Embassy Theatre (Cumberland, Maryland)

The Embassy Theatre is a performance theater located in the downtown mall of Cumberland, Maryland at 49 Baltimore St. The theater mounts live performances of classic theatre fare such as Kurt Weill's Threepenny Opera[2] and Kander and Ebb's Cabaret, as well as lesser-known work such as "The Mystery of Irma Vep" and "The Lady In Question," original works and local historical plays. Other entertainment presented at the theatre includes movies and musical concerts. Originally opened as a movie theater in 1931, it then became a curtain and drapery store, and finally was remodeled to a live performance theater and allied arts venue. Until December 2014, the theatre was operated as the New Embassy Theatre. Recently remodeled, it now operates as the Embassy Theatre.[3]

Downtown Cumberland Historic District
The Embassy Theatre in 2021
Embassy Theatre (Cumberland, Maryland) is located in Maryland
Embassy Theatre (Cumberland, Maryland)
Embassy Theatre (Cumberland, Maryland) is located in the United States
Embassy Theatre (Cumberland, Maryland)
Location49 Baltimore St., Cumberland, Maryland
Coordinates39°39′04.3″N 78°45′44.2″W / 39.651194°N 78.762278°W / 39.651194; -78.762278
ArchitectHodgens and Hills
Architectural styleArt Deco
NRHP reference No.83002917[1]
Added to NRHPAugust 4, 1983

The Embassy was designed by architects Hodgens and Hills in the Art Deco style. The building features prominent fluted pilasters, topped with finials illuminated with neon. The theater is a major contributing feature of the Downtown Cumberland Historic District.[4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ "The Threepenny Opera". The Allegany Arts Council. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Friends of Film". Cumberland Times News. 30 March 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  4. ^ Ware, Donna; Henry, Geoffrey (April 1983). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Downtown Cumberland Historic District" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 9 April 2021.