Sherman Theater

The Sherman Theater, the neighborhood hotspot during the late 1920s near the corner of Main and Fifth streets in Stroudsburg, has weathered the passing years. It was the place where local residents seeking entertainment spent the evening – and they still do.

In 2006, the nonprofit Sherman Theater Arts Foundation took over management of the theater, taking ownership in 2012.

Although the old glory days have passed, the theater maintains a place of prominence in the community today as a site for the performing arts. To continue supporting the arts, the Sherman is asking for help.

On Friday, March 8, 2013, the Sherman Arts Foundation will hold its Eighth Anniversary Gala in hopes of raising money for continuing and necessary renovations to the historic theater and adjacent The Living Room arts center.

The event includes a VIP reception with an evening of food, cocktails and live performances, followed by a concert with the Vienna Boys Choir.

Ticket includes premium seating to the Vienna Boys Choir Concert and food provided by local restaurants. Reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and concert will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $90 per person and may be purchased by calling the Sherman Box Office, 570-420-2808 or visit shermantheater.com.

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The Morning Press ad published Jan. 7, 1929, announcing the opening of The Sherman.

 

On Jan. 7, 1929, the Sherman Theater opened with the showing of its first flm, “Synthetic Sin,” directed by William A. Seiter. The “great triumph” was covered by the local newspaper, The Morning Press:

“Vying with the leading playhouses in the country in architectural splendor and general equipment throughout, The Sherman, Stroudsburg’s new $250,000 theatre, owned by H.A. Scheurman and his son, Fred F. Scheurman, had its premiere ….

“The inaugural program, like all good American exercises opened with the rendition of the Start Spangled Banner to strains by Willard Wolfe’s orchestra. As the audience arose the national emblem was swung on the silver screen.

“A.F. Everitt acted as the master of ceremonies at the opening exercises. In opening his remarks, he said: ‘This is one of the proudest moments of my  life, privileged as I am to make the first address in this beautiful palace of amusement, without doubt one of the finest in the state. It shows great progress in Stroudsburg ….’ ”

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