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Gettysburg is a great place to come out and embrace history and learn about all the popular, notable names of the day. This summer long, other famous names will be floating about as the Majestic Theater features weekly classic movies.

According to Majestic, the theater's movie-going tradition dates back to Cecil B. DeMille's 10-reel melodrama, The Road to Yesterday, which was featured at the theater's opening gala on November 14, 1925. Over the years, the theater has grown into a performing arts center but continues with the traditions ingrained in cinema as well. The theater even features two new cinemas with comfortable stadium seating, 35-mm and digital film projection, high-tech sound, gourmet concessions and comfortable seating.

Wednesdays over the summer mean classic movies at the Majestic. The Summer Classics Series, which kicked-off its 2013 season in early June, has already featured many of Hollywood's greatest landmark films of all time. Charlton Heston's The Ten Commandments (1956) started the scene on June 5, followed by Singin' in the Rain on June 12 and then Lawrence of Arabia on June 19. The month of June concluded with His Gal Friday.

In honor of Independence Day, as well as the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Majestic celebrated with an appropriate, more recent classic as they showed Gettysburg (1992). There will be no features shown during the weeks of July 10 and July 17, but the classics continue on to wrap things up in July with An American in Paris on the 24th and Fort Apache on July 31.

Movies will continue on through August starting with Sullivan's Travels on Aug. 7. and then The Red Shoes on Aug. 14. Cary Grant will be on the scene in North by Northwest on Aug. 24 and Guys and Dolls will take it all home on Aug. 28.

The summer classics series from Majestic started a couple years back and have since emerged into an annual tradition. Featured films and film series at the theater take on a broad range of disciplines including documentaries, profile art films, American independent films, foreign language films, short subjects, film festival prize winners and of course classics, like the ones featured during the Classics Summer Series. So keep the classical appeal in Gettysburg alive as you pursue the historical in a very different way this summer—by going to the movies.

The Majestic Theater is located at 25 Carlisle Street. For more information on movies and other upcoming entertainments, visit www.gettysburgmajestic.org.

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