BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Construction is set to begin this fall on a new performance and event space next to the Hippodrome Theater that will allow the arts complex to host more shows and accommodate the needs of smaller performing arts groups.
The Hippodrome Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that hosts outreach and education programs at the largest performing arts center in France-Merrick, announced Tuesday that crews will begin the renovation of 18.6 million dollars from a former bank next to the theater in the coming months.
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The project is expected to be completed in 2023. Once completed, the new space, known as the M&T Bank Pavilion, will allow the arts center to collectively accommodate 3,200 people and host hundreds of events, including regional and traveling shows smaller than the Broadway. productions on the main stage.
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“This new space will allow the Foundation to offer even more educational programs and diverse artistic presentations while providing accessible and more affordable rental space for small cultural organizations,” said Wally Pinkard, President of the Hippodrome Foundation. “He’s a winner.”
According to foundation websitethe building that will house the new space was originally built as Eutaw Savings Bank in 1881 and has stood empty since the theater reopened in 2004 after a comprehensive renovation.
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The state acquired the former Palace of Cinema and Vaudeville Theater and three adjacent buildings in the 1990s to create the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, according to the foundation.