Morris Gets Rave Reviews


The Morris Performing Arts Center is getting rave reviews for the economic role it plays downtown.

A new study shows that patrons of the Morris and the neighboring Palais Ballroom spend some $5.6 million in the area.

Most of the money—55-percent---is spent on food and refreshment.

“People are spending an average of 33 dollars” said the author of the study, Ashley Oberst, a St. Mary’s College senior.

“Most live locally. 87%, they’re spending that money in local restaurants.”

Just three years ago another study pegged the economic impact of the Morris at $3.1 million.

The increase in spending is said to be connecting to increasing crowds at the Morris.


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