What is a Magic Lantern Show?

Magic Lantern Shows were the most popular form of entertainment in America in the late 1800s, before there were movies. Using a gorgeous wood and brass antique lantern, the performers or “Showmen” would take their audiences on a visual journey filled with drama, mystery and comedy.

And now you can experience this rarely-seen entertainment at the only permanent magic lantern theater in the world. With music, Victorian “special effects,” and images projected through an original 1890 “triunial” lantern, Professor Phineas T. Firefly brings memorable stories to life.

Four different shows are available for groups and the general public. Experience this unique American tradition!