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Arts Playlist: Milton Theatre reopens its doors

The Milton Theatre closed in early March because of the coronavirus pandemic. But now it's starting to book new shows for the remainder of 2020.

Museums, theaters and other arts institutions across Delaware have been closed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March.


But as Delaware moves from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of its reopening plan - a number of them are starting to welcome visitors back through their doors.

That includes the Milton Theatre.



Milton Theatre executive director Fred Munzert says the 110-year-old venue is now open again and welcoming its audience back with a variety of movies, shows and other programs.


“We’re doing well here; we’ve been shuttered for awhile," said Munzert. "But we’re ready to get back up and running and things going - so we’re in good shape.”


And Munzert says they hope to make up for lost time.


“Our website - is the best place to see the most recent updates. Because we’re really trying to get our footing, we don’t have plans way in advance. We just have up to nine months out. But check each week on the Milton Theatre website and you’re going to see lots of great offerings," said Munzert. "In addition to indoors, we have a beautiful outdoor space and we had a great outdoor event last week, with people sitting on picnic benches and in Adirondacks.”


But Munzert concedes the theatre is taking a financial hit from losing much of its planned schedule, including national acts.  It was forced to cancel six-months worth of shows.

And what they are able to do in 2020 will be a far cry from the 60,000 people who visited the venue last year to see one of an estimated 400 events.


Click here for a full list of upcoming shows and events.


Kelli Steele has over 30 years of experience covering news in Delaware, Baltimore, Winchester, Virginia, Phoenix, Arizona and San Diego, California.