It’s been one of the much anticipated moments for Downtown Hagerstown. Governor Larry Hogan helped turn dirt for the groundbreaking Maryland Theatre expansion in downtown Hagerstown.
“And we pledged back when I was running for Governor and every time that I’ve been back since that Western Maryland is no longer going to be forgotten, neglected or ignored,” said Governor Larry Hogan.
The theater has been the cornerstone of Hagerstown’s Art and Entertainment district since it was built in 1915. The exciting new 30,000 square foot expansion project will more than double the available space of the Maryland Theatre, making it more accessible to visitors.
“The biggest thing is the architecture and for my kids to be able to see how the theatre’s evolved has been very very impressive,” Delegate Mike McKay.
“I did because perseverance will win out and if you work hard enough and do your homework, it can happen despite the nay-sayers,” said Ron Bowers, former president of the Board of Directors.
Governor Hogan said he committed to a state investment of more than $8 billion to assist with the revitalization that will offer space for event rentals, small performance space, a ballroom, vendor show area and rehearsal studio.
“As the Governor of the state, we’ll keep coming back. We’re going to do everything we can to revitalize this town and the rest of Western Maryland,” said Hogan.
The expansion project has been in the works ever since a fire destroyed the front part of the theater.
Local leaders, legislatures, business officials along with the community’s support made Saturday day a reality.
1,300 people will be able to enjoy each performance in the historic auditorium and expanded theater.