Majestic Theatre

310 Main Street,
Wayne, NE 68787

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The Majestic

Opened as the Gay Theatre in 1929. This theater was part of the March Brothers circuit in 1963 and was later twinned. It was closed in April 2009.

It was re-opened as a single screen, renamed Majestic Theatre in December 2010.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

Recent comments (view all 10 comments)

Scott on June 9, 2009 at 9:45 am

Does anyone here know when this theatre was built?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm

The Gay Theater is listed under Wayne NE in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac. It and the Crystal Theater in Wayne were run by Marschoene Theatres Inc., Philip L. March, General Mgr. Marschoene Theatres was part of March Brothers Theatres Inc. of Vermillion, South Dakota. Chuck1231, I agree that as long as Cinema Treasures has the electonic capacity then the more theaters listed, the better. And when posters make mistakes, there is a proper way to post a correction without being insulting and nasty about it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 31, 2009 at 2:52 am

A “Twenty Years Ago” feature in Boxoffice of August 28, 1948, quoted a 1928 Movie Age item saying “E. E. Gailey, operator of the Crystal in Wayne, Neb., will open his new Gay Theatre there soon.”

The November 30, 1929, issue of Movie Age reported that “Western Electric sound equipment has been installed in the new Gay Theatre at Wayne, Neb.” E.E. Gailey is mentioned as the manager in this item.

The Gay was mentioned in Boxoffice of November 25, 1939, as one of six theaters then being operated by the March brothers. All were being remodeled and/or redecorated by Al Hauetter of the Modern Theatre Decorators company of Kansas City.

kencmcintyre on January 27, 2010 at 6:52 pm

They were using the marquee to promote someone’s candidacy a few years ago:

CSWalczak on December 17, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Good news: through the concentrated efforts of the town’s citizens, this theater is back in business! It is now been renamed the Majestic Theater, with a new marquee and the addition of a vertical sign, has been returned to its original single screen status, has 3D capability, and has a rebuilt stage to accommodate live performances. Here is the story: View link

ERD on December 18, 2010 at 6:09 am

Kudos to the citzens of Wayne NE.for repoening the Majestic. you must be a great group of people.

TLSLOEWS on December 18, 2010 at 8:12 am

That is good news,good luck to them.

ChasSmith on December 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

Good for you! May other towns and cities follow your excellent example. Best of luck!

Morgan_White on July 18, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I just interviewed Melanie Loggins, who acts as general manager, of The Majestic for a documentary about independent theaters I’m currently working on. The Majestic is a beautiful little theater, and completely embodies the character and passion of all those who are involved with it.

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