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Host to the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Santander Performing Arts Center was built in the 1870s as a market and a Masonic Temple on the upper floors. After serving as the Academy of Music from 1886, Rajah Shriners purchased the building in 1917 to use for vaudeville, motion pictures, and live appearances. At the turn of the century the theater was the only downtown movie palace of its kind to survive. In contrast to its larger sister, Santander Arena, the the Santander Performing Arts Center has hosted smaller events including Willie Nelson, Alice in Chains, Jerry Seinfeld, David Copperfield, Melissa Etheridge, Daughtry and Mannheim Steamroller.