Majestic Theater

347 Maynard Street,
Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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Majestic Theater

The Majestic Theater opened in 1909 in a building that had previously been a roller rink on Maynard Street. The 1,900-plus seat theater was a live theater venue originally, but later became a vaudeville house with appearances by such stars as Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers. Movies began to be shown as early as the mid-1910’s.

The Butterfield Theaters chain was operating the Majestic Theater for most of its life. The theater closed in 1942 and was later demolished. A parking garage is on the site of the theater today.

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2011 at 12:43 am

The Majestic was a Butterfield house at least as early as 1915, when it was advertised in The Michigan Technic, the official publication of the University of Michigan School of Engineering. W.S. Butterfield was listed as lessee, and the house featured two shows of Keith Vaudeville nightly with matinees four days a week. Movies were shown on Sundays. Sunday movies were common in many cities during this era, when state or local blue laws prohibited live performances on the sabbath.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm

The Ann Arbor District Library has a 1930 photo of the Majestic. The caption gives the opening date of the theater as September 19, 1907

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