Ocean City Performing Arts Center

Ocean City, MD

1,216-seat performance and event space
2,400-SF proscenium stage
Fly gallery, orchestra pit, green rooms, dressing rooms, pre-function space
Design Architect: GWWO Architects; Managing Firm: Becker Morgan Group
Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Feasibility Study, Interior Design, Full Design Services

Previously underutilized, the former Exhibit Hall C at the Ocean City Convention Center was transformed into a grand 1,216-seat multipurpose performance space for the Town of Ocean City. To accomplish the design, a ballroom above the exhibit hall was demolished and the large concrete columns that divided the space were removed. Balconies were then added to create a flexible and intimate theater experience.

Materials and finishes project a warm, modern image and absorb sound and minimize reverberation. The inviting atmosphere, optimal acoustical quality, and state-of-the-art AV equipment, combined with thoughtfully laid out and well-equipped back of house spaces, provide the town with a theater that works as well behind the scenes as it does for the audience.

“It’s an absolute jewel, and not just to Ocean City and Worcester County, but the entire Eastern Shore.”

—Larry Noccolino, Director, Ocean City Convention Center