Majestic Theatre

706 Scott Street,
Wichita Falls, TX 76301

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Majestic Theatre

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Opened January 2, 1913, the Palace Theatre was the first of WF’s four large theaters with balconies. It was later renamed Majestic Theatre and was closed October 4, 1948. It was the first of the city’s theatres to be demolished, which was in December 1951, in order to provide a parking lot for the Kemp Hotel at 8th Street & Scott Street (itself since demolished for a Holiday Inn).

It was also the only one of the three to operate during the vaudeville and silent film era and thus also had a small orchestra pit and an organ (whereabouts unknown). It was part of the Paramount-affiliated Interstate Circuit, as were the Gem Theatre, State Theatre, Strand Theatre, and Wichita Theatre.

Contributed by Randolph Man

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on November 29, 2010 at 8:16 pm

From the early 1900s a postcard view of the Kemp Hotel that dwarfs the Majestic Theatre which is next door.

matermama
matermama on January 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Wasn’t the Palace the Majestic before? The building showing the Palace was the same as the Majestic or at least looks like the same building.

matermama
matermama on January 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I should have asked was the Majestic named the Palace before. I remember going to the Majestic in the 1940s but don’t remember a Palace Theatre in WF.

OCRon
OCRon on May 22, 2016 at 10:58 pm

On March 15, 1929, the Majestic showed its first Vitaphone talking picture, George Bancroft in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The Daily Times noted that “As a result of the enterprise of Dent Theaters, Inc., Wichita Falls is the only city in the state with a population under 100,000 in which two theaters are equipped with Vitaphone and Movietone, the Strand having had this improvement for several months.”

It’s interesting to note that besides the title, how similar the theme of the 1929 Paramount film, “The Wolf of Wall Street.” is to the 2013 version. The press release published in the Daily Times on opening day in 1929 read:
“This film can certainly be described as a powerful and absorbing drama of the ruthless speculator who controls millions of dollars of stocks. He is greedy, uncompromising; loving power and the position his standing in the financial world brings to him. He boasts to his associates that he is a ‘’wolf,’’ with the cunning brain of a fox.” (Ad in photo section)

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