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- Sherman Theater, Stroudsburg, PA, US
The Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, has a storied history that dates back to the 1920s when construction was completed. Lacy and Rinker designed the building, which was then coined as "a paradise of architectural splendor." The theater officially had its grand opening in January 1929.
The festivities kicked off with a rendition of The Star Spangled Banner, followed by dedication and welcoming addresses. A live performance by comedy legends Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel served as the highlight of the night. The evening also featured a silver screen showing of Synthetic Sin.
The Sherman carried on as a vaudeville theater until touring acts vanished from the American landscape and followed the suit of many theaters of the era by transitioning into a movie house.
Well into the 1940s, the theater continued to serve as the centerpiece of the community.Saturdays were set aside for cartoons and the holidays were a time for theatrical productions of beloved plays like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The theater was a safe place where families gathered after the flood of 1955. Film companies generously donated afternoon cartoons to entertain the children during that time.
During the '50s and '60s, the Sherman Theater changed hands numerous times. Slowly, the movie theater was meeting the fate of many theaters in the country becoming less and less of an attraction.
To keep up with the changing demands of the public, the theater continued to run as a cinema, showing all kinds of movies. The theater stirred up some controversy when it hosted X-rated movies. At the time, the downtown area was going through a revival with a concentrated effort on restoring the beauty of the Victorian Main Street. Over 30 individuals decided to boycott the Sherman Theater, but before the boycott could even get launched, the theater owners and The United Methodist Church came to an agreement, and the X-rated movies were no longer offered.
The end of 1983 marked the end of the Sherman Theater. The theater went up for sale in 1983 unable to keep up with the large multiplex theaters of the day. Two years later, the theater was sold. In 1988, a campaign was launched to save the theater by a group of local university students. They billed themselves as the Far Off-Broadway Players. They hosted some fundraisers to earn some money for the Save Our Sherman Foundation cause.
Despite their efforts, finances seemed to remain a constant issue.
But not to be defeated, the Sherman Theater stayed afloat. The theater was in dire need of repairs during the '90s and sat mostly quiet during that decade.
Today, the Sherman Theater once again stands proudly in the community. Much of the original architecture has been restored and the theater is alive again with the sounds of applause and laughter.
Since it was established in the 1920s, the Sherman Theater has seen its share of ups and downs but has emerged as one of the most prominent and storied theaters in the nation today!
The Sherman Theater remains at the center of the community, serving as a host to concerts and plays. In the coming weeks, visitors can expect to see acts like Gregg Allman, Lotus, In This Moment with Motionless In White, Kyng and All Hail the Yeti, Reel Big Fish and Goldfinger, Jake Miller, Men Of The Strip, Clutch, Galactic and Badfish.
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Situated in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, draws people to its old-fashioned Main Street community. The downtown's charming streets are dotted with inviting antique stores, restaurants, specialty shops and art galleries. Visitors can also enjoy the historic Sherman Theater, The MCAC Community Cultural Center and The Monroe County Historical Association.
The recently restored Sherman Theater is purposed to host the biggest shows of the day. The theater is equipped with a full bar as well as a full concession stand. Guests appreciate the comfort, sound and antiquated feel of this remarkable venue.
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Over the years, the Sherman Theater has hosted a number of iconic talents from Laurel and Hardy to Roy Rogers' renowned horse, Trigger, to top-notch plays and silver screen productions. And at one time, part of the theater was even utilized as a church.
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