David R. Craig

Havre de Grace opens new theater in historic space

Havre de Grace opens new theater in historic space

The old and the new and the who's who of Harford County gathered Saturday in Havre de Grace to celebrate the opening of the waterfront city's modernized 19th-century center of civic and cultural life.

The Havre de Grace Opera House, built in 1870, has reopened after a three-year, $4 million transformation that has given it a new identity: The Cultural Center at the Opera House. The building, which seats slightly more than 200 people, is expected to entertain 20,000 spectators each year with plays, concerts and art shows.

“It’s a 19th-century building that is now 21st-century state-of-the-art,” said Rebecca Jessop, executive director of the Havre de Grace Arts...

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