Through a $2.4 million renovation that began in 1996 through Scranton architectural firm Hemmler + Camayd, Lackawanna College rescued the theater of the former Scranton Central High School from years of neglect and disrepair.
The theater’s wall and ceiling ornamentation, glass windows, exit signs, and seats were carefully refurbished and replaced. Former benches inside the theater were replaced with plush seats to provide ample leg room, and the capacity was reduced to 1,042 seats.
The theater is home to Community Concerts at Lackawanna College, a performing arts series adopted by the College in 2009. The original Scranton Community Concerts, founded in 1928, was the first such concert organization of its kind in the United States. It’s return to the theater recalls the organizations earliest years of operation until it moved performances to the Scranton Cultural Center in the 1940s.
The college celebrated the 10th anniversary of the theater on April 29, 2009 with a performance by English-American folk rockers, America.
Past performances and theater gallery