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Visitors to the Weinberg Center for the Arts this season enjoyed a freshly renovated lobby with new colors and a more vibrant look. But the view inside the theater didn’t quite match the lobby.

That will all change during the summer as the inside of the downtown Frederick theater gets the same facelift the lobby and outer areas received, according to John Healey, the executive theater manager for the Weinberg. The renovations began this week, and are expected to be finished in time for the opening in September.

The theater normally doesn’t schedule events in the summer, he said.

“Last year we started right out at the street and we went right through the balcony,” he said. “Because of schedule we stopped there.”

The inside of the theater is receiving fresh paint and some plaster repairs where water damage has occurred during the theater’s 34 years. It’s part of a $1 million renovation campaign that started in 2008 and is funded by private donations, Healey said.

“Hopefully we’re going to be complete with the interior renovations,” he said. “But it’s an old building, you’re always going to be doing things. We’re glad to see this coming along on schedule.”

Originally opened as the Tivoli Theater in 1926, it changed hands several times before closing due to damage from the floods of 1976, according to its website. It reopened as the Weinberg Center for the Arts in 1978.

tlaino@gazette.net