Scranton Cultural Center
The Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple (formerly the Masonic Temple and Scottish Rite Cathedral) is a theatre and cultural center in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The Cultural Center’s mission statement is "to rejuvenate a national architectural structure as a regional center for arts, education and community activities appealing to all ages." The Cultural Center hosts off Broadway performances, music and stand-up comedy performances and special events including weddings and proms. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Architect Raymond Hood designed the Masonic Temple, which houses the cultural center. The Masonic Temple is designed in a combination of Gothic Revival architecture and Romanesque architecture. The building was completed in 1930. The temple has a dual nature; it houses the Scottish Rite Cathedral and a masonic lodge. In fact, the design of the building is a tribute to masonry.
The Masonic Temple houses a large auditorium, a library, a "Ladies Parlor" and a ballroom. These parts of the temple are used for many Scranton community events. Visitors to Scranton can visit the Temple and take a tour that highlights the architecture of the building as well as its present day uses.
The Cultural Center features regular performances by Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. It has also hosted performances by contemporary musical artists, including Jason Mraz, N Sync, Backstreet Boys and Maroon Five. Broadway Theatre of Northeast PA puts on Broadway musicals, including Rent, Mamma Mia! and Les Miserables.
The Cultural Center began multi-million dollar restoration project in the mid 1990s. Electrical services were updated and air conditioning was installed. The ballroom’s walls and ceilings were also restored.