Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
207 7th Street,
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The Stanley Theater, opened on February 27, 1928 with Ruth Taylor in “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds” on the screen and Anatole Friedland’s “Revue” on the stage. Organist Alex F. Taylor played the ‘mighty’ Wurlitzer organ. The Stanley Theatre was designed by the firm of Hoffman-Henon Co. In 1936 the Wurlitzer organ was destroyed when the theatre was flooded. The Stanley Theatre was restored and renovated as the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts in the late-1980’s.
In converting the theatre into a full performing arts center, a new stagehouse and supporting building at the rear of the theatre was erected. The interior of the theatre was maintained and restored to its original beauty.
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