Gettysburg College’s Majestic Theater heralds the arrival of warmer temperatures and longer days with the return of its Summer Classic Movie series for the 13th year. Enjoy classic movies in the beautifully restored historic theater Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., June through August. Tickets are $6.00 and will be available starting June 1.
The series opens on June 5 with a showing of the epic 1962 film The Longest Day. The Majestic Theater commemorates the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing at Normandy with this star-studded film which relives the sacrifice and struggle of June 6, 1944. In addition to this special showing, throughout the summer the Majestic’s art gallery will host “Voices from D-Day” a free exhibit from Gettysburg College’s Musselman Library which includes oral histories from Adams County veterans who participated in the landing.
Classics from the golden age of cinema are featured on the giant screen throughout the summer with The Wizard of Oz (1939) on June 26, and a 75th anniversary showing of the madcap comedy Hail the Conquering Hero (1944) on July 3. Other comedic favorites light up the screen when Smokey & The Bandit (1977) work to evade Sheriff Buford T. Justice on July 10, and bizarre scaremeister Beetlejuice (1988) assists ghostly newlyweds with an eviction on Aug. 14.
Top thriller and horror titles are also featured with The Exorcist (1973) on July 24, and Rear Window (1954) on Aug. 21. Decipher whether women and men can truly be friends on July 31 with When Harry Met Sally (1989) and follow a retired gunslinger (Clint Eastwood) on his last job in Unforgiven (1992) on Aug. 7. The 2019 series closes on Aug. 28 with Field of Dreams (1989).
Each ticket includes a chance to win free raffle prizes and lively introductions by the Majestic’s favorite movie buff, Founding Executive Director Jeffrey Gabel.
“Wednesday nights in downtown Gettysburg will be THE place to be this summer,” enthused Gabel. “In addition to our popular classic films, the Majestic will be presenting two once-in-a-lifetime, live events, on June 19, we are partnering with the Gettysburg Community Theatre to host the National Community Theatre Festival with companies from across the United States, and on July 17 international rock star Elvis Costello will perform with his band The Imposters. Tickets to both events are available on our website.”
A full schedule is available online at www.gettysburgmajestic.org. To purchase tickets starting June 1, visit online; call the box office at (717)337-8200; or stop by at 25 Carlisle St., Gettysburg. The box office is open Monday through Saturday, 12-7 p.m. and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free parking and roundtrip shuttle service for each showing is available from Gettysburg College’s Constitution Parking Lot. Shuttle starts one hour before each performance and is ADA accessible. Metered parking is available at the Gettysburg Borough Parking Garage in Race Horse Alley as well as along Carlisle Street.
The Majestic Theater at the Jennifer and David LeVan Performing Arts Center is owned and operated by Gettysburg College as a cultural treasure for its campus and the community.