Maryland Theatre 100th Anniversary
The Maryland Theatre is celebrating 100 years. The cornerstone of Hagerstown’s Arts and Entertainment District was built in 1915. Thomas W. Lamb, one of the theatre’s designers, was one of the leading architects behind the boom in movie theater construction during the 1910s and 1920s, designing theaters in major cities like San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Hollywood and internationally.
The theatre opened its doors on May 10, 1915 as a vaudeville house. Movies were shown and a live orchestra played music in the pit until 1929 when sound came to movies. The theatre was partially destroyed by a fire in 1974 and fell into disrepair for several years but reopened in 1978. Today the theatre hosts a variety of events year-round and is known for its beautiful Art Deco and neoclassical interior as well as its acoustics.
The Theatre is home to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, Hagerstown Community Concert Association, City Ballet Company and the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts.
In preparation for a major expansion to restore the theatre back to street level as it was prior to the fire and in order to celebrate the 100th Anniversary celebration, theatre representatives embarked on a $2 million capital improvement project to the existing facility in 2014.