The Community Center Building, designed by C. Emlen Urban, houses this beautiful theatre. It was built between 1929-1933, dedicated September 1933 and has been a constant draw to theatre goers and architecture lovers alike.
From the imported materials…to the design styles, this building is a virtual feast for the eyes. The Theatre itself features a “stars and clouds” ceiling which changes from sunset to dusk with the help of small wattage light bulbs. To read in much more detail please check out the Web site. In the “About Hershey Theatre” tab, click “Celebrating 80 Years” from the scroll down menu.
For those architectural aficionados, a Spotlight Tour of the theatre and its history is available. Tours take place year round and there is a nominal fee (adults: $8, Children: $6). Please call (717) 533-6299 for information.
Interesting to note: Almost 600 skilled workers who were unemployed due to the Great Depression, found work as part of Mr. Hershey’s “Great Building Campaign.”… count the number of lions the architect placed throughout the theater…
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