Majestic Theatre

5715-5717 Sixth Avenue,
Kenosha, WI 53140

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MAJESTIC Theatre; Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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This was a very popular storefront photoplay theatre on Main Street (now Sixth Avenue), operated by well-known Kenoshan Charles Pacini who had a chain of small theatres in Kenosha including the Lincoln (qv) and Butterfly (qv). The Majestic was his flagship theatre and the most prominent Main street showplace until the Orpheum Theatre (II) (qv) opened one block south on March 14, 1922. The Majestic seated perhaps 300.

Interior photographs have not surfaced but there are a few photos of the exterior at the time of a Charlie Chaplin program, showing heavy use of posters and other promotional materials. Kenoshans still associate the Majestic with the mysterious and still-unsolved murder of exhibitor Charles Pacini, the story of which rivalled any of the drama ever seen on his theatre screens. In September 1923, the Majestic premiered the locally-produced itinerant film “The Belle of Kenosha”.

In 1927, facing competition from the new Kenosha Theatre, the Majestic was converted to retail space, and when the building was demolished in the mid-1960s for a new Walgreen’s store (still there in 2005), it was housing the Badger Paint and Hardware, with most of the original facade still intact.

Contributed by Louis Rugani
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