Md. Theatre may have new director by Feb. 1

January 19, 1997


Staff Writer

Maryland Theatre may have a new managing director by Feb. 1, Acting Director and Board President Patricia Wolford said Friday.

Seven candidates, all local, applied for the job which will pay a salary in the low-to-mid-$20,000s, she said.

In recent months, the theater's staff has been reduced from five full-time people to between 2.5 and 3.5 positions and a part-time crew of up to 35 people for shows, she said.

The theater made a $41,207 mortgage payment on Dec. 31. Wolford had hoped to reduce that payment to $25,000 but bank officials required the full amount.


A balloon mortgage payment of $130,000 is due in May but Wolford said she hopes to renegotiate it to a lower amount.

"There is no way the theater can put together a $130,000 payment unless we win the lottery," she said.

Wolford said she would like to reduce the theater's yearly mortgage payments to between $20,000 and $30,000.

The theater has cut the amount of interest it must pay each month on its mortgage from between $1,300 and $1,500 to about $1,000, Wolford said.

Plans in the new year include increasing rentals of the historic theater. "We're going to promote it as a rental establishment, hopefully through the Maryland Film Association," she said.

A Maryland Theatre home page on the Internet also is in the works and will include a listing of upcoming shows and photographs of the interior of the theater, Wolford said.

Some of the theater's 22 bookings in the first six months of 1997 include Phantom of the Opera on March 3, Pocahontas on March 21, Gettysburg Night on April 25, the Miss Maryland Show on May 4, Gallagher on May 16 and 17, Passion Play on May 28 and the Blues Fest Performance on June 6.

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