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ACM’s Zimmer Theatre Receives $2.6 Million in Renovation funds

March 7th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

When the Dr. Robert S. Zimmer Theatre’s doors at Allegany College of Maryland reopen to the public this summer, it will be the culmination of thousands of hours of planning, design, demolition, construction, technology and sound engineering, and theatrical riggingPlanning for the capital project began in 2021, with construction starting in November of 2022. A public ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Zimmer Theatre is planned for autumn. 


Much of the $2.6 million renovation is funded through public sourcesACM received a $187,500 Community Project Funding grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a $150,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, three Seed Community Development Anchor Institution Fund grants totaling $900,000 from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, and a $250,000 Rural Maryland Prosperity Investment Fund grant from the Rural Maryland Council to make the project possibleA $100,000 donation from the ACM Foundation and additional college funds were allocated towards the project.  


The renovation includes readily apparent cosmetic changesnew state-of-the-art sound and stage equipmenttechnology for online and distance learning, and sound and lighting improvements to adjacent second-floor areas.  


Upon completion, the Zimmer Theatre will resume its dual role as a college and community theatre for academic classes, workforce and professional development trainings, student events, lectures, meetings, town halls, public and cultural eventsperformances, and film screenings. It will have a 343-seating capacity.