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Majestic Theatre (photo credit Ronald Palomeque)

Majestic Theatre

Dallas, Texas, United States

First Opened: 11th April 1921 (101 years ago)

Atmospheric Style: Proto-Atmospheric

Architect: John Eberson

Website: majestic.dallasculture.org Link opens in new window

Address: 1925 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75201 Link opens in new window


The Majestic Theatre in Dallas is the first of architect John Eberson’s proto-atmospheric theatres, insomuch as Eberson was clearly experimenting with architectural elements which would go on to feature in his self-declared atmospheric theatre designs.

The theatre began as a home for both movies and vaudeville shows and had an original seating capacity of 2,800. In 1932, the Majestic began showing movies exclusively. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Hoblitzelle & O’Donnell. Film was the main attraction for the Majestic until dwindling downtown audiences and poor ticket sales drove the theatre out of business in 1973.

The Majestic was reopened by the City of Dallas along with donations from private and corporate supporters in 1983 after undergoing a transformation to accommodate more seating for performing arts and concerts.

In terms of design, the Majestic features formal Corinthian columns surrounding a triumphal proscenium arch combined with symmetrical organ grilles giving way to a latticework with a smooth plaster ceiling behind, backlit in deep blue. Perhaps suggestive of the night sky?

Eberson would followup the Majestic with his next proto-Atmospheric theatre, the Indiana Theatre in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Further Reading


Photos of the Majestic Theatre

Photo credits are noted where data was available at the time of inclusion. Photos displayed here may be subject to copyright; refer to our Copyright Fair Use Statement regarding our use of copyrighted media and contact us Contact Us with any concerns.

Majestic Theatre: Auditorium from Balcony, courtesy <i>Ronald Palomeque</i>
Auditorium from Balcony, courtesy Ronald Palomeque
Majestic Theatre: Auditorium from Stage, courtesy <i>Justin Terveen</i>
Auditorium from Stage, courtesy Justin Terveen
Majestic Theatre: Stage from Balcony, courtesy Google user <i>Amanda T.</i>
Stage from Balcony, courtesy Google user Amanda T.

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