Eighty years ago, the doors of the Majestic Theater opened for the first time, welcoming audiences to the largest vaudeville and silent movie theater in south-central Pennsylvania. Built by Henry Scharf as an annex to the historic Gettysburg Hotel, the theater seated 1,200 patrons and proudly served as the cultural crossroads of commerce, college, and community. For the last 80 years, the Majestic is where the Adams County community has gathered to watch its favorite Hollywood stars, win free prizes on Bank Night, smooch in the balcony, and sip a Coke at the Majestic Grill.
In the 1950’s, the Majestic Theater stepped onto the world stage when President Dwight D. Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Eisenhower regularly attended performances, often in the company of world leaders. The theater’s ballroom, and gymnasium, always a popular spot for young people, was often used by the White House press corps for news conferences whenever President Eisenhower was in residence at his Gettysburg farm.
The Majestic Theater now welcomes the world to its stage after a $16 million renovation. Music, drama, dance, family shows, comedy…it’s all here at the Majestic. Nightly independent movies show on two screens and on site art gallery features rotating works. Join us at the Majestic, the grandest small-town theater in America.
To purchase tickets, visit their website, call 717-337-8200, or stop by the Box Office, 25 Carlisle Street, Gettysburg. The Box Office is open Monday through Saturday from Noon until 7:30 pm. and on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. See below for their upcoming spring shows:
Queen of Bingo – Friday April 1 at 8:00 PM
“The Hysterical New Play Where the Audience Plays Along!”
Audiences young and old will howl with laughter as two zany GUYS, playing two crazy GALS, light up the stage in the hit Off-Broadway comedy about Bingo, family bonds, widowhood, diet crazes, winning and losing and sibling rivalry. Just before intermission, the audience gets to join in the fun with a bingo game of its own and the winner gets a 10lb frozen turkey. This event is presented by the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church of Gettysburg as a fund raiser for their school.
A Tribute to the Platters, Coasters & Marvelettes -Wednesday April 13 2011 at 7:30 PM
“3 great shows rock ‘n rolled into one low price”
This tuneful tribute will take you on a sentimental journey through the early years of rock ‘n roll. From Doo Wop to Motown, this show features all the unforgettable classics including “Only You,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “Twilight Time,” “My Prayer.” “Please Mr. Postman”, “Don’t Mess With Bill”, “Yakety Yak,” “Charlie Brown.” and many more!
Roy Clark – Friday May 13 2011 at 8:00 pm
“A Living Legend of Country Music”
Perhaps best known for his decades-long stint as the host of the country-music TV show “Hee Haw,” Clark is a multi-award winning virtuoso, actor, vocalist and philanthropist who for the last 40 years has headlined some of the world’s most prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, the Grand Palace in Brussels and the Rossiya Theatre in Moscow. With a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Roy comes to the Majestic Theater with his multi-instrumental band ready to wow the audience with his incomparable talents and fun-loving down-home spirit.