Events

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 7:00pm - Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 7:00pm

"Terror Behind the Walls" Haunted House

Select Nights
Separate Admission

A massive haunted house in a real prison! Called “One of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” by The Travel Channel and consistently ranked among the top 10 haunted attractions in the country. All proceeds benefit historic preservation at this National Historic Landmark.

Visit terrorbehindthewalls.com for details and to purchase tickets online.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

POTLATCH: A short film by David Adler

Free. Reception to follow.

This experimental documentary chronicles an arts and dance festival inside the Hudson Correctional Facility in Colorado. The facility houses many prisoners outsourced from Alaska. Once a year these inmates create their version of the traditional west coast Native American Potlatch festival, including their own self-choreographed dances. The festival takes place in a for-profit prison run by the GEO Group, Inc. The film has political and economic themes, but is mostly about dance, and peoples' need to move even if they will be confined for the rest of their lives.

David Adler is a New York-based documentary filmmaker. His artist installation of prisoner-painted photo backdrops, Visions of the Free World, is on view at Eastern State until December.

This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Live Radio Broadcast from ESP

Free. Reservations required.

WURD Radio - 900 AM will broadcast live from Eastern State Penitentiary on Thursday, November 6.

Further details TBA.

Saturday, November 15, 2014 (All day) - Sunday, November 16, 2014 (All day)

Members' Photo Contest

Standard Admission

Eastern State is one of the most photogenic locations in America. Each year photographers travel from as far away as California and Canada to photograph the penitentiary.

Each member may submit one color and one black and white Eastern State Penitentiary photograph for our 2014 Members’ Photo Contest. Photos will remain on view throughout the weekend. Visitors to the historic site can cast votes for their favorite images throughout the weekend.

On Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm, two sets of winners will be announced in the color and black and white categories. Guest curator Harris Fogel, Associate Professor and Program Director of Photography at the University of the Arts, will select one set of winners, and the results of the weekend’s voting will be announced. Each first place winner from the Members' Photo Contest has the opportunity to schedule a four-hour, private, behind-the-scenes photo shoot of Eastern State.

Click here to download the Photo Contest Guidelines.

Click here to download Harris Fogel's biography.

Photo: 2013 winner LC Ferrari.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 (All day)

Closed for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

The Searchlight Series: December 2014

Free. Reception to follow.

Discussion Topic TBA.

This event is part of Eastern State's ongoing Searchlight Series of events addressing issues in contemporary corrections.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014 (All day) - Thursday, December 25, 2014 (All day)

Closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day