Sprinkler accident inundates Majestic Theater's stage

Written by Matt Paul, Reporter/Producer | Jan 30, 2014 12:49 PM

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(Gettysburg) -- The Majestic Theater in downtown Gettysburg is drying out today, after an accident set off part of the sprinkler system yesterday afternoon.

A carpenter accidentally bumped a water pipe while making repairs to the fly loft above the stage at the Majestic Theater.

Founding Executive Director Jeffrey Gabel says, thankfully, only one sprinkler head was affected.

"We had an impromptu performance of "Singing in the Rain," on the stage at the Majestic Theater," he says with a laugh. "The rain just came pouring down, but unfortunately there was no Gene Kelly to dance in it."

Gabel says maintenance crews turned off the water within minutes, but it took about a half hour for several thousand of gallons of water already in the system to drain out over the front of the stage.

The historic theater, which will turn 90 years old in 2015, appears to have escaped any major damage. But Gabel says a hydraulic pit lift that was briefly flooded during the incident still has to be tested.

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