Druid Theater

9840 Main Street,
Damascus, MD 20872

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Druid Theater

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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

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adix5689
adix5689 on December 11, 2006 at 12:46 pm

I went to the druid theater a couple of times right before it closed. My parents live in damascus so I get to drive buy the druid everytime I see them. A rite aid and some offices are there now. When the theater was in operation it had a tuxedo shop in the theater. Right before it closed I remember the theater was in disrepair.

rabieshot
rabieshot on December 22, 2006 at 9:15 pm

Where the tuxcedo shop was use to be the concession stand. In the back of the lobby, I think where they moved the concession stand use to be an setting area for intermissions and a place to use the telephone. As a child, my father would go there on Saturdays and watch movies all day for a dime. I grew up in Damascus and went there up until I moved away. In grade school, all of my friends would there on Friday nights. As I remember, the ticket price was a $1.50. I have a lot of memories of that fantastic theater.

DruClodfelter
DruClodfelter on January 27, 2007 at 9:15 am

I am very familiar with the Druid Theatre, since I lived next door and worked there as a teenager. My dad was the owner and operator…Druid A. Clodfelter…I am Druid M. Clodfelter.Dad always
said he named the theatre after me, however he was such a humble person I was never sure about this. One of the unique things about this theatre, being built in 1947, was it had Central Air Conditioning…not many homes, if any had this feature.Dad use to laugh and swear , folks came to the theatre to cool off, whether they
like the movie or not. Walt Disney movies always drew the biggest
crowds…sure glad, I found this web site. !!!

Druid Clodfelter

rabieshot
rabieshot on January 27, 2007 at 8:41 pm

I am sure glad to hear from someone who has first hand knowledge of the theater. This place has left such a memeory in my mind and life that I will never forget. I was heartbroken when the theater was turned into an office space/retail store. I was really hoping that someone would have step up and tried to restore the grand ole place. Thanks for joining the forum here.

TedPurvis
TedPurvis on June 29, 2007 at 8:23 pm

I worked the projection booth at the Druid as a teenager in the 1980s. It was operated as a second-run theater by then, showing films that had been out for several weeks and charging less for them.

The theater was still operating with its original 1940s projection equipment at that time: carbon arc lighthouses and twin projectors with manual changeovers. I believe this equipment was still in working order when the theater was gutted.

The theater also had a private viewing box next to the projection booth, and a small apartment above the lobby (neither open to the public).

It was granted historic landmark status, which is why they had to leave the facade intact when they converted it to retail space.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 10, 2007 at 3:35 pm

Here is another photo. It looks there is a drug store in at least part of the building:
http://tinyurl.com/36gspb

RNTN1962
RNTN1962 on August 6, 2010 at 8:08 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
JRWaters on December 27, 2010 at 3:28 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 4:42 pm

Impressive looking theatre.Nice picture and Stories.

DCRC
DCRC on September 1, 2014 at 2:07 pm

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

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