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Scranton Cultural Center

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

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.


Productions Production Dates
Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Musical, Original
May 08, 2018 - May 13, 2018
The Illusionists
Special, Original, Magic
Music by Evan Jolly
Apr 22, 2017 - Apr 22, 2017
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Jan 17, 2017 - Jan 22, 2017
The Book of Mormon - Jumamosi
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 27, 2015 - Nov 01, 2015
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
Jan 23, 2015 - Jan 25, 2015
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Feb 04, 2014 - Feb 16, 2014
Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Oct 11, 2013 - Oct 13, 2013
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Apr 02, 2013 - Apr 07, 2013
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 20, 2010 - Apr 25, 2010
A Bronx Tale
Play, Original, Solo
Original music by John Gromada; Written by Chazz Palminteri
May 12, 2009 - May 17, 2009
Ain't Misbehavin'
Musical, Revival, Revue
Nov 25, 2008 - Nov 30, 2008
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 24, 2006 - Oct 29, 2006
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Mar 24, 2006 - Mar 26, 2006
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 01, 2004 - Jun 06, 2004
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Feb 04, 2002 - Feb 10, 2002
Rent - Benny
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Dec 12, 2000 - Dec 17, 2000
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Mar 28, 2000 - Apr 02, 2000
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Apr 06, 1999 - Apr 11, 1999
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 05, 1996 - Nov 10, 1996
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 1995
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Oct 08, 1996 - Oct 13, 1996
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Feb 13, 1996 - Feb 18, 1996
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jan 25, 1994 - Jan 27, 1994
Breaking Legs
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Tom Dulack
Mar 30, 1993 - Apr 04, 1993
The Secret Garden
Musical, Original
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Dec 01, 1992 - Dec 06, 1992
Lost In Yonkers
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Neil Simon
Apr 28, 1992 - May 03, 1992
City Of Angels
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by David Zippel
Apr 07, 1992 - Apr 12, 1992
Bye Bye Birdie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Lee Adams
Dec 03, 1991 - Dec 08, 1991
Grand Hotel
Musical, Original, Drama
May 27, 1991 - Jun 02, 1991
Lend Me A Tenor
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Written by Ken Ludwig
Oct 02, 1990 - Oct 07, 1990
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Dec 05, 1989 - Dec 10, 1989
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
May 12, 1989 - May 14, 1989
Me And My Girl
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 25, 1988 - Nov 27, 1988
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Mar 11, 1988 - Mar 13, 1988