Druid Theater

9840 Main Street,
Damascus, MD 20872

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Druid Theater

This theater was built in 1947 and was shut down in 1990. It sat empty for a while and then it was turned into an office building and retail use.

The outside still looks like the old theater. On the left side of it was a soda shop where the teenangers could hang out and on the right side was a local bank.

Contributed by Bob Windsor

Recent comments (view all 19 comments)

kencmcintyre on November 10, 2007 at 5:35 pm

Here is another photo. It looks there is a drug store in at least part of the building:

RNTN1962 on August 6, 2010 at 11:08 am

Glad to find this site. I lived in an apartment on the upper level of the theater building from 1947 to 1952. If you faced the front of the theater, Dr. Boyer’s office was on the left and Count’s restaurant was on the right. My dad was the only dentist in town at the time and his office was also on the upper level of the theater building until his retirement in 1970. Many great memories are associated with the Druid Theater and the Clodfelter family.

JRWaters on December 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm

I know a little about the Druid Theater, my parents lived in the upper level aparment in 1982. They were part of the Crate Family that ran the Druid. I wasn’t alive when they lived there, but got to visit the Druid many times as a young child. My Grandparents Donald & Grindela Crate was running the Theater at the time that I would visit. I remember he would sit me and my cousing on the glass candy counter and trick us by holding candy right under the glass and wait for us to grab for it. The Tuxedo shop and a Produce Stand were also a part of the Druid history.

My father also oped Studio 108 on route 108 facing the theater on the right. It was a Teen Disco Tech. There slogan was “Studio 108, Twice as good as 54".

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Impressive looking theatre.Nice picture and Stories.

DCRC on September 1, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Who owns Druid theater now? There is a group that would like to lobby to revitalize it.

CClodfelter on October 5, 2015 at 4:36 am

I was carried here when I was a child for my Nana Miles funeral. I was taken by my father James Robert Clodfelter and my Mother, Elizabeth W. Clodfelter to visit the family when I was a newborn.

Christopher A. Clodfelter

jabber on November 26, 2015 at 4:48 am

I love and appreciate all the information on this site. Going to the Druid is one of my favorite childhood memories. Does anyone have any pictures from inside? I’ve been teaching my students about Damascus History and would love to be able to share even more.


boonies on January 19, 2016 at 5:29 am

I remember hearing stories from Mrs. Clodfelter how she used to roller skate up and down Main Street. I walk by that house every week to go to Rite Aid and I miss seeing it there. I’m sure everyone had fond memories of them and Damascus.

bdefayette on January 19, 2016 at 7:55 pm

I remember the theater very well. Went to school with the crate clan and loved seeing Mr. and Mrs. Crate at the theater (along with working on their vehicles). These are the projectors that were in the Theater. Not a picture of the exact projectors but almost the same setup. When the theater was “remodeled” I had the projectors cut out and taken to the street level to save them from the dumpster. Just as I was getting them loaded the demolition contractor decided he was going to “donate” them to a museum somewhere (I don’t remember where he said it was, probably his garage). Anyway I don’t know what happened to them. Peerless E-7 Magnarc Projectors. http://www.moorlyn.com/Strandimages/Strand12.jpg

Spynee on January 21, 2016 at 3:29 am

There was a small narow stage behind the screen. I actually plaed on the stage two times in my life. the first time was in 1979 with the Damascus Comunity Band. Directed by Mat Kuhn. and the second time in 1987 with my band Spynee Norman when I released two singles. As a child I saw many movies there

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