American Music Theater

September 25, 2021

Lancaster PA theater American Music Theater in Lancaster PA, also known as AMT, is one of the most popular attractions in the County.  Located conveniently along Rt. 30 (2425 Lincoln Hwy East, Lancaster PA), it’s right in the heart of Amish attractions, shopping, museums, restaurants and more.  The American Music Theater was established in 1997 and over the years hosted many acclaimed performers including Grammy winners, Country Music Association winners, Tony Winners, Grand Ole Opry stars and even Oscar winners!  The size, location and level of talent makes AMT Shows the top destination for live entertainment in central Pennsylvania.


This blog is all about American Music Theater


About American Music Theater:

American Music Theater is owned and managed by Jim Martin, a pilot and entrepreneur who along with his business partner, had the vision to establish a top-notch music venue in central PA.  AMT holds 1600 guests which is the perfect size to attract top acts.  The size of AMT also makes the venue small enough that there isn’t a bad seat in the house.  American Music Theater hosts over 300 performances and productions in a typical year.  There is truly something for all ages to experience here!  Categories include:  AMT Original, Broadway/Family/Classical, Christian/Gospel, Comedy, Country, Oldies & Pop Rock.

The facility is handicapped accessible and there is ample safe and secure parking for visitors.



AMT attracts top performance to fill their hall.  Performers from Kenny Rogers & Martina McBride to David Grey, Robert Cray Band, The Oakridge Boys and 38 Special have performed at the American Music Theater Lancaster.  The road show “America’s Got Talent” even performed here.  They manage to attract acts from all genres so no matter what your age or what style of music you like, sometime during the year there will be a show that is perfect for you.  Celtic, Jazz, Blues, Country, Rock and Pop are all on the schedule.  Guests especially love the “Tribute Band” shows that transport you back in time to performances of  the Beetles, Rolling Stones, Abba, The Who and Frank Sinatra!!


Comedy / Magic / “Other”

If you need a laugh, AMT is the place to be!  The American Music Theater Lancaster PA brings in top comedy acts, magic shows and other entertaining events to delight visitors.  Comedians who have performed at AMT include Jay Leno, Bill Engvall, Steve Martin & Martin Short, & Weird Al Yankovic.  Magicians and Illusionists have included Masters of Illusion, America’s Got Talent finalist Jon Dorenbos and Justin William .  Other entertaining events they host include Master Chef, The Peking Acrobats, Riverdance and The Price is Right Live.


Original Productions

Where the American Music Theater really shines is their original productions.  Their Christmas Show in particular is a real treat that families from Lancaster & visitors to the area enjoy seeing each year.  The performers are top notch, as are the sets, costumes, lighting and costumes.  You’d think you were seeing a Broadway show!  Other AMT Original Shows have included “Inspire” – Celebrating the moving power of music through the universal themes of hope, courage, faith, love and freedom and “Vegas Legends” - celebrating the iconic music and performances from the city that comes alive, after the sun goes down!


Schedule & Tickets

Here’s a link to the full event calendar of shows where you can see everything that’s playing.  You can also click on the filter at the top to look at a particular type of event.  From there you can purchase tickets online or call to order them over the phone.  Here’s a link where you can see box office hours.  The number to call is 800-648-4102 or 717-397-7700

Become a Member

Everyone likes a win-win and AMT Memberships are just that!  AMT benefits from the support of loyal customers who demonstrate their love of live entertainment by attending multiple events at AMT ever year.  Those customers are rewarded for their support with the best seats, best prices and a whole bunch of other perks.  Here’s what an American Music Theater Membership will get you:

Advance Purchase:  Members can buy tickets to shows BEFORE they become available to the public.  This means you’ll be able to get the best seats to all your favorite performances.

Discounts:  AMT offers discounted pricing to Members for ALL AMT Original Shows, plus members get 20% off in the gift shop (non-sale items) and concession stand.

Skip the Service Fee:  The service fee is waived for members purchasing tickets over the phone, in person or during the Advance Purchase window.

There are Tiered Membership Levels that include even more perks & rewards, for the complete list of member benefits click here.


Nearby Restaurants

It’s typical for guests to combine dinner with a show and if that’s what you have in mind, you’re in luck.  There are a number of terrific restaurants within striking distance of American Music Theater Lancaster.  Here’s a list of some that we recommend.  All are close to the American Music Theater Lancaster Pennsylvania.  These restaurants are all privately owned, local restaurants, not “chains”.  What's great about restaurants in Lancaster PA is they serve fantastic food, often using local ingredients:

Fine Dining: 


Pub / Casual:


Spend the Night!

Lancaster PA Bed and Breakfast Whether you live close by or hours away, you can make your American Music Theater experience complete by spending the night at the Historic Smithton Inn!  We’re located a convenient 15 minutes from AMT which is close enough to make the drive an easy one, but far enough to be out of the “tourist frey”.  Our historic property has 7 luxurious guest rooms and suites, all with private baths and working fireplaces.  For a romantic getaway, choose one of our Lancaster Bed and Breakfast Suites with a Jacuzzi Tub!  We serve our guests a fantastic home-cooked breakfast each morning.  Guests also enjoy live music in our on-site Wine Bar, Weathered Vineyards Ephrata, which is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sundays year-round.


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