Majestic Theatre

275 Grove Street,
Jersey City, NJ 07302

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Majestic Theater

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The Majestic Theatre was opened September 16, 1907 by the Klein Amusement Company. The architect was William H. McElfatrick. The first feature film shown at the theatre was D.W. Griffith’s film “The Birth of a Nation” in 1915. The Majestic Theatre closed as a theater in the 1950’s.

Over the years, the building was used as a factory, a warehouse and a church. The building was going to be renovated but in 1995 the roof collapsed and the building was demolished. Before it was demolished, the front lobby was saved and it served as the entrance to an apartment complex. It is now in use as a bar.

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teecee
teecee on September 1, 2005 at 4:44 am

Homepage for the bar located at this site:
http://www.barmajestic.com/

I think that the wall referenced by JerseyGirl is behind the bar.

teecee
teecee on September 27, 2005 at 4:22 pm

Old 1911 postcard:

Front:

View link

Back:

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hondo59
hondo59 on June 6, 2006 at 9:23 am

The Majestic auditorium was being restored sometime in the 1980s because I remember going into the side entrance of the building where architects were examining the interior, there was scaffolding around, and light towers about. What happened? I guess someone ran out of money.
I walked up to the second balcony.

LOCAL65
LOCAL65 on July 25, 2006 at 4:38 pm

I INSTALLED AND MAITAINED THE BIG POPCORN MACHINES.THE BAGS WOULD SENT TO ALL OF THE SKOURIS BROS. THEATRES,IT WAS ALSO USED AS A CANDY AND NOVETY STORAGE. THE FRONT WAS NOT USED BUT EVERY THING WAS READY FOR THE NEXT SHOW BY FRED FLAGG THE SHOW NEVER CAME.FRED WOULD WALK ME THROUGH ALL THE ALL THE SECERT PLACES OF TRAP DOORS,ROPES AND OLD PROPS.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm

In 1990, the Majestic Theatre was supposed to be restored to its original grandeur and serve as a performing arts center, with seven floors of luxury condo apartments to be built above it. I guess that turned out to be just another pipedream.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 15, 2013 at 9:32 am

A view of the preserved street fa├žade can be seen about halfway through this article about Van Vorst Park: forgotten-ny

JCJohn
JCJohn on March 10, 2014 at 1:29 pm

http://www.njcu.edu/programs/jchistory/pages/m_pages/majestic_theater.htm

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm

The Majestic Theatre in Jersey City opened September 16th, 1907, according to the October, 1907, issue of Architects' and Builders' Magazine.

Also, here is JCJohn’s link in clickable form. There is a brief history of the theater and some photos of the restored entrance building.

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