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Glen Rock in York County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Glen Rock Auditorium

 
 
Glen Rock Auditorium Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 30, 2015
1. Glen Rock Auditorium Marker
Inscription.

On July 17, 1912, the Glen Rock Musical Association purchased this property from Ben Abel with the intention of building a 500-seat auditorium. By the end of 1913 construction of the "Glen Rock Auditorium" was completed. The Item described it as a "splendid little opera house." Early on, one of America's greatest composers, Roland F. Seitz, was a part of the Musical Association's activities in this building.

The building was designed by local architect Joseph Dise, who along with Nathaniel Z. Seitz, founded the Musical Association in 1872. Dise introduced a main floor sloping toward the stage, a gallery taking up three sides of the building, a proscenium richly ornamented in design, and a hand-painted curtain containing local business advertisements.

On May 27, 1921, the Auditorium Company of Glen Rock was chartered and the building transferred to them. They operated the property until 1932 when Chalmers F. Sechrist leased the building to show movies. In 1935 Chalmers and Lottie Sechrist bought the property which by now was being called the Glen Theatre.

Over the years the Auditorium / Glen Theatre was also used for Glen Rock High School class plays, musicals, and commencement programs, as well as events held by many other local organizations. In 1967 the Sechrists sold the property to the Bortners who in 1975 sold the

Glen Rock Auditorium and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 30, 2015
2. Glen Rock Auditorium and Marker
property to the Strausbaughs. As of 2013 the Glen Theatre is the county's last operational community movie theater outside of York City.
 
Erected 2013 by Glen Rock Historical Preservation Society, PeoplesBank, Glen Theatre, and Glen Rock American Legion.
 
Location. 39° 47.456′ N, 76° 43.804′ W. Marker is in Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, in York County. Marker is on Manchester Street (Pennsylvania Route 216) south of Pleasant Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 Manchester Street, Glen Rock PA 17327, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The First National Bank (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Item Building / Bixler's (about 800 feet away); Roland Forrest Seitz (approx. mile away); Cold Spring Hotel (approx. mile away); Trains, Grains, and More Trains (approx. mile away); The Original Glen Rock Carol Singers (approx. mile away); Creek and Rail (approx. mile away); The Glen Rock Woolen-Flour & Feed Mill (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Rock.
 
Also see . . .
1. Glen Theatre, Glen Rock PA. (Submitted on April 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania. (Submitted on April 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Glen Theater at Cinema Treasures. (Submitted on April 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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