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Historic Marquee Re-Installed in Chestertown

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CHESTERTOWN, Md.- Christmas has come early for Chestertown. The town's 80-year-old fully restored marquee was re-installed Tuesday at the historic Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre.

"It's a huge deal to us. Since it's been down it was sort of a hallmark to the community. The streets have been a little dark since it went away and this is tremendous, we are looking forward to lighting it up for the first Friday, it's fabulous to have the marquee back," said Garfield Center Director Kathryn Bursick.

Workers were putting the finishing touches on installing the marquee, and people in Chestertown say that without it, it just was not the same.

"It's always been apart of the town since I have lived here and it's something that was missing," said Steve Goldblatt of Chestertown.

Over the years the marquee started to deteriorate, but after its restoration, it is set to last for another 80 years.

Marry Besse has lived in Chestertown for more than 40 years. She said that with the holidays coming up, it is the perfect time for the marquee to be re-installed.

"It was in very bad shape and it just seemed like there was a part of Chestertown that was missing because this is one of the most well known places here," Besse said. "It used to be a movie theater and it's next to a hotel and you'll be able to see once it gets put back up what a statement it makes for the town."

Filling an empty void out front of the Garfield Center and the entire community.

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