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The Majestic Theater, at the corner of College and Market Streets in Asheville, was designed ca 1912 by Smith & Carrier, Architects, who had their offices on an upper floor. The Majestic Theater was initially operated by the Asheville Amusement Company, with major stockholders S. A. Lynch, A. H. Carrier, and W. M. Robertson (Carrier’s brother-in-law), and featured vaudeville acts as well as motion pictures. Carrier, my grandfather, had a window cut in his office wall so he could watch performances.
Smith & Carrier moved their offices to the Knight-Overland Building on College and Valley Streets shortly before the firm was dissolved on Smith’s death in 1924.
At some time between the 1920s and 1930s, ownership of the theater changed, and it was renamed the Paramount Theater, showing second-run films and on Saturday afternoons westerns (9 cents for children).