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. Make The Maryland Theatre part of your personalized Hagerstown itinerary using our Hagerstown vacation tool.
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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.
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...
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 theatre is a gem, and fortunate to still be around for our enjoyment. The new addition is fantastic and really improves the overall experience (and provides extra room for banquets). We most recently saw silent movies with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, and the whole family had a blast. Please, if you haven't caught a show lately, go support them, they truly deserve it!
Beautiful theatre. Went on a Sunday, so there was free street parking. The performance, "Underwater Bubble Show," was a great hit with the kids. Seats were comfortable and bathrooms clean. The theater is older, but kept up well, so very charming. Concession stands had long lines that moved fast. Highly recommend attending a performance here!
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