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'
David 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.
Fall 2015: 'Artful Collaboration: Theaters team-up for 'A Christmas Carol'
The Majestic Theater is looking forward to the fourth year of "A Christmas Carol" in December 2018. Click here to read more about the collaboration that makes the show possible.
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
2015: The Majestic Theater is turning 90! Enjoy this insiders look at the Majestic Theater!
Thank you to Gettysburg Insider and Oasis Television Productions, Inc. (Oasis produces Gettysburg Insider)
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.