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Pier 21 Theater is located at 21st Street and Harborside Drive on the 2nd floor, above Willie G's. Entrance is located on south-east corner of building. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before show time. No late seating is allowed. Discounts for prearranged group tours. 409-763-8808 for more information.

The Pier 21 Theater features the following 3 presentations:

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.

  • Shows daily at 11am, Noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, & 5pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students, ages 6 to 18, and free for children under 6.

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 the 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. Don't miss THE PIRATE ISLAND OF JEAN LAFFITE.

  • Shows daily at 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for students, ages 6 to 18, and free for children under 6.

Between 1835 and 1935, more than 200,000 immigrants from all over the world entered the United States through Galveston, Texas. Their stories are as rich and diverse as their origins, and they gave the island a most unique cultural heritage which continues today.

For some, the city was their final destination, but for most it was merely a way-station on their journey to the interior of the country. By wagon train and rail they would push on to the north and west to tame the land, start businesses, and build communities on the frontier. In the process, Galveston would grow and prosper, becoming the most important shipping and financial center in the Southwest. As the premier port of entry for the entire region, Galveston would rightfully come to be called America's Gateway on the Gulf.

GALVESTON-GATEWAY ON THE GULF is a documentary telling the story of these, and all the other immigrants who shaped the island's business, social, and cultural existence.

  • Shows daily at 10am and 4pm Thursday thru Monday. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for students, ages 6 to 18, and free for children under 6.

Galveston for Homeschools

While you are in Galveston, drop by the Pier 21 Theater to catch a movie.

This isn’t just any movie theater. It only plays movies about how events in Galveston shaped history.

Before Your Visit

During Your Visit

  • Choose your movie. The current movies are The Great Storm, The Pirate Island of Jean Laffite, and Gateway to the Gulf.

After Your Visit

  • Discuss the movie that you watched and discuss how Texas history was shaped by the events in the movie.

Hours of Operation
Daily: 11am - 6pm

NO LATE SEATING. Please arrive 15 minutes before doors close.

Note: Hours may be seasonal and subject to change. No late seating allowed.