145-147 S. Main Street,
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The Majestic Theatre #1 opened in 1913 and held a series of Moller organs during the silent era. It features a stunning terra cotta facade outlined with stud lights. It is three stories tall with taller buildings on both sides. On the north side is a mid-block alley, the theatre had large windows on the alley side to allow ventilation. It was elaborately decorated with a mezzanine down both sides and a high balcony. The projection booth was directly on top of its tiny lobby, beneath the balcony. It closed with the advent of sound and was converted into at first one, then two retail store fronts (which absorbed the tiny original stores). The stairs and the front of the balcony were removed, a flat mezzanine installed and a suspended ceiling hung at balcony height. Above this, the old decor survived including the decorative proscenium.
The interior has been lovingly restored for a restaurant and the stud-lighted facade is illuminated nightly. By 2008, it had become the Majestic Grille, and as well as serving food, silent and classic films are screened. A virtually complete set of drawings for the theatre, first known as the Majestic #5, survives in the Memphis Public Library collections.
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