Baltimore offers a plethora of theaters and each offer a variety of entertainment. Due to its historical roots, many of Baltimore’s theaters are historic buildings such as the Lyric Opera House which opened in 1894.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

– established in 1916, was originally created as a branch of the local government. It is the only major American orchestra to be started this way. Visitors can now hear the beautiful sounds of this world-renowned orchestra at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall.

The Center Stage

– is one of the top ten regional theaters and is known for its creative interpretations of both classic and contemporary plays. It has been in operation for over 40 years. The theatre changes its performances often so be sure to check the schedule periodically to see what’s new in town.

The Arena Players, Inc.

– performs in the nation’s oldest continuously operating African-American theatre at 801 McCulloh Street, Baltimore.

The France-Merrick Performing Arts Center

– is located within the Hippodrome Theater which was recently renovated. The theatre was originally opened as a movie palace in 1914 for vaudeville performers. The improved center now hosts Broadway shows and various other performances.

The Vagabond Players

– operate in the oldest little theater in America. Performances are held every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The Creative Alliance at the Patterson in Canton offers performances in an informal 1930’s theater.

Below is a list of some of the theaters Baltimore has to offer. This is only a starting point as the city has a variety of performances and locations. A good place to find out what’s playing while you’re in town is the Baltimore Visitor Center or

Lyric Opera House
140 West Mt. Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21201

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra)
1212 Cathedral Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

France-Merrick Performing Arts Center
12 N. Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Shriver Hall Concert Series
Johns Hopkins University
Shriver Hall, Ste. 501
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Vagabond Players, Inc.
806 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21202

Creative Alliance at the Patterson
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21202