Majestic Theatre

845 S. Broadway,
Los Angeles, CA 90014

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 14, 2005 at 2:14 pm

Help! This old postcard of Broadway, shows the Majestic down the street (colored green here.) Can anyone identify and say something about the two theatres in the front? Alternate names, etc. On the left it looks like the “President.” To the right, across the street, the name over the marquee is not clear. The film titles “Street Scene” with Sylvia Sidney and “My Sin” with Tallulah Bankhead would make this 1931.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on February 10, 2005 at 12:03 am

The opening production at Asher Hamburger’s Majestic Theater was the Shubert production of “The Land of Nod”.

In 1912 adverts stated that Sarah Bernhardt in “Camille” and Mme. Gabrielle Rejane in “Mmn. Sans-Gene” were billed as being shown ‘on screen’.

A correction to my Dec 14th post;
The Eastern-Columbia Building was not built on the site of the Majestic, it is located immediately next to it.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 14, 2004 at 7:25 pm

The architects of the Majestic Theatre were Edelman and Barnett. A seating capacity is given as 1,700 at opening. I did read that it was announced the Majestic was reverting back to live theatre use just before it was closed and demolished, so maybe it did show movies for a while in the mid 1920’s.

It most likely closed in 1929 and was immediately demolished, as the famous Claude Beelman designed Eastern-Columbia Building was built on the site in 1930.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 3, 2004 at 8:21 am

I have found that the Majestic opened on November 23rd, 1908. It was owned by M.A. Hamburger, owner of Hamburger’s Department Store, which was located just up the block at the corner of 8th and Broadway. The store later became the May Company.

Thomas Tally’s first Broadway Theater was located on the same block as the Majestic.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 23, 2004 at 11:22 pm

The Majestic was one of the downtown theaters owned and operated by Oliver Morosco, including the Burbank on Main Street and the Morosco on Hill Street. Morosco was L.A.’s leading theatrical impressario in the era, and operated a number of theaters in other California cities as well. The Majestic was opened in either 1905 or 1906. I don’t know if it ever showed movies or not. It may have been strictly a playhouse throughout its history.

Knatcal
Knatcal on June 11, 2004 at 9:22 pm

If the Majestic Theatre stood where the Burger King is now then it is across the street from the Orpheum Theatre. I ate there – not so good – before seeing “The General” at the Orpheum.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on June 10, 2004 at 2:35 pm

There’s a really nice Burger King there now.

Bill H
Bill H on July 4, 2002 at 11:55 am

This theater was located right next door to the (1930) Eastern-Columbia Building at 9th & Broadway.

GaryParks
GaryParks on June 7, 2002 at 4:27 pm

The Majestic is one of the few major theatres in the Broadway theatre district to have been demolished.

EvanJChase
EvanJChase on May 2, 2002 at 4:36 pm

Is this theatre still standing? The Majestic is in the background in the scenes of Harold Lloyd climbing a building and hanging on the clock in the classic silent movie: “Safety Last” in 1923.