Majestic Theater

586 Roosevelt Avenue,
Carteret, NJ 07008

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Majestic Theatre, Carteret NJ December 2014

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The Majestic Theater was opened in 1915. It was closed as a silent movie theater in 1930. The building was later converted into residential use. It was demolished in June 2015.

Contributed by mike ferenchiak

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teecee on January 20, 2008 at 12:11 pm

see this post from the Ritz in Carteret:

It made its first appearance in Film Daily Year Books in the 1932 edition. The 1931 edition lists three theatres for Carteret— the Majestic with 500 seats, and two with no further information beyond the names of Burkley and Crescent. I suspect that the Burkley became the Ritz. The 1932 FDYB lists both the Majestic and Crescent as closed, and has nothing about the Burkley. I also wonder if “Burkley” is the correct spelling.
posted by Warren on Jun 10, 2007 at 1:58pm

teecee on November 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Photo on the front page of today’s Star Ledger.

teecee on November 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm

A search of Google street view puts the building at 586 Roosevelt. The photo is much nicer than that of the Ledger, leading one to believe that this building is in rapid decline.

walterk on October 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

The Majestic was listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 450. It was owned and operated by Maurice Spewak, who also ran the Ritz and Crescent. It never converted to talkies and my father (who would be 94 if he were still around) remembered it closing when he was a kid. Spewak btw lived in the house to the left of the theater. The entrance may look a little trashed, but the theatre itself was converted at least in part to living space several decades back, the entrance around the corner on Charles St. If you go to 586 Roosevelt Avenue on google maps, enter the street mode and go around the corner (to the left of the Majestic) onto Charles St a short distance, you can see the far back end of the theatre and conversion.

walterk on June 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm

Sad to report that this century old building met the proverbial wreckers ball yesterday, June 3. This was expected, it was in very bad shape, having lost its roof a while back. The Majestic closed its doors as a movie house in summer of 1930, was open around 1915 by Charles Crane Sr, a local resident who also owned the New Palace Theatre. I have a bit more history and a yarn or two about the Majestic which I will post later, some research not yet complete.

Demolished should be added to the status of this theatre.

markp on June 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm

I passed it about 2 weeks ago on my way to NYC on the bus. Gonna seem strange to see an empty lot. Looks like nothing much going on at the Ritz these days.

walterk on June 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm

Markp, It’s going to seem strange for me to see an empty lot there when I’m visiting in a few weeks. I’ll drop you a line about that, hopefully we can get together. I’ll be around a bit more than usual this trip, spending a fair amount of time at the Cultural Center we visited in December.

I wish the demolition happened a month later when I’d be around, I explored and took photos of the outside of the building last December and got a look through a window very near the former entrance . It appears that the upper portion was still present, though it has been covered for at least the last 60 years I’ve was familiar with the building. I could see what looked like 3 arches, one with glass still in place. I imagine the original paint scheme or any design work might still have been present. As there are no known photos of the Majestic from way back, I would like to have gotten a picture of what was there, if possible.

markp on June 10, 2015 at 4:36 pm

I drove by it Saturday night on my way home from an arena gig. Nothing left.

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