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Majestic Theatre (photo credit Media History Digital Library)

Majestic Theatre

Houston, Texas, United States

First Opened: 29th January 1923 (99 years ago)

Atmospheric Style: Italian Garden

Architect: John Eberson

Status: Demolished

Address: 908 Rusk Street, Houston, TX 77002 Link opens in new window


Overview

Architect John Eberson, building the theatre for Mellie Esperson, declared that the Majestic Theatre in Houston was the first of a new design of theatres: the atmospheric theatre. The Majestic opened on 29th January 1923 with Larry Semon starring in The Counter Jumper plus vaudeville acts on the stage, and Henry B. Walthall appearing in person on the stage in “The Unknown”.

The theatre was to be the third “Majestic” Theatre in Houston and was Houston’s first theatre with air-conditioning. It 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, and was very ornate.

The Majestic 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

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


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