Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts

Sunoco Performance Theater


The Whitaker Center was the first facility in the nation to link the arts and sciences in one building. The Center houses a 600-seat theater, 200-seat Imax, and a Science Center in a design that affords visitors views from one program area to another to emphasize the link between the disciplines and encourage participation in both.

The Sunoco Performance Theatre has a 664-seat auditorium designed with three levels of seating, none more than 65 feet from the stage. The Broadway-sized stage, fly space, moveable orchestra pit and commodious back-of-house accommodations were designed to meet the production and performance needs of a range of community performing arts groups including the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Theatre Harrisburg, the Harrisburg Opera Association, and the Concertante Chamber Ensemble.

  • Client: Whitaker Center
  • Architect: Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer
  • Completion Year: 1999
  • Location: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Acoustician: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
  • Building Size: 130,000 s.f.
  • Capacity: 600 seats

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