Majestic Theatre

908 Rusk Street,
Houston, TX 77002

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Patsy on May 29, 2005 at 7:27 pm

Now that I’m revisiting this theatre link I have since read that this DEMOLISHED theatre was the FIRST EBERSON ATMOSPHERIC!

EAdkins on May 10, 2005 at 2:12 pm

In answer to TC’s question. Karl Hoblitzelle was the CEO of Interstate Theaters Inc out of Dallas. He and his partner, Robert O'Donnell ran 85% of the theaters in the larger cities of Texas (Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Ft Worth, Austin etc) from the 1920’s thru the 1960’s. Interstate was the largest theater circuit in Texas during that time period and also one of the most powerful.

teecee on May 10, 2005 at 12:20 pm

Not only was this Eberson’s first atmospheric theater, it was THE first atmospheric theater in the world.

Does anyone know who/what “Holblitzelle” is/was? I found a reference to “Holblitzelle’s Majestic Theatre in Houston” but that is the only information that I have.

Patsy on February 8, 2005 at 7:46 pm

fnydude: Sounds very familiar here in Charlotte as well! Recently purchased a book about the city and so many historical buildings have been demolished that were so very beautiful!

James Colburn
James Colburn on February 8, 2005 at 7:39 pm

We have a problem in Houston. We demolish and then discover..“Oh my Gosh..that was a historic building”.

Patsy on January 11, 2005 at 7:08 pm

The same here in Charlotte with the building up of center city with restaurants, clubs, sports arena, condo high-rises and the talk of a light rail system, but where is the Carolina Theater in all of this planning? The Carolina is still standing, but still unrestored! One of the major problems is the ‘politics’ involved, etc.

sgilmore on January 11, 2005 at 5:37 pm

I must agree with Ennis' comments above. How could Houston let all three of its movie palaces be demolished. Houston is now spending millions in an attempt to bring back downtown Houston to a major attraction, i.e. new baseball park, new, basketball arena, expanded convention facilities, lots of new restaurants, jazz clubs, new hotels, etc. Not to mention the new light rail runing down Main St.
It would be great to still have the Majestic, the Metropolitan and Loew’s State to add to this mix. Well I digress….
…. but I still have many fond memories of attending these venues and standing in line waiting to enter these Grand Palaces!

Patsy on January 10, 2005 at 11:36 am

We used to live in Wichita Falls (early 70’s) and traveled to Dallas on occasion, but since I wasn’t into old movie palaces back then I missed the opportunity to see this atmospheric treasure!

Patsy on January 10, 2005 at 11:33 am

Bryan: Well, that’s great news! Thank goodness, but the folks of Houston sure lost a treasure when they brought their Majestic to the ground!

Patsy on January 10, 2005 at 11:05 am

Through cinema site research I had to add this one to my favorites as it was Eberson’s FIRST atmospheric theatre! And it, too, was demolished. “…the ceiling was blue with stars moving overhead.” I’m beginning to hate the word….demolished! I have Houston friends who I must ask about their memories of the Majestic. It sounds as if the Majestic was truly that….majestic! Are the Majestics in San Antonio and Dallas still standing?

barbeerh on September 27, 2004 at 10:41 am

I worked as an usher at the Majestic Theater in Houston from ‘61 to '63. One of the memories that I remember was on Saturday nights one of the ushers would have to carry a box of film for the sneak preview which was played only as the last show on Saturday night. We carried this film from the Met down on Main Street, several blocks away.
The parking area in front of the theater was a faviorite place for the guys to part the muscle cars from the '50s and '60s.
I remember that the assistent head-usher had his '59 Fury with dual carbs, … well, that’s another story.

Sometimes after closing, the ushers along with some of the consession workers would drive down to a local diner until the wee hours of the morning. These were good times.
Ron Barbee

James Colburn
James Colburn on September 1, 2004 at 6:19 pm

My Father worked as an user in this theatre. He said up in the top of the theatre were Vaudeville style dressing rooms with some old props inside still. He had to wear a Tux and he escorted people to their seats.This Theatre was huge and it seem to take forever to walk someone down the Isle to the front(near the screen). They made popcorn upstairs and brought it down in huge plastic bags. It was then put in a bend so they could sell it in small boxes as people bought it. The reason is cause they didnt have the popper at the stands. He was young and did not question why but he feels it was to give a more classy appearance without a popper present. It also had a few box seating toward the front.Parked out front on the street, would have been his old 1950 chevy with grey primer(It was cheap) and Red Wheels. The Dash was painted red with strips made of black electric tape. Too Bad we dont have this place anymore.

billbremer on June 6, 2004 at 9:47 am

This theatre is generally believed to be architect John Eberson’s first “Atmospheric” theatre. The atmospheric design fostered the illusion that the patron was seated in an outdoor setting such as an Italian garden. Eberson went on to build many other “Atmospheric” theatres. What a shame that the first example of this style no longer exists.

billbremer on June 5, 2004 at 11:24 am

My grandfather began his career in the Houston theatre business in 1908 as treasurer of Houston’s first Majestic Theatre(on Congress Ave.)

During his 50-plus year career with Interstate, he managed the Majestic, the Kirby, and the Iris.

EnnisCAdkins on February 24, 2004 at 10:43 am

The people of Houston certainly had no foresight. They didn’t even try to protect their hertiage. The Majestic, the Metropolitan and the Loew’s State should all be Performing Arts Centers today instead of being demolished in the 1970’s. Out with the old and in with the new. But you’ll never see these grand palaces again. I’m glad to see the Rice Hotel is still alive.

William on December 15, 2003 at 6:35 pm

The Majestic Theatre was located at 908 Rusk Street and it seated 2081 people.