Fulton Theatre

12 North Prince Street,
Lancaster, PA 17608

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FULTON Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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Built in 1852, by renown Philadelphian architect, Samuel Sloan, the Fulton Opera House is the oldest continuously operating theatre in the United States. An equally impressive fact is that it’s one of only THREE national historic landmark theatres.

Its Victorian design and two balconies are in sharp contrast to the movie palaces built between the mid-1920’s and throughout the 1930’s. Different, of course, but every bit as impressive as a 3,000+ seat movie palace. This 683 seat gem with its beautiful interior restoration compares favorably to any theatre I’ve seen.

Contributed by Richard Grows

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm

The name on their website is Fulton Theatre.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm

This is another photo of the Fulton Theater.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 14, 2008 at 11:54 am

Here is a recent shot of the Fulton at night.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Another photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 27, 2009 at 7:09 pm

An interior photo can be seen here.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 25, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Here are two 1985 photos:

Photo1

Photo2

dennisczimmerman
dennisczimmerman on April 25, 2009 at 9:54 pm

That interior photo is from about 10-12 years ago when they remodeled the interior. They reduced the seating by installing more comfortable seats in a different arrangement.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 27, 2010 at 7:21 am

The line in the intro saying that the Fulton is one of only three theaters in the U.S. that is listed as a National Historic Landmark may have been true at one time, but the NHL program’s web site now lists nine: the Fox in Detroit; the Fox in Atlanta; the Fulton; the theater of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival at Beckett, Massachusetts; the Majestic in San Antonio; the Ohio Theatre in Columbus; the Pabst in Milwaukee; the Paramount in Oakland, California; and the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Undoubtedly, more will be added to the list in the future.

The National Historic Landmark program is not the same thing as the National Register of Historic Places, a much longer list which includes a much greater number of theaters.

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on December 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm

A beautiful piece of architecture. Photos from 2010: Facade,
Marquee

JackCoursey
JackCoursey on December 1, 2010 at 8:48 pm

A beautiful piece of architecture. Photos from 2010: Facade,
Marquee

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