harry Potter film.

Kiefaber also caused a stir last year when he during a City Council meeting because he was upset about a bill placing the historic theater’s interior on the city landmark list.

He challenged City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young in the 2011 Democratic primary and lost. 

Kiefaber, and a group called Friends of the Senator, have recently been documenting the ongoing rehabilitation of the theater via their Facebook page, and what they allege are violations occurring at the site.

He was the owner of the theater until a few years ago when financial problems forced him to relinquish the art deco building that was built by his family. Kiefaber has maintained that the city handled the situation poorly, and that it sabotaged his efforts to turn the theater over to a nonprofit to run as a mixed use entertainment venue.  

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Balt Observer September 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Fortunately, I see closure coming for this unfortunate and sordid chapter of Senator history. I do believe that Kiefaber will be getting some jail time - probably not much, but I do think the court will take into account his history and will send a stronger message. I also hope that he is compelled to undergo psychiatric evaluation. The other great development is the Cusack's taking ownership of the theatre. This will truly remove a good deal of the FOTK's arguments. I am hopeful that the Senator is entering a bright new chapter of its history, and that some of those that have supported Kiefaber will choose to enter this new chapter with an open mind.
Bart September 03, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I just hope they do the best for Baltimore. I loved the Senator, knew Kiefaber, but never met him (actually he is a distant relative). The Senator is a rare gem that I hope can be preserved. Baltimore needs to preserve all its historical buildings, and I hope it is preserved as best it can be. Jail time for Kiefaber won't serve anyone other than to make some otherwise spiteful bystanders feel "justice has been done". Fear the punishers.
Balt Observer September 04, 2012 at 02:03 AM
You seem to have the misguided notion that this is a victimless crime. It is not. Perhaps instead of continuing with this irrational pity for Kiefaber, you should have more compassion for his victims that he has terrorized and threatened.
Buck Harmon September 04, 2012 at 02:29 AM
You sound more like the terrorist than Tom does Balt Observer...at least he doesn't hide behind a fake name while saying what's on his mind.....pure poo from you...silly boy..
Balt Observer September 04, 2012 at 02:47 AM
You might try actually reading the articles you are commenting on, Buck Harmon. Perhaps you'll learn something and put that knowledge to good use when you comment.


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