ASM Global-managed Santander Arena in Reading concluded the 2023-24 fiscal year with its highest-ever ranking on the Pollstar Mid-Year Top Grossing Charts and Top Ticket Sales Charts, surpassing previous records set at this midpoint last calendar year.

Santander Arena ranked 57th among arenas in the United States in gross ticket sales and 51st in total number of tickets sold, totaling 107,652 tickets. The annual Mid-Year End rankings from Pollstar cover gross tickets sold from Nov. 16 to May 15.

During this period, Santander Arena hosted sold-out shows across multiple genres, including performances by Pierce the Veil, Lil Wayne, Ice Nine Kills and Don Omar.

Additionally, the Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading achieved strong rankings, with the historic venue finishing 91st among theaters in the United States in gross ticket sales and 94th in total tickets sold, amounting to 37,611 tickets.

Starting this summer, the arena will begin renovations to install new seating. The venue will replace all main seating and suite seats and introduce new retractable seats and a Club Seating section.

The former Club Level will be transformed into a new Loft Lounge premium seating area, and suites will be redesigned. The renovations are projected to take up most of the summer with a grand reveal coming early in the fall.


Three new shows have been announced for Reading’s Santander Performing Arts Center.

Michael Carbonaro’s “Carbonaro Lies on Stage” will be presented on Oct. 5; Craig Ferguson’s “Pants on Fire” will be on Oct. 31; tickets are on sale for both shows at Dan and Phil’s “Terrible Influence: The Tour” will be on Nov. 25. Tickets are on sale at

Carbonaro is an actor and magician best known as the star and executive producer of the hit series “The Carbonaro Effect” on truTV and was a frequent guest on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Ferguson is a comedian, actor, writer and TV host best known for hosting “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.”

Dan Howell and Phil Lester are an English entertainment and business duo known for their collaborative work on YouTube, TV and radio.


The Ephrata Cloister Chorus will hold its Summer Choral Sampler on July 13 at 3 p.m. in the historic 1741 Saal (Meetinghouse) at the Ephrata Cloister, 632 W. Main St.

The concert is included with the price of admission to the site, $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 65 and older, $6 for ages 3-11, under age 3 free. Seating is limited and available on  a first-come, first-served basis.

This special event, presented by the Ephrata Cloister Associates, offers a unique opportunity to hear original 18th century choral compositions in the space where they were first performed. Under the direction of Mark Herr and accompanied by Juliet Mitton, the Ephrata Cloister Chorus will present a selection of original Ephrata pieces alongside music from other early-American communities.

Susan Atkins-Weiser
Susan Atkins Weiser


A new book by Susan Atkins Weiser has been released. Titled “Unique Stories in Berks County,” the book features 25 stories and illustrations and costs $25.

“Unique Stories in Berks County” by Susan Atkins Weiser

A sampling of stories: Jake Kozloff, a pioneer of Las Vegas; the Tulpehocken Beach, Reading’s “Little Coney Island;” the Pollock brothers’ Blue Ribbon Pretzels; A Mansion, A Tycoon and an Elk, the Pomeroy Country Club; Benjamin H. Zerr, Reading’s Movie Theatre Mogul; The Creation and Unveiling of the Abraham Lincoln Hotel; Sulkies Shine at Shillington Speedway (Aaron Einstein); Behind the Scenes at the Orpheum Theatre; The Fedden Brothers hosiery mill in Shillington; I’m Just Mad About Hats (the hat manufacturers in Reading).

Atkins Weiser is a retired owner of C.B. Atkins Real Estate and Appraisals and a frequent contributor to The Historical Review of Berks County, published by the Berks History Center. An avid collector of history and a community volunteer, she has served on the nonprofit boards of the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Friends of Chamber Music of Reading, the Berks History Center and Reform Congregation Oheb Sholom.

She is a docent and life member of the John Updike Childhood Home and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The book may be purchased by contacting Atkins Weiser at scoozer123z!

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