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More upgrades for Opera House

BALTIMORE – Volunteers with the Baltimore Downtown Restoration Committee and Victoria Opera House have had a busy couple months, said BDRC Director Judith Cosgray.

She said the Baltimore Farmers Market is closed after a successful re-launch this year and major restoration projects have been completed at the Victoria Opera House.

“We recently had the ceiling in the third floor ballroom painted,” Cosgray said. “I think it is either 14 or 16 feet tall so it was hard to do.” She said the opera house’s front doors were removed and completely restored, and a 16 feet movie screen was erected.

“Along with the movie screen, we purchased a portable sound system and microphone,” Cosgray said. Chair rail molding has also been finished.

“I can say I have been going in and out of the opera house for years and I have never known that front door to work so perfectly,” Cosgray said. “I know that sounds like a small thing, but it is exciting for us.” She said the front door restoration was made possible in part with a donation from the Fairfield Grange. “We hope to show a variety of films at the opera house in the future, and we would like to keep it low cost or free if possible,” Cosgray said.

She said a proposed upper story kitchen is still in the works. “We haven’t gotten to that point yet,” Cosgray said. “We hope to get to it soon!”

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