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Hyattsville Turns 125 In Style At Arcade Building

Residents, city and county officials celebrated the city's 125th anniversary Friday night.

About 120 people came out to the Arcade building on Gallatin Street to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the City of Hyattsville.

The party featured hors d'ourvres, a DJ playing music from the past, a photography booth and plenty of drinks. Local officials including Hyattsville Mayor Marc Tartaro, Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker and state Delegate Anne Healey (D-Dist. 22) welcomed guests and spoke breifly to those gathered.

The Arcade was a fitting venue as its cornerstone was laid the same year the city was founded--in 1886--and it is being renovated by the into a performing arts center. 

Over Hyattsville's history the building has been used as a silent movie theatre, bowling alley and shopping mall, according to the city's website. The event was also referred to by organizers as a "hard hat tour" of the progress of the Arcade, although no hard hats were actually worn.

The city sold tickets for the event at a cost of $125 per couple, but residents who had lived in the city for more than 25 years were welcomed as guests of Tartaro and the City Council.

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