Mission & HistoryFrom silent films to a groundbreaking theatre
Eagle Theatre, South Jersey’s only year-round professional Equity theatre, is dedicated to redefining regional theatre through innovation, enlightened production techniques and the development of eclectic theatrics.
This nationally recognized, award-winning regional theatre produces more than 100 live performances each year, including full-scale Broadway caliber world premieres and re-conceptualized revivals; New Works Development Series, a play reading series dedicated the nurturing local playwrights; a Conservatory, focused on multi-faceted theatrical education for people of all ages and abilities; an Annual Jersey Fringe Festival, a 3-day street fair and theatrical marathon, featuring multiple eclectic productions, a beer and wine garden, pop-up art, food, live music, and street performers; Innovations Factory, a core of theming artists dedicated to experimental storytelling through medium advancing technology; Eagle Theatre is one of twelve businesses in the nation to be appointed to Facebook’s Inaugural Business Council and has a subsidiary called Social Eagle specializing in digital branding, marketing and storytelling; the Eagle also spearheads the tourism efforts for the greater Hammonton area through its Destination Hammonton initiative.
The Eagle Theatre’s beginnings were humble, with just a simple announcement printed in the local newspaper in June of 1914:
“Mr. Litke will put up a concrete building on his lot on Vine Street, for his moving picture winter theatre.”
From that, the Eagle Theatre was born.
The Eagle Theatre building originally opened its doors in 1914 as a silent movie theatre and playhouse from 1914 until 1929. It was a warehouse during the Depression, then it was then sold to the Pentecostal Assembly of God and converted into a church in 1944. The church occupied the building for 15 years, then sold it to Harry and Evelyn Hitman in 1959. The Hitman Family used the building for storage until the 2000s as part of their business, K&H Auto Stores. By that time, the old building was on the verge of demolition. What followed was a remarkable example of dedication by a devoted base of volunteers who were intent on seeing the theatre restored. The non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 charity Eagle Theatre, Inc. was founded during this period and the Eagle Theatre reopened its doors as a performance venue in 2009.
Today, this award-winning culturally diverse epicenter boasts state of the art technical equipment, a free parking lot, Sharrott Winery’s on-site Wine Lounge, and is located within walking distance of several boutiques, arts venues and acclaimed dining destinations in the heart of the Hammonton Art District in beautifully revitalized Downtown Hammonton, serving patrons from New Jersey, Philadelphia, New York, and beyond.
The Eagle Theatre is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)3 charity.