Celebrating Excellence Through Performance and Innovation
Founded in 1933, The Belmont Theatre has served as York’s prominent community theater for more than 87 years. In its time, the Belmont has created an environment of excellence in the theater arts through the diverse performances and innovative opportunities it offers the public at large.
A place of community and entertainment, the Belmont, formerly known as the York Little Theatre, is committed to bringing outstanding live theater to York and the surrounding areas. In its first 20 years, the theater relocated to its current location on Belmont Street, which previously housed the Elmwood Movie Theatre. Its current location on Belmont street prompted its new name, adopted in 2016.
With a love for the arts and passion for the City of York, Louis Appell, Jr. supported the Belmont Theatre for many years. Embracing York as he did, Mr. Appell appreciated what this historic theater offered to the community.
Lyn Bergdoll, Executive Director of The Belmont Theatre, oversees the theater’s board of directors, staff, volunteers and all theater productions. In working with the Powder Mill Foundation, Lyn emphasized the foundation’s generosity in supporting the preservation and prestige of this historic and integral component of York.
“Powder Mill Foundation provided a dance floor in the Loft, which was a huge addition to this building. It provides a safe and professional space for cast members to rehearse and dance students to study. Tthe dance floor is world-class indeed and enriches the lives of everyone who has the opportunity to use it. We are grateful to all who give their time and support to make this theatre a success.”
When the theater’s roof was leaking beyond repair, Powder Mill Foundation also provided funding for a major part of the replacement. The new roof will benefit the theater for decades to come.
“Mr. Appell loved this theatre, as he loved the arts. He supported us for many years. I specifically remember him attending ‘White Christmas’ and raving about the show. It was truly an honor to have him here.”