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“Don't underestimate this gem of a theater/entertainment venue an hour from major cities with amazing ticket prices”

Weinberg Center for the Arts
Ranked #11 of 61 things to do in Frederick
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Housed in a former 1926 silent movie palace, the Weinberg Center for the Arts presents a wide range of dramatic, musical, artistic and educational programs. With world-class performances from September through June each year, this local landmark enhances our area’s cultural life and ensures that the arts remain accessible and affordable to the broadest possible audience. A full listing of upcoming events can be found on our website. Free backstage tours of the venue are also offered on a regular basis.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed March 8, 2012

The Weinberg Center for the Arts in beautiful historic downtown Frederick, MD bills itself at the jewel of Frederick, and that's indeed the case. Just an hour's drive from Baltimore, Washington, Annapolis, Harrisburg, it's got a line-up of shows that rival anything put on in those cities, but without the high cost of tickets (average in DC = $100, Weinberg = $25-45).

Performances are remarkably high-end - Garrison Keillor, Bebe Neuwirth, David Desaris, the Temptations, Esperanza Spaulding, Imagination Movers, Jack Hanna, Bela Fleck and the original Flecktones, for instance, movie series, the Nutcracker with professional principals, local community dance recitals, country music concerts, Christian rock shows, Grateful Dead tribute bands, community sings, Menopause the Musical, etc. Check the website: www.WeinbergCenter.org.

The theater itself is a 1920's gem in the process of being faithfully restored (new chairs are comfortable, wider, beautiful, i.e, and wait until you see the wall decor!) in the heart of a vibrant, artsy, attractive downtown full of surprisingly good restaurants (check out Wash Post's Tom Sietsema's reviews) and wine bars, antiques, home decor, outdoor outfitters, and unexpectedly interesting art and gift shops. Plan to shop and/or dine around your visit. Everything's within four blocks of the theater.

Parking is adjacent to theater in city parking deck ($1 to exit after evening performances); if a performance is sold out (1100+ seats), other parking decks are 1-2 blocks away.

Tips:
1. Theater offers full bar and candy/snack concessions.
2. Sometimes front orchestra seats are almost too close to the stage - I like rows H and up.
3. Buy your tickets in person at the friendly box office to save fees. If you do call for tix or reserve online, will-call is managed easily and and efficiently.
4. There's a Mighty Wurlitzer organ played by a master keyboardist for silent movies, not to be missed.
5. Handicapped accommodations in the theater itself are excellent - spacious, with great view of the stage, and volunteer ushers are plentiful and extremely helpful.

Caveats:
1. There is no elevator to mezzanine and balcony seats and second set of restrooms.
2. First floor restrooms are not that spacious for wheelchairs.
3. Local liquor laws forbid alcohol in the theater itself, but the bar stays open until intermission in the lobby for most performances. You can bring water, soda, popcorn, and candy into the theater.

4  Thank suomigrrl
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Reviewed March 7, 2012

I love the variety of shows that come. I've seen performances by Jim Brickman, the Ballet, National Deaf Theater, and so many more. I grew up looking forward to opportunities to go!

Thank SunShyneBYU
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Reviewed March 2, 2012

Real nice atmosphere and good programs. Frederick area is very nice.

Thank Jonathan M
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Reviewed February 26, 2012

We went to the premiere of StepDance and, as always, were very impressed by the Weinberg's customer service, beautiful venue and top-notch offerings. We love the beautiful art deco touches and really appreciate the attentive service, which begins at Will Call and concludes with helpful ushers working to solve any problem you might have. The inexpensive parking in the adjacent garage ($1 on weekends) means that arts lovers on a budget know just what they will spend.

Special thanks to the ticket sales folks, who were so kind to me when tickets went on sale many weeks ago. My ticket agent spent a lot of time with me when I called - he made me feel as though I were the only customer in the world, even though I knew the phone was ringing. This is theatre as it's meant to happen - and we'll be back!

(Tip: There is no elevator, so visitors with mobility issues should buy tickets on the main level.)

Thank Sagouine
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Reviewed February 15, 2012

Howie Mandel put on a great show. The theatre was beautiful and the staff was friendly and efficient. I couldn't believe how wild the audience was. I believe the comic said it was the first time he ever had an audience heckle other audience members.

Thank margaritasinmexi
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