Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple

Rating: 4.85 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 420 N. Washington Avenue Scranton PA 18503 USA

Mission: The mission of the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple is to rejuvenate a national architectural treasure as a regional center for the arts, education and community activities appealing to all.
Target demographics: enrich our community
Geographic areas served: Scranton, Pennsylvania
Programs: our Creative and Performing Arts Academy - a year-round program which provides arts education for children from Pre-K to 12th grade, orchestral and popular music concerts, theatrical productions for all ages, educational programming and field trips, comedy shows, cooking classes, workshops and more!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The venue is stunning and I've attended everything from plays, to dancing with the NEPA stars, to cooking demonstrations, to beer festivals at the Cultural Center. The architecture alone is enough of a reason to choose to attend an event. Always a great time.

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Definitely

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A lot

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been attending programs at the Scranton Cultural Center since high school. I was the theater geek in high school who would rather sit in the audience of a great play than hang out at the mall. I was thrilled to be an usher for several shows while in high school.

The Cultural Center is the greatest opportunity to see Broadway shows and other entertainment without needing to travel to NYC. The opulence of the auditorium is unmatched.

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A lot

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We make a weekend away when we come to see a show at the Scranton Cultural Center. We live in NJ and just love coming in to Scranton to see shows. The cost is much more reasonable and the trip is a whole lot easier than going to NYC. Plus we can afford seats that are much closer to the stage. We have seen Midtown Men, Hello Dolly, Blue Man Group and Jersey Boys. Loved them all!! We had also seen Jersey Boys on Broadway and this touring show was every bit as good.

The building is gorgeous and parking is so easy. Tickets are easy to purchase and the people are so friendly. I highly recommend the Scranton Cultural Center.

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A lot

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2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

I have ben going to the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple for years; first as a child enjoying the children's programs and then as an adult bringing my children for events. I also enjoy the Broadway shows and have found them to be just as professional as those I've seen in New York City. I've also attended weddings at the Temple which were uniquely beautiful in the stone walled hall and two-tiered banquet room.

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A lot

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Scranton Cultural Center is a place where you will find our family all year long! From the terrific Broadway shows, the Philharmonic, the Nutcracker Ballet, and Arts Alive....we can just go on and on! When our girls were small I went with both of them on tours (which they still have) of the whole Masonic Temple- the facility is amazing! We are very lucky to have such a wonderful building and staff so close to our home!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Renovate the interior- the main theater which needs bigger seats/more leg room and new wallpaper and paint.

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A lot

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As most locals in Scranton, The Scranton Cultural Center at The Masonic Temple is one of the finest pieces of art in Pennsylvania. There are several ballroom for small board meetings to large and elegant weddings.
My daughter recently held her wedding reception at the Cultural Center. Cocktail hour was held in several areas to display the special areas. The large entry hallway. the balcony and adjacent room overlooking the main ballroom, and the Robert Casey Library allowed the guests to explore and mingle while being catered to with the finest there is.
The ballroom opens up to the 1500 seat theater, and the Broadway sized stage served as the dance floor.
Over all there is nothing that can be better. A tremendous facility. If you want the best wedding venue with the most fantastic architecture around, this is the place. All of the guests were just amazed at how fine a building this place is.
Sincerely, Paul W Welby. Scranton Pa

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Definitely

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A lot

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've always loved events at the Scranton Cultural Center. The building itself is gorgeous and Scranton is lucky to have such a building. My most recent experience was with the Summerstage Camp program for kids. My 10 yr old son has always been entertaining us with his many voices, impersonations, and parodies. The slapstick comedy camp session sounded perfect for him. Following just 4 days if rehearsal and other fun activities, the kids had the show put together. Gino's voices were not only appreciated but put to great use as he nailed the British accent for one of the skits and it was awesome.
We were so proud if him and all of the kids- a really great program that I hope continues!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Although my son loved the camp, the reason he picked slapstick comedy was also because singing and dancing aren't up his alley. There were some musical performances in the comedy show. And if he knew this up front, may not have participated..so the first couple days of camp were not super awesome for him

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Very Well

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2013

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Rating: 4 stars  

The shows at Scranton Cultural Center are as good as NYC, but minutes away from home..The sound, actors, singers all fabulous..I have seen Peter Pan, Movin out(Billy Joel music), Les Miserables, etc..all were great and plan to attend many more..evn have a craft show in November taht is amazing..

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Some of the seats are too close for larger people and leg room is mimimal..

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Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

After retiring and moving from the NYC area to Northeast PA. we thought we'd forfeit our regular enjoyment of the Arts. Not so, thanks to the Scranton Cultural Center. Broadway shows, the Philharmonic, special concerts of touring artists... it's all here in Scranton. The bonus is these events are set in a venue that can only be described as magnificent! The ongoing restoration of the theatre and the setting in the Masonic Temple creates an atmosphere rivaling any on Broadway. The surrounding neighborhoods have responded in kind with new restaurants and amenities. Bravo to the Scranton Cultural Center!

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A lot

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

We've been seeing at least two shows a year at the Cultural Center and it is always a wonderful experience! Their shows have top talent and it's a great venue. There really isn't a bad seat in the house and the acoustics are great.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them renovate the interior of their magnificent building!

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A lot

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2014

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