In July of 1912, long before “talkies” came to Glen Rock, the Glen Rock Musical Association purchased a property on Manchester Street with the intention to build a theater.
On Sunday, small ceremony will be held to dedicate a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Glen Rock Auditorium and The Glen Theatre. In honor of the event, Glen Rock historian John Hufnagel worked to compile a booklet of the theater’s history.
We asked Hufnagel to share how the project came about.
“I started working on this history about 10 months ago. At the Historic Plaque committee meeting, I suggested that it would be nice to consider doing a brief history about the Glen Rock Auditorium and The Glen Theatre building, which we were going to honor with our 2013 plaque, and give them to the attendees as a gift for attending. What I thought would be a few pages photocopied progressed to 32 pages with pictures and memories of the building from some local people. As with most works like this, you will not cover everything and bits and pieces of the story will continue to turn up.
“The event on Sunday will take place at 4 p.m. at The Glen Theatre, 37 Manchester St., and will consist of a history of the building presented in part by myself and our special guest from Florida, Chalmers Sechrist, Jr. Chalmers will discuss the history from the mid-1930s until the 1950s. It was during this time that his parents owned the Glen Theatre and he worked there. After the history presentation the bronze plaque will be unveiled and we will hand out the book, one to a family.”
Limited copies of “Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of The Glen Rock Auditorium” will also be available at the Glen Rock Historic Preservation Society museum, located inside Peoples Bank, 1 Manchester St., Glen Rock. The museum is open 2 to 4 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month and 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. The book is also available by mail for $7 each plus $5.75 for priority postage.
Contact Hufnagel at email@example.com with questions.
Also of interest
— Read more on the dedication from ydr.com
— Glen Rock Mill Inn owners publish book of early history
— Browse other books that cover York County history
— Read more on local history from York Town Square