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Downtown York's Premier Ballroom

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ABOUT THE VALENCIA BALLROOM

The Valencia Ballroom in downtown York, Pennsylvania, has welcomed guests like Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller. Today, the venue is one of only a few Swing-era ballrooms still in existence in the United States open to private and public events. Today, the White Rose Restaurant Group manages catering and events reservations for this downtown York attraction.
Make your next event memorable at the Valencia Ballroom.

A HISTORY OF THE VALENCIA BALLROOM

The building housing today’s Valencia was built on North George Street in downtown York, Pennsylvania. Before World War I, the facility, known as “The Coliseum,” served as a lecture hall and hosted musical performances from the pre–World War I era. Following World War I, The Coliseum was the site for leisure and sports activities such as basketball and wrestling.

The Coliseum closed during the Great Depression. Peter Tassia, whose family owned a wholesale green grocery distribution company in York, relocated his business to 156 N. George St., purchases the hall adjoining The Coliseum, which later becomes known as the Valencia Ballroom.

The Tassia family hired renowned York architect Edward Leber to revamp the former Coliseum space to create a swing dance music hall.

The Valencia witnessed another building remodeling and expansion project.

The renovated Valencia facility hosted scores of swing music and big band artists. York’s proximity to major cities enabled the community to attract the talent to the community. During this time, the Tassia family operated a radio station within the 100 block of North George Street to air live music programs that were shared with other radio stations.

The Valencia closed to the public, ending its operation by the Tassia family.

Relocating from a facility near Penn Park in downtown York, York’s Dutch Club acquired the Valencia property and established their club headquarters here. The club operated there for approximately 15 years until it closed.

CATERING MENUS

Our menus are carefully prepared by White Rose Restaurant Group’s co-owner and culinary director Chef David Albright and our Valencia management team. Chef Albright brings more than 30 years of hospitality industry knowledge to White Rose Restaurant Group. He and our team are committed to ensuring that every detail of your event creates a memorable experience for you and your guests at the Valencia.
In addition to the menu options presented here, we can also create a customized menu for any occasion you desire. Thank you and we look forward to serving you soon.

WHAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE VALENCIA BALLROOM

The signature spring-leveled maple dance floor — springs below the wood floor deck provide shock absorption — is one of one two to three of these types of floors that exist in the United States today.

More than 1,600 light bulbs illuminate the main floor of the Valencia.

York maintains three ballroom locations: the Valencia, the ballroom at the historic Yorktowne Hotel (reopening in 2020), and The Alcazar Ballroom at 200 S. George St. (currently a private event space).

The Valencia is one of six remaining buildings in the United States that is still used to host swing dancing and ballroom dancing activities and events today.

LOCAL BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS

Restaurants

White Rose Bar & Grill48 N. Beaver St. / 0.2 mile from venue
717.848.5369
Rockfish Public House110 N George St. / 295 feet from venue
717-893-5928

Art Galleries

Cab Gallery at The Handsome Cab106 N. George St. / 354 feet from venue
717.793.2413
HIVE artspace126 E. King St. / 0.6 mile from venue
917.971.7456
Creative York10 N. Beaver St. / 0.3 mile from venue
717.848.3200
The Parliament Arts Organization116 E. King St. / 0.6 mile from venue
717.467.1731

Arts & Crafts

Cherie Anne Designs48 W. Philadelphia St. / 0.2 mile from venue
717.843.0079
Ewe and Me Yarn Shop36 N. Beaver St. / 0.3 mile from venue
717.848.9276

Clothing and Accessories

Arthur & Daughters49 N. Beaver St. / 0.3 mile from venue
646.269.1869
Sky Optics24 N. Beaver St. / 0.3 mile from venue
717.747.1853
Lele B’s Boutique13 S. Beaver St. / 0.3 mile from venue
717.430.2763

Factory Tours

Sunrise Soap Company29 N. Beaver St. / 0.2 mile from venue
717.843.7627
York City Pretzel Company39 W. Market St. / 0.3 mile from venue
717.467.3556

Photographers

Tony Gibble Photography100 W Hummelstown St. / 26 mile from venue
717.203.3190

Production

717.880.7063

Florists

Charles A. Schaefer Flowers124 W. Market St. / 0.2 mile from venue
717.845.1571
Foster’s Flower Shop27 N. Beaver St. / 0.3 mile from venue
717.650.6009

Gifts

Kaletta’s57 N. Beaver St. / 0.3 mile from venue
717.854.0440
Memory Lane Sweets11 S. Beaver St. / 0.3 mile from venue
717.850.3373

Museums

Agricultural & Industrial Museum217 W. Princess St. / 0.6 mile from venue
717.848.1587
Colonial Complex152 E. Market St. / 0.4 mile from venue
717.848.1587
York County History Center Museum250 E. Market St. / 0.6 mile from venue
717.848.1587
Bonham House152 E. Market St. / 0.4 mile from venue
717.848.1587
Fire Museum152 E. Market St. / 1.3 mile from venue
717.848.1587

Sports

York Revolution Professional Minor League BaseballPeoplesBank Park - 5 Brooks Robinson Way / 0.5 mile from venue
717.801.4487

Theater, Cinema, and Music

Appell Center for the Performing Arts50 N. George St. / 0.1 mile from venue
717.846.1111

Want to know more about events and other can’t-miss places to explore in downtown York?  Check in with Downtown Inc and the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I get to the Valencia Ballroom?

The Valencia Ballroom is located in downtown York, Pennsylvania. Downtown York is easily accessible from all points north, south, east, and west. The main roadways into the city are George and Queen streets from the north and south, and Market and Philadelphia streets from the east and west.

From Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and all locations east:

  • Travel on S. Route 30 West to North George Street.
  • Turn left onto North George Street.
  • Travel south on George Street. The Valencia Ballroom is at 142 N. George St.

From Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and all locations north:

  • Travel on I-83 South to U.S. Route 30 West to Exit 22 (North George Street).
  • Stay in the middle lane and turn right at the right onto North George Street.
  • Travel south on George Street. The Valencia Ballroom is at 142 N. George St.

From Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and all locations west:

  • Travel on S. Route 30 East to North George Street.
  • Turn right onto North George Street.
  • Travel south on George Street. The Valencia Ballroom is at 142 N. George St.

From Baltimore, Maryland, and all locations south:

  • Travel on I-83 North to Exit 15 (South George Street).
  • Follow signs for Business Route I-83 and South George Street.
  • Stay straight on George Street. The Valencia Ballroom is at 142 N. George St.

Where can I park my vehicle?

Parking is plentiful in York, with 350 on-street meters and 1,260 garage spaces in three garages located within walking distance to the Valencia Ballroom.

Parking meters are enforced Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking is free on Sundays and holidays observed by the City of York, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for parking meters located in the retail areas of the city. Meters are marked with the hours of operation and enforcement. Meter rates are 5 cents per 3 minutes, 10 cents per 6 minutes, and 25 cents per 15 minutes. A maximum of 2 hours is allowed at all York City meters.

Parking garages are located at:

  • Market Street (41 E. Market St.)
  • Philadelphia Street (25 W. Philadelphia St.)
  • King Street (15 W. King St.)
  • Central Market (Intersection of West Philadelphia and North Beaver streets)

What is the seating capacity for the main event space inside the Valencia?

The main event space (approximately 50 by 100 feet) seats a maximum of 550 people.

What hospitality amenities are provided at the Valencia?

White Rose Bar & Grill Catering provides full bar and food service at the Valencia as well as linens, chairs, and tables.

What type of catering is available at the Valencia?

White Rose Bar & Grill Catering can provide packages for buffet options. For other types of catering, please use our contact form.

Are audio-visual services available at the Valencia?

Yes, you can secure audio-visual services from one of our preferred vendors. Internet and Wi-Fi access are available in the building.

What are some of the Valencia’s distinctive features?

The Valencia offers a full-service bar in the facility in addition to a dance floor, stage for entertainment, and a balcony that overlooks the main-level event space. Learn more about the history of the Valencia history  in downtown York, Pennsylvania.

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