Majestic Theater

29 Carlisle Street,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

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DavidZornig on November 29, 2019 at 11:33 pm

1969 photo added credit Thom Fitzberger.

rivest266 on July 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm

November 25th, 1925 grand opening ad in photo section

Lkoger on January 23, 2013 at 9:58 am

Good news. The Majestic has exceeded it’s goal of $150K to replace it’s two 35mm projectors, guranteeing the tradition of nightly films will continue in downtown Gettysburg. As of this post, the total contributions have exceeded $163K.

Lkoger on October 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm

The Majestic’s efforts to raise funds for the transition to digital projection are on target and, as of this writing, are close to not only reaching the goal but will likely exceed it. The plans are to replace the 35mm projectors in the two smaller auditoriums and also the current digital projector in the main auditorium which is used for the summer classic film series and an occasional film throughout the year.

muviebuf on June 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Looks like the two screens which were created from the adjoining building in 2005 to show art films may be in trouble due to digital. Video limk:


kencmcintyre on April 10, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Here is a November 1939 ad from the Gettysburg Times:

TLSLOEWS on February 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Thanks for the photos and infor Mike and Lost Memory.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 13, 2009 at 7:17 pm

I Thought this might be the MAJESTIC THEATRE in the Late 80’s short lived TV SERIES THE POPCORN KID. Yep, the entire show took place in the MAJESTIC theatre. The show was on CBS for about 6 episodes. So it goes.

MPol on January 25, 2009 at 11:27 pm

I love that rounded marquee. It’s cool!

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 9, 2008 at 12:08 am

A 1996 view of the Majestic Theater in Gettysburg.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 30, 2008 at 12:28 am

The architect for the restoration of the Majestic Theater was Killis Almond, of Killis Almond & Associates, a San Antonio, Texas, based firm specializing in the restoration of historic buildings. Click on their “Projects” link to find a link to a page about this theater, as well as links to pages about some of their other theater projects.

JohnMessick on March 12, 2008 at 6:11 pm

Markedmunds….Your right the main auditorium was twinned. The other screen was on the former stage. Not in the balcony. You walked down a long hallway built inside the 2nd auditorium then onto the former stage.

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on March 12, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Lived in Fairfield in 1986 and the Majestic was a decent(only) place to see a movie, I went to see “Platoon”. The main auditorium was twinned down the middle and they had another screen up stairs in the former balcony. The place was a little shabby, I think Clearview was at the helm then, but you could see thru the neglect that it was once a nice single screen house. Looks great now

Patsy on November 1, 2007 at 11:17 am

Gustavelifting: I visited Gettysburg last November for the Remembrance Weekend and will never see Gettysburg in the same way ever again. You must get the soundtrack of the movie Gettysburg as the music is awesome!

uncleal923 on November 1, 2007 at 12:59 am

I assume this was the one in town. I live on Long Island in New York (like most people don’t know where Long Island is). My second cousin wanted to see the movie Gettysburg in Gettysburg. So, in a brief moment of insanity, we drove her down to this theater to see that movie. We entered as the movie started and, once the movie was over, we drove back. We have made many trips to Gettysburg and toured the battlefield many times, but this was, by far, the shortest since most lasted a few days. We will see you guys down there this weekend, and we plan to spend the night.

TheaterBuff1 on September 23, 2007 at 10:47 pm

Great photos, Lost Memory!

TheaterBuff1 on January 13, 2007 at 1:02 am

Another John Eberson theater, the Yeadon, in Yeadon, Pennsylvania, was torn down last year after a fire had gutted it. And William Harold Lee’s Victoria Theatre in Shamokin, Pennsylvania — his home town — was torn down several years back for a Rite Aid drugstore. On the really good news front though, in addition to the Majestic, the Hiway Theatre in Jenkintown, PA is about to reopen, this having been masterfully reworked by W.H. Lee and William E. Groben. You can read a great article about it at this link: View link And William Harold Lee’s West Shore Theatre just outside of Harrisburg from what I understand is doing really really well right now. And then of course there’s his State Theatre — a palace — up in Easton, PA which appears to be holding up very well. Some great photos of it by Noah Kern, plus Jim Rankin’s excellent commentary added to some, can be seen at: There also continues to be great hope for the Boyd, Philadelphia’s last standing movie palace, originally designed by Paul J. Henon and reworked by W.H. Lee in the 1950s.

Patsy on January 12, 2007 at 9:43 am

TheaterBuff1: Yes, that would be nice. Case in point is an Eberson theatre that was in the small western Pa town of Butler. They torn down their theatre for a bank. I was going to travel to Butler until I was told by a resident that the Butler Theatre was demolished.

TheaterBuff1 on January 12, 2007 at 1:03 am

Yes, I fully agree, what culminated in December 2006 at Gettysburg was very inspiring! Meantime, it might be interesting to note, what brought my attention to Gettysburg in the first place was my interest in the Majestic Theatre. So many of William H. Lee’s theaters throughout the state of Pennsylvania have been demolished or currently are being abusively used for other purposes, while Gettysburg went all out to restore the one it had. I loved what Gettysburg was able to do with its own W.H. Lee theater — the Majestic — while elsewhere in the state where his theaters still stand people kept telling me, “Such can’t be done.” But try telling that to the good folks of Gettysburg! Now if we could just get the rest of the state up to that same level!

Patsy on January 11, 2007 at 7:04 am

TheaterBuff1: Amen. After visiting Gettysburg and especially purchasing the beautiful soundtrack to the movie called Gettysburg I have a much different appreciation and understanding of the area. When just saying the word, Gettysburg it has a different meaning to me now. Growing up the word meant that President of the United States and his wife lived there when not at the White House, but it means so much more to be now. So in December of 2006 congratulations to the fine folks of Gettysburg who fought another battle there.

TheaterBuff1 on January 10, 2007 at 10:39 pm

With the No Casino Gettysburg campaign having proven triumphant it should be noted that that website Patsy cites above is no longer active other than the posting of a lot of spam. It was a very long, tough uphill battle for the good folks of Gettysburg, but now that it’s been won the historic town is now in a period of healing which in itself will take some time to fully resolve. And to that effort I believe the Majestic Theatre itself can become very central. For to be sure it is a beautiful theater and one of William Harold Lee’s best designs. And at a time like this Gettysburg is very lucky to have it!

Patsy on January 10, 2007 at 8:00 pm

Correction: The casino website should be

Patsy on January 10, 2007 at 7:56 pm is the site that announced on Dec. 21 that the casino proposal was defeated! I visited Gettysburg in October for the Civil War Remembrance weekend (Reenactment is in July)and dedication to the Gettysburg train station which is next to the restored Majestic Theatre. I was able to enter the theatre and saw the main single screen auditorium which the Eisenhowers frequented on many occasion during their time in Gettysburg. And off the lobby is the 50’s style Mamie Cafe which is a nice touch.

TheaterBuff1 on November 12, 2006 at 8:21 pm

Going by how the legalized gambling is taking shape in Pennsylvania, particularly with Governor Ed Rendell’s 2006 re-election and with a whopper of a terrible casino to be rising up in Gettysburg soon as a result despite all the outcry, you’ll be getting to see Gettysburg while it’s still a worthwhile and meaningful place to visit. So by all means savor it for all it’s worth.