7 S. Potomac Street,
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Previous Names: Palace Theatre
The Palace Theatre opened in 1908 in the lower level of the Elks Club #378. When the building was constructed, the area occupied by the theatre was a furniture store. The Palace Theatre opened as a nickelodeon first and later sound was added.
The theatre was operated by the Elks for a short period of time in the 1920’s when the original operators (presumably) were financially unable to meet their rent. In the early 1930’s the theatre was taken over by Mr. Henry Weinberg of Frederick, MD and renamed Henry’s Theatre.
Mr. Weinberg and his sister Clara Wachter operated the theatre until 1948 when it was purchased by my dad. Dad ran the theatre from 1948 until it closed on December 5, 1979. The last film played was Topol in “Fiddler on the Roof”.
Some notable facts: the Henry’s was one of the first theatres in Maryland to have four track stereo sound. To its discredit, it was one of the last theatres to not allow black patrons.
The theatre is currently owned by the City of Hagerstown as the result of a gift of the Groh Foundation. By July 2021 it had become an arts center for students in the surrounding area, named Barabara Ingram School for the Arts. It is next door to the historic Maryland Theatre.
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