Majestic Theater

1925 Elm Street,
Dallas, TX 75201

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Majestic Theatre exterior and the nearby Melba Theatre

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Designed by John Eberson and opened in 1921, The Majestic Theater began as a home for both movies and vaudeville shows and had an original seating capacity of 2,800. In 1932, the Majestic began showing movies exclusively. Film was the main attraction for the Majestic until dwindling downtown audiences and poor ticket sales drove the theater out of business in 1973.

The theater was reopened by the city of Dallas along with donations from private and corporate supporters in 1983 after undergoing a transformation to accomodate more seating for performing arts and concerts.

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DonLewis
DonLewis on November 16, 2009 at 12:51 am

From 1949 a photo set of ads and promotions from the 1949 world premier of Audie Murphy starring in Bad Boy at the Majestic in Dallas.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 26, 2010 at 1:06 am

Great old photos.

matt54
matt54 on June 9, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Saw many films at the Majestic over the years – first one I remember is “North to Alaska.” Then “McLintock;” Then “A Hard Day’s Night” opening with about 2,000 screaming teenage girls rushing the stage to kiss the close-ups of Paul and John; Then “Thunderball,” “The War Wagon” world premiere with John Wayne in person, and I believe the last picture I saw there was Burt Lancaster in “Valdez Is Coming” in 1971. For some reason, missed the final feature, “Live and Let Die” with Roger Moore as 007 (that’s probably why I missed it) in 1973. Hated to see it close, but glad the old girl survives.

matt54
matt54 on June 9, 2010 at 4:58 pm

Forgot to mention seeing Charlton Heston here in his football flick, “Number One” in 1969.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Small photo of entrance and marquee from Boxoffice magazine, July 16, 1949, during run of Home of the Brave.
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coweyhere
coweyhere on November 7, 2010 at 4:55 am

A photo from May 2010:

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Opened in 1921, renovated in 1948: boxofficemagazine

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 20, 2012 at 7:49 pm

An earlier renovation in 1928: Boxoffice

glndrsn21
glndrsn21 on November 30, 2012 at 9:31 am

Strictly a live performance venue with great seating, sight lines and sound. Projection capabilities are long gone.

ejones880
ejones880 on July 13, 2013 at 4:21 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 Stooge Moe Howard talking about when they performed at the Dallas Majestic Theater 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/

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