Fulton Opera House

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Fulton Opera House



U.S.
National Register of
Historic Places



U.S. National Historic
Landmark









The Fulton Opera House
















Location:

12-14 North Prince St.
Lancaster,
Pennsylvania,

USA



Coordinates:






40°2′16.8″N
76°18′29.5″W

 / 

40.038°N 76.308194°W
 /
40.038; -76.308194





Coordinates:




40°2′16.8″N
76°18′29.5″W

 / 

40.038°N 76.308194°W
 /
40.038; -76.308194








Area:

< 1-acre (4,000 m
2)



Built/Founded:

1870



Architect:


Samuel Sloan,

Edwin Forrest Durang



Architectural style(s):

Victorian



Governing body:

Fulton Opera House Foundation



Added to
NRHP:


August 11, 1969


[1
]




Designated
NHL:


January 29, 1964


[2
]




NRHP Reference#:

69000156



The Fulton
Opera House
, also known
as the
Fulton Theatre or simply
The Fulton, is a League of Regional Theatres class C
regional theater located in historic downtown
Lancaster, Pennsylvania.




Contents



  • 1
    Building


  • 2
    Operation


  • 3
    References


  • 4
    External links





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Building
The Fulton Theatre, originally designed by
Samuel Sloan
and later modified by noted theatrical architect
Edwin Forrest Durang, is one of
only three theatres recognized as
National Historic Landmarks
(the others are the
Walnut Street Theatre in
Philadelphia
and the
Goldenrod Showboat in
St.
Louis, Missouri) and is the oldest continually running theatre
in America.
The 1959 production of

Our Town
, starring
Jeanne
Clemson, marked that first time that a live theater production
had been performed at the Fulton Opera House in thirty years.


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Operation
A founding member of the
League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT), the
Fulton is operated by the Fulton Opera House Foundation, a
non-profit organization.
As the Fulton is run on a non-profit basis, it depends on a
variety of grants, corporate sponsorship, and private donations to
accomplish its mission. The Fulton is an
Equity House, operating
under agreement with the Actor's Equity Association and the Union
for Professional Actors and Stage Managers (which essentially means
that its actors and production team are paid per collective
bargaining agreements , as opposed to non-equity actors who are not
paid per collective bargaining agreements or volunteers) and
employs members of the
Stage Directors
and Choreographers Society and the United Scenic Artists. The
Fulton is also a member of
ASSITEJ, the
International Association of Theatre for Children and Young
People.
The Fulton Opera House is home to its own Actor's Company, which
stages seven theatrical productions per year including plays (
Agatha
Christie's

The
Mousetrap
, 2007) and musicals (

Oliver!
, 2006), some of which are world premier originals (critically
acclaimed
Lightning Rod, 2005). Although most casting takes place in
New York City, regional auditions are also held. While many of The
Fulton's regulars are
Lancaster County natives
who are delighted at the chance to return home to perform, nearly
all quickly fall in love with the "Grand Old Lady" and her charm.
[

citation needed
]
In addition to providing a place of employment for professional
actors, the Fulton Opera House is a complete production facility
which employs full-time carpenters, electricians, scenic artists,
painters, composers, lighting and sound technicians. Most set
pieces and costumes are created in-house or at an adjacent
workshop, and makeup, hair, and
wigs are created by a full-time designer.
The Fulton also maintains a costume shop which provides access to
professional quality costumes and props to schools, community
theatre companies, and other organizations throughout the region.
Its public relations department designs all posters and print
materials (which are catalogued and archived by the Lancaster
Historical Society) and maintains a website that allows users to
browse theatre history, check audition times, and purchase
tickets.
Many famous actors have appeared at the Fulton. In December 1930

Basil
Rathbone appeared as Christian St. Obin in
A Kiss of Importance.

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Building Activity

  • updated a digital reference
    about 5 years ago via Annotator