Pier 21 Theater is a family friendly venue that offers three documentary films for visitors interested in the history and major events of Galveston Island. For those interested in the 1900 story, The Great Storm, which is shown on the hour, is a 27-minute documentary that tells the incredible story of the deadliest natural disaster in United States history through personal letters, photos and articles. For pirate lovers, The 18-minute Pirate Island, which airs on the half hour, chronicles the adventures of the infamous Jean Laffite who called Galveston home for three years. Both films were directed by C. Grant Mitchell.
In spring 2012, Pier 21 Theater added a third film to it’s schedule. Galveston – Gateway on the Gulf, is a 56-minute PBS documentary on immigration. This film gives a history of Galveston as a port of entry for more than 133,000 immigrants and is shown at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pier 21 Theater is managed by the Galveston Historical Foundation and owned and operated by Mitchell Historic Properties. For more information, call (409) 763-8808.
Pier 21 is a waterfront entertainment and dining area located on Galveston’s historic harbor in The Historic Strand Seaport Area. Pier 21 offers restaurants, a variety of attractions such as BayWatch Dolphin Tours, Pier 21 Theater and the Texas Seaport Museum as well as Harbor House Hotel and Marina. Pier 21 is part of Mitchell Historic Properties. MHP owns and preserves approximately one-fourth of the buildings in The Historic Strand Seaport Area. For leasing information, call (409)763-5806.