A Perfect Gem: The Fulton Theatre and What It Means to Lancaster

A Perfect Gem: The Fulton Theatre and What It Means to Lancaster

Photo of Leslie Stainton.
Leslie Stainton


On Thursday, October 21, 2021, join author and historian, Leslie Stainton, for a retrospective look at the history of Lancaster’s Fulton Theater, particularly the storied history of the Fulton’s growth, evolution, and engagement with the Lancaster community. Stainton will share the story of the Fulton’s origin in the mid-nineteenth century, the owners who shaped it and the actors who graced its stage, and what role the theatre played in the community. While most theatres fell into disrepair throughout the early years of the 20th century or succumbed to the popularization of the movie theater, how did the Fulton Theatre persevere and what does that say about the Lancaster community? Learn this and more at our upcoming October Colloquium.

Leslie Stainton is the author of Staging Ground: An American Theater and Its Ghosts (Penn State Press, 2014), a history-memoir about one of America’s most haunted buildings, the Fulton Theatre of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Stainton has written essays for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Sun Magazine, American Scholar, Michigan Quarterly Review, River Teeth, and other publications. A two-time Fulbright award recipient, Stainton holds a BA in drama from Franklin and Marshall College and an MFA in dramaturgy from the University of Massachusetts. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she teaches writing at the University of Michigan Residential College. Stainton is at work on a book about her slaveholding ancestors, the Scarletts of Georgia. She serves on the board of directors of the Slave Dwelling Project and is a past board member of Coming to the Table.


This event will take place online via Zoom on October 21, 2021 at 7pm Eastern. This is NOT an in-person event.

The program is free and open to the public but requires advance registration. Register online by clicking “Get Tickets” below or by calling (717) 392-4633. Your link to the Zoom event will be emailed to you upon successful registration. If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, we highly recommend reading our Virtual Event Guide & FAQ in advance the of the event. Registration for this program will close online on October 21 at 6:50 ET.

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Online/Virtual Event Lecture

October 21, 2021 Online via Zoom 7pm Eastern FREE | Registration Required