- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Supporters of the performing arts in Hagerstown are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the renovated Maryland Theatre.

The Herald-Mail reports (https://bit.ly/1CorGi2 ) that the venue reopened Thursday after a $1.5 million project to replace the seats and upgrade the heating and cooling systems.

Mayor David Gysberts (GYZE’-berts) says the renovation demonstrates the community’s commitment to arts and culture.

Theater officials gave special thanks to the local Hamilton Family Foundation for donating more than $400,000 for plaster work after part of an upper balcony ceiling fell during a performance in 2013.

The theater is home to the Miss Maryland pageant and the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

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Information from: The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., https://www.herald-mail.com

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