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Scranton Cultural Center

420 North Washington Avenue, Scranton, PA, USA
Seats (approximate)
1622

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple is housed in one of the most glorious pieces of architecture to be found in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Originally built as the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral, the building is significant as an example of the work of Raymond M. Hood (1881-1934), a prominent architect of the 1920s and early 1930s, and as a unique example of Neo-Gothic architecture in Scranton. Raymond Hood's productive career spanned from 1922, when he and a collaborator won the Chicago Tribune design competition, to his untimely death at 53 in 1934. Hood became a nationally prominent architect trained in the Beaux Arts tradition and proficient with historic styles. During those 12 years, Hood was the principle designer or primary collaborator in a number of high-profile progressive skyscraper designs, mainly in New York City, where he designed the Daily News Building and the McGraw-Hill Building in mid-town Manhattan, and was part of the team that designed Rockefeller Center. The Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral is located at 420 North Washington Avenue in downtown Scranton. The 1930 Temple-cathedral is a highly stylized Neo-Gothic and Romanesque pastiche executed by Hood. The design of the building was to be a monument to Masonry. Masonic lodges in Scranton for years felt the need for a suitable home or temple, and prior to the construction of this building they used an old armory. Bids for construction were taken in January, 1927. The Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral was inaugurated on January 2, 1930 when the first meeting was held in the building. The rectangular plan building is clad in coursed ashlar Indiana limestone supported by a structural steel framework. The front (west) facade is divided into three sections: the central and southern sections consist of five stories and the northern section consists of three stories. The temple-cathedral originally included an 1800 seat auditorium, a grand ballroom, an eight lane bowling alley, a library, a "Ladies Parlor," two formal lodge rooms, a billiard and card parlor, and a smaller theater / lodge hall combination. The auditorium and ballroom were intended for use by the Scranton community for various functions. Over time decreasing membership in the various lodges of Scranton placed a financial burden on its members that was not able to be sustained. A grass roots effort was launched to form a not-for-profit organization dedicated to both preserving the physical structure of the temple and providing an ongoing programming source for the community. Today the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple operates the facility as a regional performance and cultural hub. The Center serves as the residence for national tours of Broadway musicals and concerts and hosts many or the areas top regional companies.
Chicago
Apr 13, 2018 - Apr 15, 2018
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
The Illusionists
Apr 22, 2017 - Apr 22, 2017
Music by Evan Jolly
Special Original Magic
Jersey Boys
Jan 17, 2017 - Jan 22, 2017
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
Musical Original Comedy
Million Dollar Quartet
Jan 23, 2015 - Jan 25, 2015
Musical Original
Jersey Boys
Feb 04, 2014 - Feb 16, 2014
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Musical Original
Hello, Dolly!
Oct 11, 2013 - Oct 13, 2013
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Peter Pan
Apr 02, 2013 - Apr 07, 2013
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
A Bronx Tale
May 12, 2009 - May 17, 2009
Original music by John Gromada; Written by Chazz Palminteri
Play Original Solo
Ain't Misbehavin'
Nov 25, 2008 - Nov 30, 2008
Musical Revival Revue
Musical Original Comedy
Peter Pan
Mar 24, 2006 - Mar 26, 2006
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Musical Original Comedy
Musical Original Drama
Man of La Mancha
Apr 06, 2001 - Apr 08, 2001
Music by Mitch Leigh; Book by Dale Wasserman; Lyrics by Joe Darion
Musical Revival Drama
Rent - Benny
Dec 12, 2000 - Dec 17, 2000
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
Chicago
Mar 28, 2000 - Apr 02, 2000
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Apr 06, 1999 - Apr 11, 1999
Musical Original
Musical Original Drama
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Oct 08, 1996 - Oct 13, 1996
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Feb 13, 1996 - Feb 18, 1996
Musical Original
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jan 25, 1994 - Jan 27, 1994
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Breaking Legs
Mar 30, 1993 - Apr 04, 1993
Written by Tom Dulack
Play Original Comedy
The Secret Garden
Dec 01, 1992 - Dec 06, 1992
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Musical Original
Lost in Yonkers
Apr 28, 1992 - May 03, 1992
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy
City of Angels
Apr 07, 1992 - Apr 12, 1992
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by David Zippel
Musical Original Comedy
Bye Bye Birdie
Dec 03, 1991 - Dec 08, 1991
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Lee Adams
Musical Revival Comedy
Grand Hotel
May 27, 1991 - Jun 02, 1991
Musical Original Drama
Peter Pan
Mar 05, 1991 - Mar 10, 1991
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Musical Revival Comedy
Lend Me a Tenor
Oct 02, 1990 - Oct 07, 1990
Written by Ken Ludwig
Play Original Comedy Farce
Musical Original Drama
Cats - Fourth National
May 12, 1989 - May 14, 1989
Musical Original
Me and My Girl
Nov 25, 1988 - Nov 27, 1988
Musical Original Comedy
Cats - Fourth National
Mar 11, 1988 - Mar 13, 1988
Musical Original
La Cage aux Folles
Oct 16, 1987 - Oct 18, 1987
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Original Comedy
On the Twentieth Century
Apr 03, 1987 - Apr 05, 1987
Musical Revival Comedy
Camelot
Oct 14, 1986 - Oct 19, 1986
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
Annie
Jan 11, 1986 - Jan 12, 1986
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Original Comedy
Noises Off
Jan 10, 1986 - Jan 12, 1986
Written by Michael Frayn
Play Original Comedy Farce
Jerry's Girls
Jan 08, 1985 - Jan 13, 1985
Music by Jerry Herman; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Original Revue
gigi
Nov 09, 1984 - Nov 11, 1984
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Amadeus
Oct 08, 1982 - Oct 10, 1982
Written by Peter Shaffer
Play Original Drama
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Mar 19, 1982 - Mar 21, 1982
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Musical Original Comedy
Children of a Lesser God
Oct 23, 1981 - Oct 25, 1981
Written by Mark Medoff
Play Original DramaSign Language
Eubie!
Feb 29, 1980 - Mar 01, 1980
Musical Original Revue
The Wiz
Apr 20, 1979 - Apr 22, 1979
Music by Charlie Smalls; Book by William F. Brown; Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Musical Original Comedy
Bubbling Brown Sugar
Mar 31, 1978 - Apr 02, 1978
Book by Loften Mitchell
Musical Original Revue
My Fair Lady
Nov 04, 1977 - Nov 06, 1977
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
A Little Night Music
Oct 08, 1976 - Oct 10, 1976
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Original Romantic Comedy
The Sunshine Boys
Oct 11, 1974 - Oct 13, 1974
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy
Pippin
Sep 20, 1974 - Sep 22, 1974
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original Comedy
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Apr 19, 1974 - Apr 19, 1974
Music by Galt MacDermot; Lyrics by John Guare
Musical Original Comedy
No, No, Nanette
Sep 14, 1973 - Sep 16, 1973
Musical Revival Comedy
Company
Apr 08, 1972 - Apr 09, 1972
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by George Furth; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Original Drama