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“The great storm”
Review of Pier 21 Theater

Pier 21 Theater
Ranked #4 of 11 Fun & Games in Galveston
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New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The great storm”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

We stopped in to see the film on the 1900 hurricane that devastated galveston. The film used a lot of old photos to tell the story. Only $6 to enter and worth it, but would not be worth more. Theater is very comfortable and close to,restaurants on the pier.

Visited July 2014
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Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
423 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Visit at least once”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

One item which I thought we’d get a more historical bang for our buck was the Pier 21 Theatre, which had a film on 1900 Hurricane. Finding Pier 21 was easy (as they’re all marked with bright red flags), but find where to park was more difficult (as that wasn’t very well marked). We did find the public lot, and the theatre would validate your parking for about two hours, so that’s a good little tidbit to know.

The hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1900 was aptly named “The Great Storm,” as it’s been the worst one to hit there in recorded history. At that time, the island was only about eight feet above sea level, so a thirty-foot storm surge wielded massive destructive power. The film showed the early footage of this thriving port city during the height of the cotton boom, followed by an explanation of the tragic events, and then the newsreels of the aftermath.

Part of the presentation also showed how the entire city was lifted about eight feet, and the twenty-foot Seawall was built to protect against future storms. It took a couple years to complete, and the millions it took to build where in the currency of the day (so a similar undertaking today would be in the billions, in order to put that in perspective). There were many at the time who felt spending so much was foolish. But when a hurricane in 1915 rolled through the area, and most of force was deflected by the Seawall, it showed this was well-worth the money. As bad as Alicia and Ike were when they hit, their effects were also minimized because of this too.

The film was short, and while some good history, it should've been a bit longer. Going once to see this is good.

Visited September 2013
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Houston, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“One trip is enough but cool”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

They only show 3 shoes and they are kind of expensive for such short shows. There is a pirate movie, a 1900 storm movie and some other historical one. It was cool, but one trip is enough.

Visited May 2014
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Kokomo, IN
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Very disappointed!”
Reviewed 30 March 2014

We went to watch The Great Storm. It costs $6 per person to watch this 25min film. We had hoped to get additional info or see new pictures of the storm. Maybe some local information that you can't find online You don't get any of this. It is all the same info that you can google, pics that you can see on google and/or the info that you will get if you visit any of the other historical attractions in Galveston. Don't waste your time or your money.

Visited March 2014
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Austin, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“The Great Storm”
Reviewed 17 March 2014

The theater is nice. The seating is comfortable. You can't bring drinks or food with you. There are no pets allowed. Very informative. A nice way to spend an afternoon!

Visited March 2014
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