Governor Larry Hogan Breaks Ground at The Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown
Project is Part of More Than $8 Million in State Funding for Hagerstown Revitalization
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Governor Larry Hogan today joined state and local officials for a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the expansion and restoration of the historic Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown, Md. Governor Hogan was joined by Senator Andrew Serafini, Delegate Paul Corderman, President of the Washington County Commissioners Terry Baker, and Hagerstown Mayor Bob Bruchey.
“Built 103 years ago in 1915, this theatre has long been the cornerstone of Hagerstown’s arts and entertainment district,” said Governor Hogan. “This exciting new 30,000 square foot expansion project will more than double the available space of The Maryland Theatre, make it more accessible to visitors, and finally restore it to its former glory, prior to the damage caused by the fire in the early 1970s.”
In October of 2016, the Hogan administration held the first regional cabinet meeting in The Maryland Theatre, bringing state government directly to the people of Washington County and continuing to make good on the governor’s pledge that Western Maryland would no longer be neglected as in prior years. Following the meeting, the governor spent several days touring small businesses and meeting with local leaders and residents, including discussions about a proposed Hagerstown urban improvement project.
“We promised to go back and work with our team to quickly study how the state might potentially partner in these efforts,” said Governor Hogan. “Two months later we came back to Hagerstown to announce our investment in this important project – so far – our administration has been proud to commit more than $8 million to assist with the revitalization of Hagerstown.”
The Maryland Theatre draws approximately 100,000 visitors each year and is part of Hagerstown’s Arts and Entertainment district, featuring a new high school for the visual and performing arts, offices of the Washington County Arts Council, and numerous new businesses and retail enterprises.