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Hagerstown City Council OKs $22,411 for theater sound system upgrade

April 10, 2013

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the allocation of $22,411 to The Maryland Theatre for its sound system upgrade project.

The total cost of the project is $44,822, according to an April 5 memo from John Lestitian, the city’s director of economic and community development, to Bruce Zimmerman, city administrator.

Drawing from its general fund revenue, the city is funding half of the project, the other half will be funded by the Washington County Office of Community Grant Management, the memo states.

A March 21 letter from James Hovis, director of the Washington County Office of Community Grant Management, to Karen Giffin, the city’s community affairs manager, the upgraded sound system will allow the theater to no longer rent sound equipment and  attract “bigger names.”

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According to a March 13 letter from The Maryland Theatre’s Operations Manager Jessica Green to Giffin, the sound board recently was upgraded but the rest of the sound system, which includes speakers, amplifiers and microphones, is approximately 30 years old.

The Maryland Theatre is visited by more than 65,000 patrons a year, Green said.

— Holly Shok

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