- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown is seeking public funds for $1.5 million in improvements before its 100th birthday next year.

The Herald-Mail (https://bit.ly/1iV6gSj ) reported in its Wednesday edition on plans for the theater that is home to the Miss Maryland pageant.

Theater managers are seeking $260,000 each from the city and Washington County, plus $750,000 from the state. They say they’ve received $260,000 in private donations.

Theater officials say repairs are needed to the heating and cooling systems, seating and lighting.

They’re already working on the ceiling after a chunk of plaster broke free during a performance in November. Nobody was hurt.

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