The Keswick Theatre
celebrated a very merry birthday this past December. The privately-owned theater located in the Keswick Village in Glenside, Pennsylvania, first opened its doors on Christmas Night, in 1928. The Keswick is nationally recognized for its comfort and acoustics, and was designed by iconic architect, Horace Trumbauer, best known as the creator of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The 1,300 seat, renovated venue will celebrate its 90th year with top-name entertainers, including a night with musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra on March 21.
The theatre was slated for demolition in 1980 after nearly 50 years as a movie theater before the Glenside Landmarks Society, a not-for-profit organization, formed to restore the landmark to its former glory. After a brief success, the Glenside Landmarks Society could not maintain the operating costs and was forced to close the theater in 1985.
Under the direction of private owners, the Keswick Theatre reopened in March 1988 and began world-class renovations to cement the theater’s legacy in the surrounding community. These developments and major technological advances have contributed to the growth of the nationally-ranked and award-winning venue.
In March, musicians of The Philadelphia Orchestra are making their debut at the Keswick Theatre
for a community concert showcasing the county’s vibrant arts scene. Proceeds from the performance are providing funding for arts education in Montco public schools. The 90-minute program will feature a chamber ensemble under the baton of Philadelphia Orchestra Assistant Conductor Kensho Watanabe and will include selections by Grieg, Mozart, and Tchaikovsky.