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6 Things to Look for When Visiting Hershey Theatre

Hershey Theatre is often described as the hidden gem of Hershey, PA. You can always tell guests who have never been to the Theatre before, because upon entry their eyes immediately look to the glorious ceiling. It’s usually followed by, “Wow, it’s so beautiful!” or “I had no idea it looked like this on the inside.” Hershey Entertainment & Resorts (HE&R) and the M.S. Hershey Foundation pride ourselves on maintaining one of Milton Hershey’s entertainment showplace’s, and strive to maintain the original architecture and design from when the Theatre was built between 1929 and 1933.

The Theatre offers a unique opportunity called the Spotlight Tour where guests experience a tour that takes you behind-the-scenes from balcony to basement and everything in between. Included in the tour is the experience to stand on stage, peek inside dressing rooms and learn about the history of the Theatre and why Milton Hershey chose the décor and architecture that adorn the Theatre today. To experience the full tour and discover additional facts, please visit the website.

We wanted to give you a sneak peek of what the Spotlight Tour offers, so we’ve compiled a list of six things to investigate on your next visit to Hershey Theatre:

1. Griffons – This legendary animal is known to be all powerful. It combines the strongest land animal – the lion, with the strongest bird – the eagle. Griffons are found are three places in the Theatre.

2. Seashells – They are a symbol of perfection when used in architecture. There are three places in the Theatre that have a seashell, for a total of 10 seashells.

3. Apollo – He is known at the Greek god of music and poetry, and his bas relief sculpture appears four times in the Grand Lobby.

4. Lions – These animals are found all throughout the lobby areas, but inside the seating area 25 lions may be found.

5. Palm trees – It is rumored Apollo was born on a small island under a palm tree, and because of that there are palm trees found on the Grand Lobby and Swan Lobby ceilings.

6. Peacocks – There are three pairs of peacocks in the Theatre, and they may be found on the ceiling of the Mosaic Lobby.

Have you noticed these items before? If not, next time you visit the Theatre be sure to look around and look up! One last tip: Ask your tour guide where Milton Hershey sat when he attended shows. The answer might surprise you…