Stanley Performing Arts Center opened September 10, 1928 and
has been the premier showplace for Central New York ever since.
Thomas Lamb, a prolific theater architect, designed this 2,945
seat movie palace for the Mastbaum chain of theaters. The theater
was named for Stanley, one of the Mastbaum brothers.
The design of the theater is dubbed "Mexican baroque"
because of its unique blend of styles. The terra cotta and
tiled mosaic exterior shows the Mexican influence, while Hapsburg
lions, Indian faces, and a multitude of angels and putti (cherubs)
grace the lavish baroque "gold leaf" interior of
the theater. The Moorish influence is apparent in the star-splashed
ceiling and the twisted columns on each side of the stage.
There is even an art-deco look to some of the drapery treatments
in the organ lofts.
For more about arranging a tour to
this great destination contact us at (315) 336-1776.