Ren­o­va­tion work at the Avalon Theatre in­cludes the bal­cony. en­hances the build­ing’s his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant art deco aes­thetic,” Al Bond, pres­i­dent and CEO of The Avalon Foun­da­tion, said.

New in­te­rior de­sign plans for the venue have it re­turn­ing to its ap­pear­ance cir­ca1930s, when it was a vaude­ville theatre.

“Many of the art deco el­e­ments in the the­ater re­main from that era, while oth­ers have been lost over the years,” Woot­ers said. “We’ve care­fully re­searched old pho­to­graphs of the in­te­rior from the Tal­bot County Li­brary’s Mary­land Room his­tor­i­cal ar­chives. There is strong em­pha­sis be­ing placed on keep­ing ev­ery­thing as au­then­tic and co­he­sive as pos­si­ble, all of which has gone be­fore the Mary­land His­tor­i­cal Com­mis­sion and re­ceived fi­nal ap­proval.”

Fresh dec­o­ra­tive paint­ing shall see many of the rec­og­niz­able el­e­ments bright­ened up and adorn­ing a few new ar­eas within the the­ater as well. The ar­ti­sans in­volved will not only re­fur­nish the ex­ist­ing art deco fin­ishes but also ap­ply pro­tec­tive coat­ings to pre­serve them for years to come. The over­all scope of im­prove­ments in­cludes the stage, seat­ing, bal­conies, lobby, hall­ways, down­stairs bath­rooms and se­cond floor fa­cil­i­ties.

“We are ex­cited to par­tic­i­pate in this up­date, and know that it will cre­ate a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence for the au­di­ence … and all who en­joy use of this val­ued com­mu­nity as­set,” Woot­ers said.

Work be­gan in Au­gust, fol­low­ing the Avalon Foun­da­tion’s 14th an­nual Plein Air Fes­ti­val. The project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Oc­to­ber 2018.

Woot­ers of­fered spe­cial thanks to the Mary­land Room at the Tal­bot County Public Li­brary.

For more project in­for­ma­tion, visit www.dwelling and­de­sign.com and www. aval­on­foun­da­tion.org.

Ren­o­va­tions at the Avalon Theatre be­gan in Au­gust.

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