There’s a gem in the middle of Hershey, PA and it’s the historic Hershey Theatre.
My love for the theatre and arts is no secret. So when I saw a Historical tour of the Hershey Theatre on my itinerary for the Influencer weekend I was beyond excited.
The theatre opened in Hershey, PA in 1933 and was built during Mr. Hershey’s “Great Building Campaign” With 1,904 seats this theatre has an Italian feel as the inspiration came from Milton Hershey’s travels to Venice.
Hershey Theatre fun facts
The theatre was originally built as a movie house and to be used for church services.
The “canopy of gold” ceiling is patterned after St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Italy and took 2 German artisans 2 years to create the intricate blue and gold mosaic
The out of town run of the King and I starring Yul Brenner was at The Hershey Theatre.
The theatre’s Aeolian-Skinner organ has over 4,000 pipes. The largest are over thirty feet tall; others are smaller than a child’s finger.
The proscenium arch is inspired by the Bridge of Sighs in Venice.
The projector in the booth is the original projector from 1933. While it’s no longer used, it’s cool to see the machines and supplies that were used for films.
It’s believed that seat T 27 was the seat that Milton Hershey preferred. As it was close to an exit, and the 1st seat on the incline of the theatre.
Hershey Theatre Tour
The Hershey Theatre offers a Spotlight Tour to allow you to learn the history and get behind the scenes. It’s a 90 minute walking tour and costs $10 for Adults and $6 for Juniors (4-12).
Tours are offered Fridays at 11am (year round) and Sunday’s at 1pm (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day). For more info call 717-533-6299.
While the Hershey Theatre brings in National Touring Companies and that’s not all the entertainment this town gets.
With the Hersheypark Stadium, the outdoor stadium is able to bring in some big name bands and artists for concerts that are not to be missed.
You can also just make one call and order tickets for both the Hershey Theatre and Hersheypark Stadium, 717-534-3911.
They also have one more property and that’s the Giant Center. Which is home to the Hershey Bears hockey team and hosts ice shoes, concerts, comedians. and more.
It comes as no surprise that Hershey, PA has lots to offer for arts and entertainment, and I suggest taking a look at all the options before planning your trip, maybe you’ll discover there’s a must buy ticket to add on to the Hershey fun!
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