Glenn Auditorium

glenn auditoriumphoto by Scott Wile

1652 North Decatur Road
Atlanta, GA 30322 

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Glenn Auditorium is used jointly by Emory as an auditorium and by Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church as a sanctuary. It holds 1200 people, and from the time of its opening in 1931 until 2003, Glenn was used as available as the primary performance and rehearsal venue for music. 

In 1930, a decision was made to build a beautiful new sanctuary on the campus. As plans unfolded, the members learned that the new building would be a memorial to the Reverend Wilbur Fisk Glenn, an Emory alumnus who for fifty years had been a Methodist minister and a leader of the church in the South. The principal donors were Dr. Glenn's children, Thomas K. Glenn, chairman of the board of the new First National Bank; his sister, Flora Glenn Candler; and her husband, Charles Howard Candler, Sr.

On October 4, 1931, the congregation held its first service in the new building. A university publication reported, "At last the campus and the community have a real church edifice in which to worship, and for a few years, at least, Emory will have an auditorium large enough to accommodate its graduation exercises, musical concerts, and lectures."

Annual events held in Glenn Auditorium include A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, University Organist Recital Series concerts, and The Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature.

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