Eisenhower Auditorium

Eisenhower Auditorium (originally named "University Auditorium") is Pennsylvania State University's largest performing arts venue. Located centrally on the University Park campus, Eisenhower Auditorium hosts more than 200 plays, musicals, concerts, lectures, and commencements annually.[5]

Eisenhower Auditorium
Penn State University Eisenhower Auditorium.jpg
Eisenhower Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus
Former namesUniversity Auditorium (1974—1977)
LocationUniversity Park, Pennsylvania
Coordinates40°48′06″N 77°51′42″W / 40.80153°N 77.86172°W / 40.80153; -77.86172Coordinates: 40°48′06″N 77°51′42″W / 40.80153°N 77.86172°W / 40.80153; -77.86172
OwnerPennsylvania State University
TypeAuditorium
Genre(s)Music, concerts, lectures, commencements, and theatre
Capacity2,500[4]
Construction
Broke groundSummer 1971[1]
BuiltOctober 1973[2]
Opened8 May 1974[3]

ConstructionEdit

Construction of Eisenhower Auditorium began in the summer of 1971 and was completed in October 1973. Installation of technical equipment ended in January 1974 and the building was dedicated under its original name "University Auditorium" on May 8, 1974.[6][7]

SeatingEdit

Seating at Eisenhower Auditorium is divided into three levels- the orchestra, the grand tier, and the balcony. There are no middle aisles in the auditorium.[8]

Extended SunsetEdit

In October 2019, artist and associate professor of art at the University of Albany Adam Frelin installed his work, Extended Sunset in the six vertical windows of the facade of Eisenhower Auditorium. The work features a colorful Pennsylvania sunset, backlit by LED lamp on an astronomical timer system. The work first illuminates as the actual sunset begins and then fades as the sun rises in the morning.[9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Blank, Glenn (3 April 1973). "Auditorium: versatile". The Daily Collegian.
  2. ^ Blank, Glenn (3 April 1973). "Auditorium: versatile". The Daily Collegian.
  3. ^ Selinger, Janice (8 May 1974). "New auditorium opens tonight". The Daily Collegian.
  4. ^ "Eisenhower Auditorium".
  5. ^ "Eisenhower Auditorium".
  6. ^ Blank, Glenn (3 April 1973). "Auditorium: versatile". The Daily Collegian.
  7. ^ Selinger, Janice (8 May 1974). "New auditorium opens tonight". The Daily Collegian.
  8. ^ "Seats". Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State.
  9. ^ Sensenig, Jessica (30 October 2019). "Artist Adam Frelin brings 'Extended Sunset' to Eisenhower Auditorium". Penn State News.