The History of Sight & Sound
Sight & Sound originally began as a traveling show. The concept came to life thanks to the tireless work of Glenn and Shirley Eshelman. Glenn was fascinated by painting in childhood but moved into photography and eventually found himself showing scenic slideshows of his work in churches. These multimedia presentations became incredibly popular and were soon presented throughout the US.
The Eshelmans tired of touring, so they decided to seek out a home base. They rented an auditorium at the Lancaster Bible College for a full summer while presenting the show The Wonder of It All. Audience members were entranced, and soon, the Eshlemans had earned the seed money for their permanent theater. To make their shows more interesting, they added dancers, music, and even animals.
Their productions quickly grew in scale, so the show moved to a far larger entertainment center. The shows at this center combined Biblical stories with modern-day technology and storytelling elements. Sadly, the entertainment center was destroyed by fire in 1997. This tragedy ultimately led to the creation of the present Sight & Sound facility. Originally named The Millennium Theater, this updated location features a huge wraparound stage, plus seating for over 2,000 guests.
Following decades of success, Sight & Sound opened a second theater in Branson, Missouri. Nearly identical to the second version of the Pennsylvania theater, the Branson location also boasts 2,000 seats and amazing sound and lighting effects.
The brand has recently expanded its reach beyond live shows. The latest venture? A production company known as Sight & Sound Films. Its very first theatrical release in cinemas took place in late 2022. This expanded access is exciting, of course, but nothing compares to the sheer spectacle of seeing Sight & Sound live.