Majestic Theatre

908 Rusk Street,
Houston, TX 77002

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Corporation

Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson

Styles: Atmospheric, Italian Renaissance

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Ticket office of the Majestic Theatre, Houston, TX in 1926

The Majestic opened on January 29, 1923. This was the third “Majestic” in Houston.

The Majestic was John Eberson’s first atmospheric style theater he designed. Eberson was renowned for theater projects in New York and Paris. It was built by Mellie Esperson. The Majestic was Houston’s first theater with air-conditioning.

The Majestic was owned by the Interstate Theatre Chain (they also owned the Majestic in Dallas and the Majestic in San Antonio). The Majestic was built in a garden style and the ceiling was blue with stars moving overhead, lots of statues, etc. and was very ornate.

This was a first-run house from the day it opened until the day it closed. Sadly, this beautiful Italian Renaissance palace was demolished in 1971.

Contributed by Stan Gilmore

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RSM3853
RSM3853 on December 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Movies which played at the Majestic Theater in Houston, TX from 1/1/66 to 12/31/68. Research from old microfilms of The Houston Post and The Houston Chronicle. The date given is the Wednesday of the opening week. 01/01/66 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold 01/26/66 Our Man Flint 02/16/66 The Oscar 03/02/66 Judith 03/16/66 Made in Paris 03/30/66 The Flight of the Phoenix 04/20/66 Ride Beyond Vengeance 05/04/66 A Man Could Get Killed 05/18/66 The Naked Prey 05/25/66 The Last of the Secret Agents 06/01/66 Hold On! 06/08/66 The Dirty Game 06/15/66 Stagecoach 07/20/66 Modesty Blaise 08/03/66 Assault on a Queen 08/24/66 How to Steal a Million 09/21/66 Ambush Bay 09/28/66 One Spy Too Many 10/05/66 Mister Buddwing 10/12/66 Alvarez Kelly 10/26/66 Texas Across the River 11/23/66 Spinout 12/07/66 Rage 12/21/66 Murderers Row 01/25/67 The Reluctant Astronaut (World Premiere) 02/08/67 The Sound of Music (pop prices) 03/22/67 Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding! 04/12/67 Deadlier Than the Male 04/19/67 One Million Years, B. C. 05/03/67 The Deadly Affair 05/10/67 The Great Escape 05/24/67 The Busy Body 05/31/67 Thoroughly Modern Millie 09/20/67 The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre 09/27/67 The Flim-Flam Man 10/04/67 Point Blank 11/15/67 The Long Duel 11/22/67 Rosie! 12/06/67 Jack of Diamonds 12/13/67 Paris Blues 12/20/67 The President’s Analyst 01/17/68 The Penthouse 01/24/68 The Incident 01/31/68 Bonnie and Clyde 02/21/68 The Ballad of Josie 02/28/68 P. J. 03/13/68 In Cold Blood 04/10/68 Planet of the Apes 05/22/68 The Shakiest Gun in the West 05/29/68 Yours, Mine, and Ours 06/19/68 Bandolero 07/24/68 Dark of the Sun 08/07/68 Anzio 08/21/68 The Hell with Heroes 08/28/68 Salt and Pepper 09/11/68 Hammerhead 09/18/68 Deadfall 09/25/68 A Lovely Way to Die 10/02/68 Pretty Poison 10/09/68 Duffy 10/23/68 If He Hollers, Let Him Go 11/06/68 A Twist of Sand 11/13/68 Killers 3 11/20/68 Coogan’s Bluff 12/18/68 Hellfighters

RSM3853
RSM3853 on December 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Movies which played at the Majestic Theater in Houston, TX from 1/1/69 to 12/31/71. Research from old microfilms of The Houston Post and The Houston Chronicle. The date given is the Wednesday of the opening week. 01/01/69 Hellfighters 02/05/69 Pendulum 02/19/69 Angel in My Pocket 03/05/69 Secret Ceremony 04/02/69 100 Rifles 04/23/69 Uncle Tom’s Cabin 04/30/69 They Came to Rob Las Vegas 05/07/69 The Sweet Body of Deborah 05/14/69 A Fistful of Dollars/For a Few Dollars More 05/28/69 How to Commit Marriage 06/11/69 Once Upon a Time in the West 06/25/69 Mackenna’s Gold 07/16/69 The Lost Man 08/06/69 Stiletto 08/20/69 Eye of the Cat 08/27/69 Death Rides a Horse 09/10/69 3 into 2 Won’t Go 09/17/69 The Learning Tree 09/24/69 Some Kind of a Nut 10/01/69 Paranoia 10/08/69 The Good Guys and the Bad Guys 10/22/69 Inga 11/05/69 de Sade 11/19/69 Fanny Hill 12/17/69 Naked as the Wind from the Sea 12/24/69 The Arrangement 02/18/70 Tell Them Willie Boy is Here 03/11/70 The Lawyer 03/25/70 Bloody Mama 04/08/70 Sweden, Heaven, and Hell 04/15/70 The Honeymoon Killers 04/22/70 Female Animal 04/29/70 Scream and Scream Again 05/06/70 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly/Hang ‘Em High 05/13/70 Barquero 05/27/70 The Losers 06/10/70 Beneath the Planet of the Apes 07/08/70 Beyond the Valley of the Dolls 07/29/70 Kelly’s Heroes 08/26/70 Soldier Blue 09/16/70 The McMasters 09/23/70 Darker than Amber 10/07/70 Monte Walsh 10/21/70 Hotel 10/28/70 The Student Nurses 11/04/70 Colossus—The Forbin Project 11/11/70 Machine Gun McCain 11/18/70 Dirty Dingus Magee 12/09/70 Rabbit, Run 12/16/70 Eva 12/23/70 There Was a Crooked Man… 01/20/71 Death Rides a Horse/Barquero/Sabata 01/27/71 Perfect Friday 02/03/71 The Swimming Pool/Monique 02/10/71 Her & She & Him 02/17/71 The Battle of Neretva 02/24/71 Patton 03/10/71 The Last Grenade/Ali-Frazier Fight 03/17/71 The Projectionist 03/24/71 Get Carter/Kenner 03/31/71 Madron 04/07/71 Brother John 04/14/71 Sudden Terror/The Grasshopper 04/21/71 War Between Planets 04/28/71 The Night Visitor 05/05/71 The Left-Handed Gun 05/12/71 The House That Dripped Blood 05/19/71 The Racing Scene 05/26/71 Today We Kill, Tomorrow We Die 06/09/71 Relations 06/16/71 Fanny Hill/Inga 06/23/71 Big Jake 07/07/71 Shaft 08/11/71 The Last Run 08/18/71 Night of Dark Shadows 08/25/71 The Todd Killings 09/01/71 Evel Knievel 09/15/71 Two-Lane Blacktop 09/22/71 The Clay Pigeon no listings after this – theater closed???

ejones880
ejones880 on July 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Three Stooges Texas Connection

The Three Stooges performed here during the vaudeville area which would have been during 1921-1934 for them. At the time they were working with Ted Healy and the act was called “Ted Healy and his Stooges”. Healy was the star and was the most successful vaudeville performer in the country making $9000 a week in the 20s. Healy started out as a cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle and met vaudeville performers and entered Show Business. You can hear a radio interview with Moe Howard talking about when they performed at all the Majestic Theaters in Texas and did a joke about Baylor University and the people of Texas where planning on throwing eggs at them! Its on the DVD Stooges Men Behind the Mayhem

http://www.amazon.com/Stooges-The-Men-Behind-Mayhem/dp/B00080ZGZQ

http://ladailymirror.com/2013/05/31/the-death-of-ted-healy-part-4/

billbremer
billbremer on August 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm

The first Majestic in Houston opened in 1905 on Congress Ave. That location was closed when the Majestic on Texas Ave opened, in 1911. In 1923, the Majestic on Rusk opened and the Texas Avenue Majestic was renamed the Palace. All three Majestics were operated by Karl Hoblitzelle’s Interstate Theatres.

DJRage70
DJRage70 on November 30, 2013 at 1:30 am

Which Majestic are we looking at here? I found these pictures of the demolition… http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastpictureshow/sets/72157621832310328/

the interior on each is different

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 13, 2015 at 2:38 am

Photo added courtesy J.R. Gonzales, via the below link. Copy and paste link. One comment from the Traces of Taxes Facebook page said the Majestic Theatre was later incorporated into the Houston Chronicle building.

http://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhistory/

Lgn33
Lgn33 on April 2, 2015 at 11:26 am

The Houston Majestic was the first fully atmospheric theater, however, John Eberson’s first partial or prototype atmospheric theatre was the Indiana Theatre in Terre Haute, Indiana. The Indiana Theatre’s construction started before the Wichita Orpheum and was completed 8 months before the Orpheum. Excavation for the Orpheum didn’t begin until July 28, 1921, whereas construction of the Indiana Theatre had began in February 1921, if not earlier. The Indiana opened January 28, 1922 while the Orpheum followed later that year on September 4. Many elements that were first used by Eberson in the Indiana were copied verbatim in his later theaters.

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on December 20, 2019 at 10:09 pm

1933 photo added credit Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

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