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Everyman Theatre to open in long-abandoned site

Monday - 1/14/2013, 9:29am  ET

BALTIMORE - The Everyman Theatre is opening in its new home in a long-abandoned historic theater on Baltimore's west side with a week of festivities.

A ribbon cutting is planned for Monday morning with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and other officials. The theater will celebrate its grand opening with a gala on Saturday night.

The Everyman's newly renovated home is a theater on West Fayette Street. It originally opened as The Empire in 1910 as a vaudeville house. Later it became a burlesque theater, then was closed for "indecency" of the performances and was converted to a parking garage. Later it became a movie house but fell into disrepair and closed in 1990.

Bank of America and the Harold A. Dawson Trust donated the theater to the Everyman in 2006.

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