Magic Lantern Shows at the Plain & Fancy Theatre

Magic Lantern Shows
at the
Plain & Fancy Theater

3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340)
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
717-768-8400

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The Only Permanent Magic Lantern Theatre Welcomes You

Travel back 100 years to experience rarely-seen stories and music of this unique form of entertainment. Before movies were developed the Magic Lantern provided entertainment to audiences in the late 1800’s. A live showman entertained theater-goers by telling stories and projecting colorful images onto a screen. These stories included music, drama, and comedy.

Wonderful hand-painted illustrations and 19th-century “special effects” brought the Showman’s storytelling performance to life.

Well, today you can experience this original form of entertainment at the only permanent Magic Lantern theater , and it’s located here in Lancaster County.

Three Different Shows are Available

Three different shows are available to audiences:

  • The Bible Stories Show – Relive familiar stories from the Old and New Testaments.  This victorian Bible Stories show is available for groups of 20 or more
  • The Patriotic Show – Explore our nation’s history, including the early settlers at Plymouth Rock, the fight for American independence, and the Civil War
  • The Christmas Show – Enjoy a Victorian family’s traditional Christmas Eve celebration,  complete with classic Christmas stories and poems

See a video preview to the Magic Lantern.

See Current Show, Hours, and Prices

See their current show schedule and prices.

Experience this old-time show at the only permanent magic lantern theater in the world – the Plain & Fancy Theatre along Route 340 between Bird-in-Hand and Intercourse, PA.

Magic Lantern Shows
at the
Plain & Fancy Theater

3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340)
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
717-768-8400

Visit Website

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3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340), Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 717-768-8400

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3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 717-768-8400

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3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Route 340), Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 717-768-8400

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