Welcome to Hershey Theatre, the regal, fun, and historic performing arts center that attracts guests far and wide! This is another brainchild of Milton S. Hershey, the chocolate magnate wanting to create something beautiful for the community in the early 20th century. The feat to build the ‘Community Center Building’ was a part of the Great Building Campaign of the Great Depression, this particular theatre finished in 1933.
The theatre holds 1904 seats, the perfect spot for your large (or small) group to see popular touring musicals, plays, live music, and classic films while on vacation in Hershey. Some good examples of performances in the past, to give you an example of what you may see while here include the recent performances of Sleeping Beauty, Motown the Musical, Lewis Black comedy routine, Peppa the Pig live, and Kinky Boots.
The architecture is something to marvel at both inside and out, the entire theatre replicating a scene common to Venice, Italy. Balconies, windowed towers, and Byzantine walls will greet you, as will intricate details such as the 6-ton fire curtain with a Venice mural, the Stars and Clouds ceiling, and the impressive Aeolian-Skinner Organ, with over 4,000 pipes (some over 30 feet tall!). Before you go try to count how many lions you see in the decor throughout. The only hint we can give is there are over 15!