Galveston Historical Foundation
Pier 21 Theater

Pier 21 Theater

Pier 21 | 409-763-8808
Open Wednesday-Monday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adult – $6 | Youth (6-18) – $5 | Children (5 & Under) – Free

Pier 21 Theater is located at 21st Street and Harborside Drive on the 2nd floor, above Willie G’s. The entrance is located on the south-east corner of building. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before showtime. No late seating is allowed. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students, ages 6 to 18, and free for children under 6.


Shown on the hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Great Storm, the story of the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston Island on Sept. 8, has been digitally restored from its 35MM slide presentation to an advanced wide-screen, high definition format. This documentary shares the personal stories of survivors and the recovery of Galveston following the deadliest natural disaster in United States history. This new HD version shows incredible detail and clarity in the black and white photos taken after the disaster and used in the documentary.

The new digitally projected show coupled with a new state-of-the-art sound system brings visitors even closer to the story. “Using today’s imaging technology we were able to remove large scratches, tears and focus issues in the photography which wasn’t possible 18 years ago,” says Producer Richard Hoggatt of Houston’s Stage Directions Production Company. “The result with digital projection is an incredible clarity in these old images.”


Jean LaffiteShown on the half-hour from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pirate or patriot? Smuggler or businessman? Merciless murderer and thief, or hero in time of war? These are the contradictions of the legendary Jean Laffite. His harsh actions have secured his place in infamy, but his motives remain a mystery to this day.

Whatever his reasons, the mere mention of Laffite in the early decades of the 1800s sent merchant ships throughout the Gulf of Mexico racing for safe harbor. During the last three years of his marauding campaign, Laffite made Galveston Island his base of operations. As for the treasure he is said to have buried there, none has been found . . . yet.

The Pirate Island of Jean Laffite, directed by C. Grant Mitchell, is an exciting chronicle of the adventures of the pirate who called Galveston home and seeks to explore the questions of his character.

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