Hundreds of Hagerstown residents filled the street Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the Maryland Theatre’s final beam being placed.
The Maryland Theatre placed the last beam in their 14-month construction plan. The 30,000 square foot expansion will restore the theatre to its original footprint prior to a fire in the 1970’s. Hagerstown locals have been a part of the construction since July of 2018, and they surrounded the area celebrating as the last beam was placed.
“Personally, I’m really excited, but way more excited for the community and city of Hagerstown.” said Past President of the Maryland Theatre Board of Directors Ron Bowes. “You can see the sign over my shoulder, we are 94-percent funded, and by being 94-percent funded by the time October 11th, 2019 comes along, we will owe nothing on this facility. But watching the professional workforce that’s building this, it’s a dream come true and it’s vision that’s long overdue. And the perseverance of so many has finally become reality today.”
“It’s exciting as a photographer but also as a family to go and see the shows and continue seeing it on a great stage but now going into a space that will just be phenomenal, so it’s super exciting.” said Owner of Wertman Photography Monika Wertman.
Executive Director Jessica Green said the whole process wouldn’t have been possible without her great team.
“It just shows we have a great team of volunteers, contractors, designers, everyone, and it truly epitomizes what this project is about.” said Green. “It’s about partnerships, it’s about collaborations, a private public partnership and our community.”
The theatre’s expansion is expected to be finished this October.