Historic Theater in the Hub of Eastern Shore Culture

Part of the 100 Things to Do Between the Bridge and the Beach Series
The historic Avalon Theater on Dover Street in downtown Easton, MD was proclaimed as the “Showplace of the Eastern Shore” since shortly after it was built in 1921.  It is true that Easton is the cultural hub of Delmarva.  The streets are lined with art galleries, fine restaurants, upscale shops and the Academy of Art Museum.  It’s only fitting that Easton would have live theater as well.

Today, this magnificently restored, Art Deco style performing arts center features live entertainment year-round. The theater has an orchestra section and a two-tiered balcony level. In full concert, the Avalon can hold 400 people, and all seats are GOOD seats.

There are several venues in the building.  Stage performances in the main theater can range from folk music, Celtic dancers, stage plays, ballet, and single acts such as Nancy Griffith, Leon Redbone, Joan Baez, The Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Leo Kotke, Cheryl Wheeler, Lucy Kaplansky, and the Four Tops.  The Stoltz Listening Room has more local talent and includes poetry readings, musical performances and live broadcasts.  The Avalon even has The Metropolitan Opera live in HD playing on a large screen.  Go to the Opera without going to New York.

For more information and a calendar of performances, check out the Avalon Theater’s website. Consider spending the evening in Easton, dining at one of the outstanding restaurants before taking in a show at the Avalon, which is conveniently located in the heart of a premier historic small town. Restaurants, shops, galleries, museums and lodging – all located downtown – are within walking distance.

THE AVALON’S RESIDENT GHOSTS

The Avalon Theater has had a resident ghost for decades according to some Eastonians. The ghost evidently likes to ride the elevator. Late at night workers still in the theater after events will report hearing the elevator door open, lights come on, and the elevator rising to the second or third floor on its own. They say it later makes its way down again with no one visibly on board.  A vaudeville actress either died or was murdered in the Avalon.  Where do you think they found her?  Right.  In the elevator.  A picture of her with several other actresses hangs in the Avalon lobby.   Knives have also been known to shoot across the room in third floor area.  There was once a bar there and two bar tenders saw the antics with flying knives.  One left immediately and never returned … not even for her paycheck.

 

Avalon Theater
40 East Dover Streetf
Easton, MD 21601
Box Office – 410.822.7299
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100 Things to Do Between the Bridge and the Beach

Every year millions of people cross a bridge to travel to the Atlantic Beaches on Delmarva. It may be the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel or a bridge over the Delaware Canal. They may be headed to Ocean City, Chincoteague, Rehoboth, Bethany, Dewey or Assateague, but most don’t know about the fabulous sites and attractions they are passing by. This series offers 100 fun things you can do between the Bridge and the Beach encouraging visitors to pull off the highway, take a day trip, and widen your vacation scope of activities – or make the Eastern Shore a destination when you’re not headed for the beach.

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