Everyman Theatre, one of Baltimore's best-loved theater troupes, officially came of age in January when the ensemble moved into the first building it has owned: the newly renovated Town Theatre on the West Side. Planning and construction consumed $18 million and more than six years. The transition also was a sign that the 23-year-old company has acquired a loyal audience and relative financial stability.
Another new neighbor will be the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, which is restoring the old Mercantile Trust and Deposit Co. building downtown. When Chesapeake Shakespeare moves in next year, the West Side will have the foundations of a significant theater district, anchored by the nearby Hippodrome Theatre, which reopened in 2004.