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December 1, 2015, Support the Arts! Giving Tuesday is a worldwide movement to help redefine the giving spirit of the holiday. We hope #‎GivingTuesday‬ inspires you to;
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Dear Friend,

Do you want to make a gift to an organization that’s making a difference in people’s lives? Our audience members tell us regularly how much they appreciate the quality of our theatre and film programs. But while we love that kind of feedback, we know that our work transcends the experience people may have with just one show; Civic Theatre of Allentown is key to our region’s growth and development. As we approach the end-of-year giving season, here is why your donation is so important:

Children need us. Over sixty years ago Civic launched its Children’s Theatre School, and we now run a year-round K-12 program for kids of all ages. However, our local school district recently made the difficult decision to suspend many of its arts programs. For thousands of children in our area, a performance at Civic is often their first opportunity to experience the life-changing power of theatre.

And from an economic perspective, it’s clear that Civic is a significant asset to the city’s growth and development. Local businesses benefit from the traffic Civic generates 360 days a year, and our audience members tell us they appreciate the recent improvements to the sidewalks and lighting in key parking areas, as well as the return of several restaurants along 19th street. We are proud to be the anchor entertainment attraction in Allentown’s exciting and dynamic West End neighborhood.

Because so much depends on Civic’s continued success, we are determined to remain poised for progress. For example, we’ve recently upgraded our movie projectors to use digital film, which has not only improved sound and picture quality, but also allowed us to expand the number and type of movies we can show. And, our Board of Trustees has launched a strategic planning process and hosted a town meeting to help shape our future and get important feedback and ideas from people in our community.

However, we can’t keep our doors open if we rely on ticket and program revenue alone. And grants and foundations simply can’t make up all of the shortfall. That’s where your role comes in ~ as a supporter of Civic Theatre of Allentown, your generosity helps ensure our community thrives and the next generation benefits from our important work.

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today that will help ensure a brighter future for the arts in Allentown. Simply click on the “donate now” button to start giving back to Civic Theatre of Allentown.


Sharon Glassman John Hedges
President, Civic Theatre of Allentown Managing Director, Civic Theatre of Allentown


Donate to Civic Theatre’s Annual Fund

If you count on the dramatic and cinematic arts at Civic to add inspiration, entertainment, and perspective to your life and to your community, please consider giving back with a donation to the Annual Fund.

The Fund is one of the critical ways that the theatre makes up the 40% difference between ticket sales and the costs of programs, films, productions, utilities and staff. Donations of any amount may be made to the Annual Fund.

Your gift will come back to you and the entire community through in the form of Civic’s rich schedule of award-winning, non-commercial theatre and film.

A donation to the Annual Fund is considered a 100% charitable contribution to a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.

Ladies Night Out

Upcoming: A Christmas Carol!

Thursday December 10th is your night out! Bring your friends to the show and our complimentary pre-show reception!


Pre-registration is required & your ticket will be collected at the reception. Call the Box Office to reserve your reception tickets – 610-432-8943.



Civic 514 presents

Out of My Mind
Paintings by Jeff Wetherhold

When I was in high school I resonated with two apparently opposite
disciplines: art and physics. I pursued physics to make a living, but
did cityscapes on the side as a hobby. I grew up in an age when kids
looked out the window of the car and day dreamed rather than text
or play electronic games. I therefore gathered a vast memory of city
scenes, trains, and roads from the past. These memories have
helped me create what I call, “Out of My Mind Cityscapes.”

I am not a professionally trained artist, so I am still at the stage of
experimentation and trial and error. I cannot sit down like a
craftsman and create a painting that is in my mind in a few hours. I
must play around for days on end with the paints on the canvas
until something appears that I like. My goal is to always create a
cityscape that captures my memory of places I visited in my
day dreams.

Friend and internationally acclaimed illustrator and physicist Paul G.
Hewitt recently described Jeff as a “colorist,” saying that the charm
of his work is the passionate and intense colors. One of Jeff’s recent
paintings was featured in the 2014 edition of the textbook
Conceptual Physics by Paul G. Hewitt. The scenes that he paints are
of no specific location, but rather an amalgamation of his views and
memories of what makes urban landscapes unique. Many times he
will incorporate personal details, such as a friend’s name as the
name of a café, for instance, or a vintage subway car, perhaps from
the 1964 NY World’s Fair. Typically he includes one or more water
towers, bridges, passenger trains, and, of course, varied buildings.

Jeff is a self-taught artist and Parkland High School physics teacher
who has won many teaching awards including the 2007 Da Vinci
Science Center Science Hall of Fame Award, the 2002 Tandy
(Radio Shack) National Teachers Award, and the 2002 PBS Education
Visionary Award. He has also won several awards for his artwork
including one for an animated cartoon at the 2010 USA Science and
Engineering Festival Great Science Teacher Video Contest.

The Art Exhibition will be open for viewing November 11th, 2015 through January 4th, 2016.

The artist’s reception will be held on November 20th from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Van Gogh

Van Gogh

Wednesday 12/2/15

Exhibition on Screen

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum, this is a brilliant new film about one of the world’s most fascinating and beloved artists. Made in collaboration with the experts at the Van Gogh Museum, the film marks both a major re-showing of the gallery’s collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Van Gogh’s death. Experience the wonder of seeing Van Gogh’s legendary masterpieces on the big screen, in high definition, while specially invited guests, including world-renowned curators and art historians, offer their interpretations and explanations of his work. With exclusive new research revealing incredible recent discoveries, the Van Gogh Museum has helped craft a cinema experience like no other. Not to be missed.

Watch the trailer!

In Civic’s Historic Theatre 514 at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 12/2/15!

Buy Tickets Here!

White Christmas:  A Sing-Along!

White Christmas

A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Watch the Trailer!

Our audience is encouraged to sing along to this presentation of White Christmas!
In addition to the sing-along, there will be an ugly sweater contest and trivia game to celebrate the evening!
Before the film begins at 7:30, there will be an organ recital and holiday carols at 7:00!

In Civic’s Historic 19th Street Theatre
Monday, December 14th at 7:30 pm

Running Time 2 hours

Buy Tickets Here!

Christmas Film Series

This Christmas season, Civic presents three classic holiday films for the family to enjoy.
In the spirit of the holidays, all tickets are only $5 each!  In addition, small popcorn is just $1!


The Grinch

Disney was a Grinch and wouldn’t let us show the Muppets so come out and see Jim Careys “The Grinch”

Watch the Trailer!

In Civic’s Historic 19th Street Theatre
Sunday, December 20th at 2:00 pm

Rated PG
Running Time 1 hour 49 minutes

Buy Tickets Here!

It’s a Wonderful Life

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

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In Civic’s Historic 19th Street Theatre
Monday, December 21st at 7:30 pm

Rated “Approved”
Running Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Buy Tickets Here!

The Bishop’s Wife

A bishop trying to get a new cathedral built prays for guidance. An angel (Cary Grant) arrives, but his guidance isn’t about fundraising.

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In Civic’s Historic 19th Street Theatre
Tuesday, December 22nd at 7:30 pm

Running Time 1 hour 49 minutes

Buy Tickets Here!

Civil Rights Art Museum Film Series

This is in partnership with the Allentown Arts Museum and their Civil Rights exhibit, “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” opening January 17th and running through May 15th.  The exhibition presents the Southern Freedom Movement through the visions and voices of eight men and one woman who lived and worked in the South between 1963 and 1967.  These films speak to the movement.

Mississippi Burning

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.

Watch the Trailer!

In Civic’s Historic 19th Street Theatre
Monday, January 18th at 7:30 pm

Rated R
Running Time 2 hours 8 minutes

Buy Tickets Here!

 Talk to Me

The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph “Petey” Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

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In Civic Theatre 514
Friday, February 19th at 7:30 pm

Rated R
Running Time 1 hour 58 minutes

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A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.

Watch the Trailer!

In Civic’s Historic 19th Street Theatre
Monday, March 28th at 8:00 pm

Rated PG-13
Running Time 2 hours 8 minutes

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The Butler

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man’s life, family, and American society.

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In Civic Theatre 514
Monday, April 11th at 7:30 pm

Rated PG-13
Running Time 2 hours 12 minutes

Buy Tickets Here!

In the Heat of the Night

An African American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Watch the Trailer!

In Civic Theatre 514
Monday, May 23rd at 7:30 pm
Running Time 1 hour 49 minutes

Buy Tickets Here!