Family Ties: New Amphitheatre Celebrates Families’ Commitment to the Arts and Marywood
Left to Right: Alvine Calabro Ciambrone ’54, Marie Calabro Salvaggio ’47, Antoinette Calabro DeMark ’37, Gwen Calabro Delfino ’47 and Carmella Calabro ’42
Michael J. Delfino, a longtime supporter of the University and its mission, has made a $200,000 gift in support of the Michael and Gwen Calabro Delfino ’47 Amphitheatre at Marywood’s new Learning Commons—honoring the legacy of his late wife Guenelda (Gwen) Calabro Delfino ’47.
While there are many legacy families at Marywood, the Calabro name stands tall. Gwen Calabro and her four sisters all attended Marywood College and ardently supported their alma mater. Their contribution to the region has also left a mark—with Gwen’s father, Joseph Calabro, opening one of the first Pennsylvania movie theaters in Carbondale in 1922.
Following in Joseph’s footsteps, Michael and Gwen opened their first business, the Maple Drive-In Theatre in Honesdale in 1953; then, in 1969, they purchased the Circle Drive-In Theatre. Michael continues to operate the drive-in theatre, along with a flea market and the Circle of Screams Halloween Attraction.
The family’s strong ties to the motion picture and entertainment industries made the new Amphitheatre at Marywood a perfect match for the Delfino gift. It is truly a fitting tribute to Gwen and to the Calabro/Delfino Families, who have strived to entertain the community for almost 100 years.
“I am confident the amphitheater will continue our family’s multigenerational commitment to provide entertainment for the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania in perpetuity,” said Michael J. Delfino.
The Amphitheatre, located on the east side of the Learning Commons, will provide a newly expanded, natural tiered lawn and will constitute the ideal open-air setting for academics, staged art, outdoor exhibitions, and recreation. The appealing outdoor space of the Amphitheatre enhances Marywood’s continuing commitment to provide the community with an array of cultural events and educational opportunities.
“I am confident the amphitheater will continue our family’s multigenerational commitment to provide entertainment for the people of Northeastern Pennsylvania in perpetuity.”