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Hershey Theatre

Spend a night watching drama, dance and music in one of Pennsylvania’s most opulent venues or tour it during the daytime to glimpse behind the scenes.

Hershey Theatre is an ideal place to spend an evening enjoying performances of classical music and hit shows in its elegant auditorium. Even if you don’t attend a show, simply entering the foyer of this arts venue is a worthwhile experience. Walk through a hall made of four different kinds of marble with bas-reliefs decorating the arches and ceiling. Regular tours show off the beauty and history of the building in greater detail.

Like many attractions in the town, Hershey Theatre exists because of confectioner and businessman Milton Hershey. The philanthropist funded the building of the theater between 1929 and 1933, some of the worst years of the Great Depression, to bring work and hope to the region. Nearly 600 workers were employed to construct the venue.

Take a seat in the Venice-inspired auditorium to watch the best in dance, music and touring Broadway productions. When the theater, which features almost 2,000 seats, fills up, the atmosphere becomes electric as the crowd enjoys a wide variety of performances.

Once inside, look upwards at the auditorium's ceiling. This dynamic feature is suspended from the roof and changes appearance according to the scene below. Watch as the lights change from a sunrise to a starlit sky. Admire the Aeolian-Skinner concert organ, which has over 4,000 pipes.

Join one of the theater’s Spotlight Tours and step back in time to its earliest days. Groups go behind the scenes where they can explore around five floors of dressing rooms for the cast and see backstage where the performers await their cue.

See if you can spot the dozens of lions incorporated into the design of the building as you explore the theater. Tours take place on Fridays and Sundays and allow visitors to learn more about Milton Hershey and his other projects.

Hershey Theatre is located in the town center, about a 5-minute walk from the Tourist Information Center. Find free parking on-site. Get discount on admission to shows with a Hersheypark ticket.


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Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue $139
Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue

Courtyard by Marriott Hershey Chocolate Avenue

515 East Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in the heart of Hershey, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Theatre. Hershey's Chocolate World and Hersheypark Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Tru By Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue $105
    Tru By Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue

    Tru By Hilton Hershey Chocolate Avenue

    204 Hillcrest Road, Hershey, PA
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Hershey, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Theatre. Giant Center and Hershey's Chocolate World are also within 2 mi (3 km).

      Days Inn by Wyndham Hershey $88
      Days Inn by Wyndham Hershey

      Days Inn by Wyndham Hershey

      350 W Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Hershey hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of The Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Theatre. Hershey's Chocolate World and Giant Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

        Inn at Chocolate Avenue $59
        Inn at Chocolate Avenue

        Inn at Chocolate Avenue

        Route 422 & Sipe Avenue, Hershey, PA
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Hershey Story Museum, Giant Center, and Hershey's Chocolate World. Hershey Theatre is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

          Fairfield Inn & Suites Hershey Chocolate Avenue $103
          Fairfield Inn & Suites Hershey Chocolate Avenue

          Fairfield Inn & Suites Hershey Chocolate Avenue

          651 W Areba Ave, Hershey, PA
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Theatre. Giant Center and Hershey's Chocolate World are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Simplicity Inn Hershey $61
            Simplicity Inn Hershey

            Simplicity Inn Hershey

            43 W Areba Ave, Hershey, PA
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Hershey, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Theatre. Hershey's Chocolate World and Hersheypark Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Cocoa Cottage With a Private In-ground Pool
              Cocoa Cottage With a Private In-ground Pool

              Cocoa Cottage With a Private In-ground Pool

              Hershey, PA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Hershey, this historic cottage is within a 10-minute walk of The Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Theatre. Hershey's Chocolate World and Hersheypark Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Hampton Inn & Suites Hershey $101
                Hampton Inn & Suites Hershey

                Hampton Inn & Suites Hershey

                749 E Chocolate Ave, Hershey, PA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Hershey, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Hershey Story Museum and Hershey Theatre. Hershey's Chocolate World and Hersheypark Stadium are also within 3 mi (5 km).