If you have been looking for a place where you can enjoy a performance in an environment that is peaceful, comfortable and at the same time gives a touch of tradition in its architecture, Keswick theatre is the place to be. With its elegant design and exquisite history, you will definitely have an experience that would touch your soul!
Opened for the first time in 1928 on Christmas eve, this beautiful theatre gave Philadelphia a reason to be proud. A masterpiece of architecture, this place could not be a designed by anyone other than Horace Trumbauer, an architect whom history remembers as one of the masters of his field. He also gained fame by designing Philadelphia Museum of Art. Soon after its inauguration, it was unanimously recognized as the most comfortable theatre in entire area, accompanied with perfection of its acoustic design that enabled everyone sitting in hall to enjoy what was being performed at stage. This theatre has the privilege to host performances by world class artists including Paul Robeson, Stepin’ Fetchit, and Ina Ray Hutton who was sister of Betty, and had a musical group with all girl members.
Keswick theater was initially designed as a combination of movie house and vaudeville i.e. a stage performance oriented theatre, but was renovated in 1955. New structure and design was introduced to this classic place, converting it into a cinemascope film house. For quite some time, this place was known to host shows for top class hit movies of 1950’s and 60’s, including their premiere shows. The theater was closed once again in 1980 and was demolished in major part in an attempt to restore its original form as a theater and performing arts hub. This venture was taken up by Glenside Society which was a not-for-profit society. The theatre was opened again in 1981, and its first show was a sold out concert by Fred Waring and Young Pennsylvanians. For the next four years, this place hosted star studded performances by renowned artists of that time, but was closed once again in 1985 as Glenside Society could not afford to manage its finances. The theater was also included in National Register of Historic places in 1983.
In 1988, a private company took over the theater and restored its activities, and opened its doors once again for public. This time its expenses were well managed, and it was improved a lot with use of modern technological advancements. New and modern facilities were installed, its structure was fine tuned to match with requirements of modern day installations. In recent years it has emerged as a place that not only has traditions associated with it, but also offers all the latest technical facilities one can imagine at a modern theater. Featuring computerized ticketing system, state of the art audio visual equipment and other technical marvels, Keswick theater has been included in Pollstar’s top 50 theater venues. Keswick Theatre Tickets undoubtedly provide its audience with an exquisitely top class entertainment.
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