Central Pennsylvania’s premier regional theater, known as “The Grand Old Lady of Prince Street”, combines Broadway caliber musicals, comedies and dramas with the grandeur of ornate Victorian architecture. This professional regional theater company nurtures the mind and soul of the Lancaster community through a season of plays designed uniquely for today’s audience and impacts the national theater community by commissioning and producing world premieres and re-imagined works of note.
The Fulton first opened its doors in 1852. Today, 160 years later, this theater continues to entertain, educate, and delight audiences, bringing live theater, music and more than 130,000 patrons into downtown Lancaster annually.
“From a meeting hall, to the “Queen of the Roadhouses” through Vaudeville, the movies, near destruction, salvation and on to the cutting edge of contemporary theatre, the history of this majestic place chronicles the evolution of the American Stage.
The Fulton Opera House, considered to be the nation’s oldest continuously operating theatre, is one of only eight theatres to be named a National Historic Landmark. Many of the “greats” of the American and International stage have performed on her boards. The list is extensive and includes most of the Barrymore family, Sarah Bernhardt, W. C. Fields, Alfred Lunt, Al Jolson, and Irene Dunne, Mark Twain, a young actress named Helen Brown (later known as Helen Hayes), Marcel Marceau and hundreds more.” — from the Fulton Theatre’s website
The Fulton Theatre, located at 12 North Prince Street in downtown Lancaster, is committed to a variety of education and outreach activities, which include the Fulton Academy of Theatre, numerous workshops, residencies in the region’s schools , and more.