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May 2022: Summer Classic Movies kick off June 8

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater will celebrate 15 years of Summer Classic Movies when the annual series begins June 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic 1925 auditorium. Enjoy classic movies in the beautifully restored historic theater Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m. June through August. Tickets for each film are just $8 and are on sale now. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

“After being stuck at home and watching films on your iPhone, rediscover the fun of watching great classic films up on the giant screen in the company of your friends and neighbors,” urged Jeffrey Gabel, the Majestic’s Founding Executive Director.  “The emotions elicited by a movie are magnified in a crowd so you scream louder and laugh heartier.  Even better, you get to binge on the Majestic’s award-winning buttered popcorn.” For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

April 2022: First-ever film festival dedicated to films of Ken Burns to be held February 2013

Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater announced April 20 it will host the first-ever film festival dedicated solely to the work of award winning documentarian Ken Burns next February 10-12, 2023. More than a career retrospective, festival-goers will engage with Burns, his collaborators, historians, and Gettysburg College students in consequential conversations about the simple question Burns has explored in all his films about American history: Who Are We? Festival tickets and passes will be available June 17. For more information click here.

March 2022: Majestic introduces open captions for most first-run films

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater will begin offering open captioned screenings of most first-run films weekly on Tuesdays starting March 15. The screenings aim to make the movie-going experience accessible to more members of the Gettysburg and Adams County communities.

 “Open Captions” means that daily movies will be presented with captioned dialogue shown on screen to all viewers, much like a subtitled film in a foreign language. This is in contrast to “closed captions,” which can be enabled by movie viewers at the Majestic by using a captioning device available at the Box Office. Presenting movies with open captions makes movies more accessible to people who are deaf, hard of hearing, for whom English is a second language, or who prefer watching movies with captions.

Open captions will be offered for all films for which captions are available every Tuesday at all show times. For any movie show time throughout the week, assistive listening and closed captioning devices are available to all patrons at the Box Office.

January 2022: Movie Six Pack Program ends Feb. 28

The Majestic’s Movie Six Pack Program, through which patrons can purchase six movie tickets and receive the seventh free, will end February 28. We apologize for discontinuing this benefit, but it was necessary due to rising distributor fees and reduced box office revenues caused by the pandemic. Starting March 1, program rewards cards will not be issued to cinema patrons. There is no expiration date on redeeming rewards cards.

July 2021: Majestic announces 2021-2022 Celebrity Season, return of live shows

It is finally time to celebrate “Another Opening, Another Show” at Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater with an exciting lineup of live performances on the historic stage starting this fall. The 2021-2022 Celebrity Season kicks off in September and includes live music, breathtaking adventure films, magical shadow dancing, musical theater, nostalgic and funny live plays, and even a jaw-dropping fusion of improv comedy and hypnosis from comedy legend Colin Mochrie! Tickets are now on sale. Find the full season schedule of events by clicking here.

May 2021: Majestic Theater Cinemas Reopen May 21

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater will reopen its first-run daily cinema center on Friday, May 21 after being closed for over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tickets and show times will initially be limited, so advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets are $9 each. “The pandemic has devastated theaters across America, so May 21st will be a day of great rejoicing,” noted Jeffrey Gabel, Founding Executive Director. “Not only at the Majestic but at all downtown shops, restaurants, and the borough parking garage, which are patronized by our movie-goers.” Read the full reopening announcement by clicking here.

April 2021: Majestic Theater Equipment Endowment Campaign tops $300,000

Thanks to the visionary philanthropy of the J. William Warehime Foundation of Hanover, PA and the generosity of over 125 donors, Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater has successfully raised $318,000 to establish a dedicated endowment fund for the continuous upgrading and repair of its theatrical equipment. Read the full campaign report by clicking here.

October 2020: Majestic celebrates 95th birthday with crowdfunding campaign

Even though the Majestic has been closed since March due to the pandemic, it has been emboldened to launch an on-line fundraising campaign because the theater received a spectacular birthday gift.  The J. William Warehime Foundation of Hanover, PA has awarded the Majestic a $100,000 matching grant to start a dedicated endowment fund for the continuous upgrading of its theatrical equipment. Read more by clicking here

February 2020: 40th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration uplifts the power of words

The Majestic Theater hosted composer and pianist Damien Sneed’s “We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” on Jan. 25 as the event's headliner. This musical performance showcased selections of African-American music traditions, as well as interwoven spoken word from King’s recorded speeches. Read more about this event made possible through a partnership with College and community partners by clicking here.

July 2019: Gettysburg cinema majestically strong in streaming age

With the perfect balance of contemporary and nostalgia, the Majestic Theater in down-town Gettysburg stands as a beacon in the community and prides itself in being “the grandest small town theater in the US.” Read more from the July 13 edition of the Gettysburg Times by clicking here.

September 2018: Majestic Theater Launches Centennial Endowment Name a Seat Campaign

The Majestic Theater has launched a campaign to name seats in the main auditorium in support of the Majestic Theater Centennial Endowment Campaign, offering the general public an opportunity to help the campaign reach its $1 million cash goal by the end of 2018. Read more about getting involved here.

April 2018: History and performance come together at theater conference

Gettysburg’s Majestic Theater hosted the spring regional conference of the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) in April 2018, in the process welcoming more than 80 performing arts professionals from theaters of all sizes. Speakers included experts from Broadway and Disney Theatrical Group, as well as Jeffrey Gabel, Founding Executive Director of the Majestic Theater. Read more...

March 2018: Majestic Theater hosts regional theater conference, April 10-11

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater will welcome dozens of theater managers as host of a regional professional development conference presented by the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT), April 10-11, 2018.

During the two-day event, attendees will participate in a broad range of interactive, educational sessions on topics including historic preservation and restoration, fundraising, audience security, marketing, film presentation, and concessions. Read more

January 2018: 'The Show Must Go On'

LeVan_webDavid LeVan ’68 wasn’t unlike many other children. He would sprint to the outskirts of his family’s lawn in Gettysburg, adorned in his favorite—albeit oversized—cowboy hat, and dream of his moment to save the day.

Loyalty, honor, and a steady hand in times of uncertainty—these were the attributes that defined his silver screen heroes, icons like John Wayne and Gary Cooper who lifted his spirit and captivated the imagination of friends and neighbors at the Majestic Theater. Read more about LeVan's lifelong support of the Majestic

February 2015: 'Adams community remembers 'extraordinary' Jennifer LeVan'

LeVan devoted herself to a wide spectrum of efforts from the renovation of the Majestic Theater and historic Lincoln train station in downtown Gettysburg to aiding children, honoring veterans, and supporting the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Read more

August 2013: Majestic Executive Elected Vice President of National Historic Theatre Board

Jeffrey W. Gabel, Founding Executive Director of Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater, has been elected to serve as vice president of the board of directors of the League of Historic American Theatres starting in January 2014. Read more

May 2013: Gettysburg College's Majestic Theater dedicates the John R. White Memorial Cinemas

On Tuesday, May 21st at 4 p.m., more than 80 invited guests gathered at the Majestic Theater for the dedication of the John R. White Memorial Cinemas which include the performing art center’s two cinemas which show first run independent films. Read more

January 2013: Majestic Theater Tops Digital Cinema Campaign Goal

Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater proudly announced today their “Save Our Downtown Movies” campaign has raised $161,703 which exceeds its $150,000 goal to convert its two cinemas to digital projection. The U.S. movie industry is abandoning 35mm film production after more than 100 years in favor of high tech digital cinema. By summer 2013, all cinemas in America must be converted to digital or go out of business. Read more

December 2011: Good Friends Gabel and LeGros Create Shared Legacy

When Jean and Jeffrey met at the Majestic Theater to talk with us about their gift, there was trumpet practice sounding from off-stage. "Never a dull moment here," said Jean LeGros '73. "That's why we built it!" quipped Jeffrey Gabel in response, noting that a typical day includes thirteen hours of active use of the facility. While working for Gettysburg College, LeGros found joy in raising funds to transform the historic Majestic Theater into a state-of-the-art performance venue, a highlight of her thirty years of work for the College. Eight years ago, Jean was among the first to welcome Jeffrey to the community after he was named Founding Executive Director of the Theater. Gabel's response? "I can tell we are going to be great colleagues and friends." Today, these friends have come together to create the Jean LeGros and Jeffrey Gabel Endowment for Family Programming at the Majestic Theater, to be fully funded with gifts from their estates.

June 2011: Gabel confirmed by Senate for PA Council of the Arts

On June 14, 2011, Governor Tom Corbett announced that the Pennsylvania Senate had confirmed his appointment of Jeffrey W. Gabel to serve on the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts (PCA), a state agency in the Office of the Governor since 1966 that fosters the excellence, diversity, and vitality of the arts in Pennsylvania. Gabel is the founding executive director of the historic Majestic Theater in downtown Gettysburg that is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a cultural treasure for its students and the Greater Adams County community

January 2011: Majestic Executive Elected to National Historic Theatre Board

Jeffrey Gabel, Founding Executive Director of the Majestic Theater, has been elected to serve a three year term on the board of directors of The League of Historic American Theatres which begins in January 2011. The election took place on July 16th, 2010 at the League's 34th annual conference and theatre tour in San Antonio, TX

April 2006: Majestic Theater Named for the LeVans

April 13, 2006 - In honor of the largest personal financial gift to the restoration of the Majestic Theater, the complex has been named for Jennifer and David LeVan. The family donated over $1 million, helping to obtain the needed $8.5 million in grants from the state to complete the project.

With only $250,000 left to raise, the stainless steel lettering under the marquee reads, "The Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center." More than 500 companies and individuals have donated to the project, which was completed in November of 2005.