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The Maryland Theatre, Hagerstown

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Theater · Concert / Show
The Maryland Theatre is a music and entertainment venue located in the Arts and Entertainment District of downtown Hagerstown, Maryland. It was built in 1915, partially destroyed by fire in 1974, and reopened in 1978. The theatre's seating capacity is 1,279 people, and it hosts performances of orchestra concerts, country artists, comedians, children's shows, musicians, recitals, stage shows, and others. Over 81,000 patrons attended performances at the Maryland Theatre in 2005, making it one of Maryland's premier venues for the performing arts. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra performs here regularly. The theater features a fully restored Wurlitzer theatre organ.
The Maryland Theatre was designed by architect Harry E. Yessler of Hagerstown, in association with prominent theater architect Thomas W. Lamb of New York. Interior design was by Arthur Brounet of New York. The contractor was George Wolfe of Hagerstown.
The original facade of the theater at 21-25 South Potomac Street was a five story apartment block. The theater occupies the interior of the first block of South Potomac Street, and was originally entered through the ground floor of the apartments. The chief character of the theater, even prior to the 1974 fire that destroyed the front block and main lobby, was to be found in its interior. The interior is primarily neoclassical in character, with Art Deco influences. The house features a prominent proscenium arch framing the stage house. The auditorium has three boxes on either side of the auditorium level and three to each side on the balcony level, set in an arched niche. The small interior lobby is restrained in its detailing, with a grand stair from the main level to the balcony level. A smaller stair continues to the upper balcony.
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  • Many folks are not aware that parking can be paid for at the exit with a credit card [no cash]. saves standing in a line at the machine.  more »
  • We've visited many venues in the DC area and would return to this one. Only complaint is parking--have to walk across the street to a parking garage. Waited in a long line to use a single machine...  more »
  • The theater is under renovation and is looking great. We had balcony seats with a terrific view of the stage. We had to descend around 10 or 12 steps to get to our seats but there is no handrail. At my age, that is dangerous! The leg room is a little tight when sitting for several hours but the theater has such old world charm, it's worth a little discomfort to experience this venue. I feel blessed to have this lovely theater in our tiny town. And parking in the garage was TWO dollars. Try finding that in a big city.
  • In reply to comment about the balcony "shaking". I managed the theatre and the balcony is designed to do that. It's totally appropriate and very safe. Thomas Lamb designed the building. He was one of the best theatre architects of his time and many of buildings are still in use today, like the Hippodrome in Baltimore and the Beacon in NY.

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