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It’s a short trip to Baltimore to sit in one of the booths occupied by the guys from the coming-of-age movie “Diner.” The diner recently reopened in Charm City, just in time to reminisce before going to the Delaware Theatre Company’s musical production of “Diner.” There’s a lot of buzz about the show, which opens Dec. 2. Tickets are flying out the door. Barry Levinson, who wrote and directed the movie version 33 years ago, is in Wilmington. Sheryl Crow, who penned the music and lyrics for the show, is here, too. In the movie, the original diner is called the Fells Point Diner. Today, it’s known as the Hollywood Diner and has stood at the corner of Holliday and Saratoga streets in Baltimore since 1984, operating under various proprietors. It closed in 2013, seemingly the end of a long run. In October, a group called The Gathering Project, took it over and created a food truck park. The original diner serves as a spot where people can eat the food they purchase at one of the food trucks that gather there each weekday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. On Sunday mornings, a brunch bar operates next to the diner, which is on the perimeter of Baltimore’s famous farmers’ market. Grab a Bloody Mary or mimosa and pick out a seat where the movie characters Boogie, Fenwick and Shrevie tried to figure out women and life. For information on the diner, visit https://www.facebook.com/BmoreFoodTrucks/?fref=nf, For information about the theater production, visit http://www.delawaretoday.com/Blogs/The-Arts-Buzz/November-2015/Catch-a-Showing-of-Diner-While-its-in-Town/.

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