Majestic Theater

1925 Elm Street,
Dallas, TX 75201

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ejones880
ejones880 on July 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

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/

glndrsn21
glndrsn21 on November 30, 2012 at 12:31 am

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

coweyhere
coweyhere on November 6, 2010 at 8:55 pm

A photo from May 2010:

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

Small photo of entrance and marquee from Boxoffice magazine, July 16, 1949, during run of Home of the Brave.
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matt54
matt54 on June 9, 2010 at 7:58 am

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

matt54
matt54 on June 9, 2010 at 7:56 am

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.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on February 25, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Great old photos.

DonLewis
DonLewis on November 15, 2009 at 3:51 pm

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.

rivest266
rivest266 on October 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm

The Grand opening section can be seen at View link

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 1, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Here is a 1949 photo that is being sold on eBay:
http://tinyurl.com/lz4nxc

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 15, 2009 at 12:50 pm

An old movie theater ad from 1949 for the Majestic Theater.

DonLewis
DonLewis on March 9, 2009 at 9:43 pm

The Majestic Theater captured on this vintage postcard.

aspenflower
aspenflower on August 14, 2008 at 10:11 am

I am looking for info on my grandfather who had a contract in 1929 with a Dallas theater Co. doing vaudeville. Can anyone help me with which possible theater co that might have been?. He was a violinist as well as an actor. Thank you for any assistance, SD

aspenflower
aspenflower on August 14, 2008 at 10:10 am

I am looking for info on my grandfather who had a contract in 1929 with a Dallas theater Co. doing vaudeville. Can anyone help me with which possible theater co that might have been?. He was a violinist as well as an actor. Thank you for any assistance, SD

Raymondlepere447
Raymondlepere447 on April 24, 2008 at 5:50 am

Sirs et madams…My father was the featured organist at the Majestic, Palace and Melba theaters in the 1930' and 40’s. He was featured on radio with Organ music by Raymond Le Pere from the Palace theater. He played the Early Birds show at WFAA at 7am, then ventured to the Palace for a live broacast from 11:30 to noon daily. On Saturdays, he was busy at the Melba with the Kiddie klub and on Thursday evenings was the organist for the Dr. I.Q. program. Sundays, he had a morning Hymns show on the organ from the Palace. We didn’t time much for vacations since he was working 7 days a week. As Hope would say, thanks for the memories. Raymond Le Pere

philbertgray
philbertgray on November 7, 2007 at 6:44 am

Here are several exterior and interior photos of The Majestic Theatre

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Two other theaters in Dallas called the Majestic

The Majestic on Commerce Street circa 1910
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The Majestic on Elm street circa 1920
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christyred
christyred on November 6, 2007 at 8:56 pm

my father in law Harvey Don Hill ran the films for over thirty years until he passed away in 1965. Along with Charles Harcum they were members of Local 249. They would be proud to know that the Majestic is still operating and has been restored to once again a show place of Dallas Texas

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 27, 2007 at 4:32 pm

There is a 1910 photo on this site of another Majestic Theater in Dallas, but that one may not have shown films:
http://tinyurl.com/2kjkg3

sarider
sarider on January 20, 2007 at 4:37 am

Interestingly enough, I understand that one of the major donors to the 1983 restoration of this theater was RepublicBank, the same bank that demolished all but the facade of the 1926 Texas Theater in San Antonio that same year.

williamburge
williamburge on August 23, 2006 at 5:16 am

Houston Theatre Memories
by William Burge

My name is Bill Burge I am a Native Houstonian. When I was ten years old, my Dad, Robert Burge, had to go on a weekend trip to Downtown Houston. He took me past the Majestic Theater on Rusk Ave near Walker St. I noticed the big Majestic Theater marquee sign out front read in big bold letters marked ‘'STAGECOACH’‘ all star cast. Below the marquee sign had Norman Rockwell paintings of each star in the film- showing- RED BUTTONS- MIKE CONNERS-ALEX CORD- BOB CUMMINGS- BING CROSBY- VAN HEFLIN- ANN MARGRET- SLIM PICKENS- STEPHANIE POWERS- KEENAN WYNN. If I remember correctly, the date was around mid June 1966, on a very hot day during the summer. The film was produced by 20th Century Fox.They were famous for advertising this great western. My eyes grew huge seeing the big three sheet posters on each side of the ticket booth. On the bottom of the posters had two lobby cards in separate frame holders. Wow! Boy I was hooked on how the theater was grabbing the attention of the movie going public. It stopped traffic, people looking at this great movie marquee.

My next story is about the Alabama theater on Shepherd at West Alabama, my parents took the family to see the SOUND OF MUSIC -1965 another fox film. In the front of the theater it had what looked like a Billboard size poster showing Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. I remember this film was doing great business, the Alabama held the movie over for a year into 1966. Then another Julie Andrews film replaced it called HAWAII.

In the winter of 1972 I waited in line for an hour to see the POSEIDON ADVENTURE— the big poster that covered half the side of the theater front got everybody in line excited. We waited as strangers, but all of us spoke on the growing anticipation of this wonderful film. Just huddled around trying to stay warm, of course it was packed and sold out. When in the lobby everybody noticed how big the movie screen looked, it was HUGE!! Before the film started they showed a Looney Tune cartoon, the previews of Coming Attractions, and then the 20th Century Fox music fanfare started the film. I noticed the film was shot on a 70 millimeter screen, I was in heaven! Great sound system, felt like you were in the middle of the film.

The next story I remember, I was going to the Tower Theater on Westheimer near Montrose Dr. It was the winter of November 1974. The marquee out front in bold black letters said EARTHQUAKE in Sensurround sound!! I went in the lobby to get to our seats and noticed a group of big speakers in the back of the theater. They were added for the film’s special Sensurround sound. About 30 minutes into the film, when the earthquake hit California, the speakers in the back (3 rows behind us) vibrated the walls of the theater so much it knocked the plaster off the ceiling to come down. WOW!! Great special effects from Universal Pictures! I thought the roof was falling down. Obviously the guy whose head the plaster hit ran out of the theater like chicken little screaming, “The sky is falling!!”

The next story is from the Woodlake Three at Gessner at Westheimer. The theater faced toward Westheimer Rd. The front of the theater had steps going up to the front box office. Those were the very same steps (years later) that my children: Jennifer & Robert had stood on waiting to see RETURN OF THE JEDI- 1984, they were on T.V. 13 Eyewitness news interviewed them to see which actor they liked best. Continuing on, inside the lobby had a big concession stand separated by three movie screens. The film that opened the theater was called the HINDENBURG October 1974 by Universal Pictures.

The last story I have is from the last Historical movie theater in Houston. River Oaks theater on West Gray at Shepherd. I like the theater because it has the old neon marquee out front that shines at night. I saw midnight shows that starred the Beatles film in order- HARD DAYS NIGHT, HELP!, YELLOW SUBMARINE, & LET IT BE. The sound was turned up to get the crowd excited! It worked, a packed movie house. My daughter, Jennifer is a little upset River Oaks stopped doing the midnight showings of ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. In 1993 the director Martin Scorsese and Miramax films put over 2 million dollars to restore EL CID-1961, to keep the film from turning into nitrate dust. El Cid starred Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren. I sat in the theater with my mouth to the floor in amazement and wonder! How the colors of the costumes seem to jump out at you so clear. Great Dolby sound in 70 millimeter . It was a long film almost 3 and a half hours with a 15 minute intermission so everybody could take a break and come back refreshed. When the film was over everybody left the theater accept a lady in her mid 30s. She approached the manager saying (in tears) “ They don’t make pictures like that anymore!”

That’s why they are classics for all time, you just don’t see too many film makers willing to take the risks to bring such life & beauty to the screen. Hope you enjoyed my film memories of the great Houston interstate theaters.

DanielBates
DanielBates on February 12, 2006 at 1:40 pm

I frequented all of Dallas’s Elm Street “theatre row” establishments back when I was a kid young enough to have been admonished by an usher—yes, we had ushers back in the 1950s—to go back down and walk up those Majestic stairs! And they were, indeed, “majestic!” I suggest that the main factor in booking differences between the Majestic and its down-the-street neighbor, the Rialto, was that the schlock booked at the Majestic was of a slightly higher class, if “class” can be applied here, than the Rialto. Randolph Scott’s initial Budd Boetticher-“Ranown” production, “The Tall T,” for instance, played the Majestic, while his subsequent fare mostly played the Rialto, if not citywide (In the Fifties, playing “citywide” largely meant booking “dismissal;” the term is wholely different now.) The Rialto also played an occasional misnamed “B-movie,” such as John Huston’s “The Asphalt Jungle,” arguably his finest single film. The Tower was for holdovers moved from the Majestic or the appropriately named Palace, which was exactly that, a palace, what with that magnificent intermission organ and all. Skip another block, and you had the Fox, which showed “nudies,” the Fifties equivalent on “porn;” my mother wouldn’t even let me look at that one out of the passing bus window! Oh, and the Capitol, directly next door to the Rialto: By the Fifties, it had really fallen on hard times, booking-wise. I remember catching two first-run masterworks there: “The Bowery Boys Meet the Monster,” and “Cat Women of the Moon.” Aaaah, for the good old days of 3-D!