The Charles S. Schwab Auditorium is an 894 seat, proscenium stage theater that presents music, drama, dance, and lecture programs in a concert hall setting. Constructed in the Beaux-Arts style, which combined elements of Imperial Roman, Italian Renaissance, and French and Italian baroque styles, the building was completed in 1903. The Auditorium features a 40' wide by 18' deep stage, a concert sound system, theatrical lighting, and video projection capabilities. Artist amenities include dressing rooms, a green room, a small meeting room, and an intimate reception area.
Schwab Auditorium was the first campus building to be financed by a private gift from Bethlehem Steel Corporation founder, Charles M. Schwab. Charles Schwab was a member of the University's Board of Trustees and gave $150,000, $3 million by today's standards, to build the neoclassical Beaux-Art style structure. Schwab Auditorium was completed in 1903.
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The Charles S. Schwab Auditorium is located on the University Park Campus of The Pennsylvania State University. University Park, Pennsylvania is located in the middle of the state, adjacent to the Borough of State College, at the convergence of U.S. Route 322, U.S. Route 220 and PA Route 26, just south of Interstate 80.
The University can be easily accessed from Interstate 80, by following either Route 322 East from the Woodland exit or Interstate 99/Route 220 South from the Bellefonte exit. Access from points south and east is via Route 322 West from the Harrisburg area, and access from points south and west is via Route 220 North from the Altoona/Johnstown area.
State College area is conveniently serviced by air travel at the University Park Airport SCE, (814) 865-5511, with daily flights to and from Chicago, Washington/Dulles, Philadelphia, and Detroit. Penn State is located approximately four miles from the airport.
The information provided on the following pages has been prepared by members of the Union and Student Activities staff to answer the majority of questions concerning Schwab Auditorium. More information is available on the Event Management website.
If you have other questions, our primary point of contact for all events is Michael Blake, 814-867-4983. If he is unable to help you, he will direct your call appropriately. The list below includes contact information for other members of our staff. Please feel free to contact any of them for assistance. Regular office hours are Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM.
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