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History 

Making the Majestic, Majestic Again!

The Gettysburg Majestic Theater Renovation Project is a visionary partnership of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Greater Adams County community and Gettysburg College who purchased the building in 1992 as part of its long-term commitment to the revitalization of downtown. The partnership's bright vision for the Majestic's future is the result of a three-year feasibility study that documented the community's needs, and involved more than 200 community members who provided information and guidance through interviews, workshops, and correspondence.

The bold mission of the Gettysburg Majestic Theater Renovation Project:

  • Restore the theater to its original 1925 Colonial Revival splendor;
  • Create a new, 1950s cinema wing in honor of the theater's Eisenhower era;
  • Renovate the facility to modern technical standards for the performing arts, cinema, and audience comfort, safety and accessibility;
  • Operate the theater year-round to enliven the cultural life of the whole community by presenting a broad range of high-quality programs including Broadway shows, classical and popular music, dance, comedy, children's classics, local college and community performers, American independent films, film classics, and foreign films;
  • Contribute to the economic revitalization of downtown.

In 2003 and 2004, a team of leading national experts in theater design and historic restoration conducted exhaustive research based on archival photographs, original architectural drawings, and on-site investigation in order to recreate the auditorium's 1925 opulent atmosphere. The construction project also modernized the theater's backstage production facilities, brought life-safety systems up to code, and vastly improved patron amenities. The total cost of the construction project was $16.5 million.

 

Majestic Theater Interior Restorations:

  • Decorative pressed tin ceiling, burnished with rich glazes
  • Stained glass chandeliers with crystal decorations
  • Proscenium arch framed by massive Doric columns and pilasters
  • Elaborate stage draperies
  • Stunning color pallet of Gingersnap Brown, Terrain Tan, Oak-Buff Yellow, Carlsbad Canyon Orange, Iron Gate Gray, Eucalyptus Leaf Blue Green, and Glazes of Gold and Bronze
  • Deep plush patron seating with cast iron end standards
  • Custom-woven carpets in thick wool pile
  • Raked balcony seating for clear sight lines

 

Front of House Improvements:

  • Spacious lobbies and grand staircase
  • Computerized box office services
  • Spacious and luxurious bathrooms
  • Complete accessibility
  • Art Gallery
  • Gourmet concessions and beverage bars
  • Patrons' lounge for meetings and receptions
  • Ushers' lounge
  • Staging area for catering
  • Administration office suites

 

Backstage Improvements:

  • Expanded production area with multiple dressing rooms, performers' green room, laundry, work rooms, and storage
  • State-of-the-art theatrical systems for fly space, rigging, lighting, amplification, in-house communications, broadcast and recording
  • Orchestra pit and electronic lift with stage apron
  • Orchestra sound shell
  • Tractor trailer loading dock and industrial elevator

 

Two New Cinemas:

  • Stadium seating with drink cup holders
  • Christy-digital projection systems
  • Dolby-digital surround sound system
  • Stage, lighting, and sound system for pre-film lectures
  • Café for post-film refreshments and discussions

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