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Majestic Theatre (photo credit Media History Digital Library)

Majestic Theatre

Houston, Texas, United States

First Opened: 29th January 1923 (98 years ago)

Atmospheric Style: Italian Garden

Architect: John Eberson

Status: Demolished


Overview

The Majestic Theatre opened on January 29, 1923 with Larry Semon in “The Counter Jumper” plus vaudeville acts on the stage and Henry B. Walthall appearing in person on the stage in “The Unknown”. This was the third “Majestic” Theatre in Houston.

The Majestic Theatre was John Eberson’s first atmospheric style theatre. Eberson was renowned for theatre projects in New York and Paris. It was built by Mellie Esperson. The Majestic Theatre was Houston’s first theatre with air-conditioning.

The Majestic Theatre was owned by the Interstate Theatres Inc. chain (they also owned the Majestic Theatre in Dallas and the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio). The Majestic Theatre was built in a garden style and the ceiling was blue with stars moving overhead, lots of statues, etc. and was very ornate.

This was a first-run house from the day it opened until the day it closed. Sadly, this beautiful Italian Renaissance style palace was demolished in 1971.

Information sourced from Cinema Treasures Link opens in new window.

Further Reading

Online

Historic Photos & Documents
Auditorium of the Majestic Houston, courtesy <i>Media Historic Digital Library</i> (JPG)
Auditorium of the Majestic Houston, courtesy Media Historic Digital Library (JPG)
Auditorium from Stage, courtesy <i>Media Historic Digital Library</i> (JPG)
Auditorium from Stage, courtesy Media Historic Digital Library (JPG)
Auditorium Right from Stage, courtesy Cinema Treasures user <i>Comfortably Cool</i> (JPG)
Auditorium Right from Stage, courtesy Cinema Treasures user Comfortably Cool (JPG)
A combination of articles about the Majestic Theatre in Houston, from the May 26th, June 23rd, and July 21st 1923 editions of <i>Exhibitors World</i>, held by the Media History Digital Library and digitized by the Internet Archive (3.4MB PDF)
A combination of articles about the Majestic Theatre in Houston, from the May 26th, June 23rd, and July 21st 1923 editions of Exhibitors World, held by the Media History Digital Library and digitized by the Internet Archive (3.4MB PDF)
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Photos of the Majestic Theatre

Photos
Majestic Theatre: Site of the Majestic Theatre, courtesy <i>Google</i>
Site of the Majestic Theatre, courtesy Google


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