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

Unfortunately, this theater has closed.

Here are other local theaters and points of interest:

Aaron & Jessica’s Buggy Rides

3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), (Between Bird-in-Hand & Intercourse), Ronks, PA 17572, 717-768-8828

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Ride like the Amish do… with a Horse and Buggy view!  Our Amish drivers escort you through working Amish farms. Several family priced ride options available. ASK ABOUT OUR Private Rides! Group tours welcome. Located at Plain and Fancy Farm just east of Bird-in-Hand along Route 340.   Visit Website

American Music Theatre

2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17602, 800-648-4102, 717-397-7700

The entertainment never stops at the AMT! All year long you can enjoy celebrity concerts, Broadway tours, and original shows. You'll leave with a song in your heart. Located across from Rockvale Outlets and just down the street from Dutch Wonderland. Call, or go to AMTshows.com for their current schedule.

Amish Country Homestead & One-Room School

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

Tour the only officially designated “Heritage Site” Amish house. Explore the nine rooms as your certified guide unravels the riddles of Amish clothing and life without electricity. Sit at authentic Amish desks in the Fisher One-Room School and learn how eight grades are taught in one room.   Visit website

Amish Experience SuperSaver Tour

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

Enjoy the emotional story of “Jacob’s Choice” in the Amish Experience Theater. Explore the Amish Country Homestead & One-Room School. Discover the spectacular beauty of the Amish farmlands on your 14-passenger shuttle, led by a certified Amish Country tour guide.  Visit website

Amish Experience: Theater, Homestead, & Farm Tours

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

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The Amish Experience is a complete interpretive center focusing on Amish culture and heritage.  Completely surrounded by Amish farmland along Route 340, the experience offers “Jacob’s Choice” in the Amish Experience multi-media Theater, guided walking tours of an Amish House & School, and guided bus tours of the Amish farmland.     Visit Website

AmishView Inn & Suites

at Plain & Fancy Farm, 3125 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt 340), Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 866-735-1600

Tripadvisor’s #1 Lancaster County Hotel. Trivago’s #1 National 3-star Hotel. Located on AAA Scenic Byway. Indoor pool, spa, fitness center, whirlpools & fireplaces make AmishView perfect for an intimate getaway or family vacation. Complimentary breakfast buffet, WiFi, DVD players, special amenities & kitchenettes in every room. Value packages.   Visit website

Bird-in-Hand Stage

2760 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 800-790-4069

Our Broadway-style musicals have been delighting Amish Country audiences since 2011. We have become a favorite stop for live performances in Lancaster County. In 2021, we are thrilled to present the return of the hit musical “Josiah for President” and also to welcome back the hilarious ventriloquism of “Ryan & Friends”.    Visit Website

Cavod Academy of the Arts

665 West Main Street, New Holland, PA 17557, 717-354-3355

A non-profit community theatre company dedicated to producing family-friendly stage plays and Christian entertainment for all ages. We offer live theatre performances of Broadway-style musicals, dramas, and comedies for children and adults to enjoy together. Located in New Holland, our theater is a short drive from Lancaster, Reading, Chester, and other towns throughout south-central and southeastern Pennsylvania. Visit Website

Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre

510 Centerville Road, Lancaster, PA 17601, 717-898-1900

Dutch Apple is a year-round theatre presenting live musicals performed by professional performers from across the country. Dining options include: All American cuisine buffet Sunday- Wednesday evening/all matinees; Served Dinner at your table Thursday Evening; Prime Rib Buffet Friday/Saturday Evening. Group Rates for parties of 16 or more. Visit website

Jacob’s Choice at the Amish Experience Theater

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

Discover the world of the Amish today through the emotional struggle of the Fisher family to preserve 400 years of tradition. Five screens, smoke, fire, wind and Disney-like special effects immerse you in this dramatic story as you experience what it’s really like to be Amish.  Visit website

Magic & Wonder

NEW ADDRESS:  Magic & Wonder Theater,  3065 Lincoln Hwy. (U.S. Route 30),  Paradise, PA 17562,  717-323-3077

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Brett Myers and his magical cast return in a new show of grand illusion, audience participation, and comedy. Witness a woman impossibly floating in midair and experience true wonder as you unleash your imagination in this 90-minute theatrical production for all ages!    Visit Website

Sight & Sound Theatres

300 Hartman Bridge Road, Ronks (Strasburg), PA 17572, 800-377-1277

For more than 40 years, Sight & Sound Theatres® has been bringing Bible stories to life on stage. Every production is a spectacular show with a meaningful message. Edge-of-your-seat action meets heartfelt drama on a panoramic stage, featuring massive sets, special effects, and live animals.   Visit website

Smokehouse BBQ and Brews at Plain & Fancy Farm

3121 Old Philadelphia Pike (Rt. 340), one mile east of Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
717-768-4400

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Authentic BBQ, house-made sauces, sides, salads, hand-crafted brews & spirits. Menu also includes Traditional Lancaster County Favorites including Amish country's original Build Your Own Feast.  Buggy Rides, Theater, Homestead, Tours & Shopping on-premise.  7 days.  Call Ahead Seating & Walk-ins welcome.
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Lancaster’s Most Unique Show, The Magic Lantern Show Welcomes You!

The only full-time Magic Lantern show in the world is right here in Lancaster County.  Using an antique Magic Lantern, a professional actor or “Showman” brings amazing shows to life right before your eyes! Pre-dating motion pictures, the Magic Lantern uses original, hand painted images from the 1800’s along with story-telling, music, comedy, drama and even special effects to create an “Old-Fashioned Entertainment with a Modern Flair”.

Now you can experience this amazing entertainment.   Audiences have raved about these shows calling it “Fabulous and not to be missed” as well as “A great experience…A new family tradition!”

 

Four Different Shows are Available

Four different shows are available to the public:

"The Underground Railroad Experience":  The quest for freedom is brought to life in front of you with the story of slavery in America and the daring escapes to freedom.  Live, costumed actors pair with The Magic Lantern to tell this dramatic story.   

“This Is My Country”:  A memorable journey through the beginnings of our country including the early settlers at Plymouth Rock, the fight for American independence and the Civil War. “Fireworks explode overhead” and cannon’s roar in this wonderful story that is told through the eyes of one family.   

For Halloween, the “Theater of Fear” opens for a limited run.  A mesmerizing experience based on “Phantasmagoria” shows of the 19th Century.  Featuring terrifying images from the 1800’s, a visit from Mr. Edgar Allan Poe who will be sharing several of his works and the amazing Edwina Nightshade and her special skills that are guaranteed to thrill. A one of a kind show that cannot be seen anywhere other than here at “The Theater of Fear”!   

“A Christmas Journey”:  The Magic Lantern Show that should not be missed!  A joyful, humorous and powerful celebration of the Holidays.  Stories like “Twas The Night Before Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol” are just a part of this heartwarming show.  “A wonderful performance and experience”.   

For Groups of 25 or more only upon request

  • The Bible Stories Show:  Relive familiar stories from the Old and New Testaments.  This Victorian Bible Stories show also includes the dramatic story of Ben-Hur.
  • “This Is My Country”:  A memorable journey through the beginnings of our country including the early settlers at Plymouth Rock, the fight for American independence and the Civil War. “Fireworks explode overhead” and cannon’s roar in this wonderful story that is told through the eyes of one family. 
  • “A Christmas Journey”: The Magic Lantern Show that should not be missed!  A joyful, humorous and powerful celebration of the Holidays.  Stories like “Twas The Night Before Christmas” and “A Christmas Carol” are just a part of this heartwarming show.  “A wonderful performance and experience”. 
  • The Underground Railroad Experience: The quest for freedom is brought to life in front of you with the story of slavery in America and the daring escapes to freedom.  Live, costumed actors pair with The Magic Lantern to tell this dramatic story. 

 

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