Majestic Theatre

3163 Biddle Avenue,
Wyandotte, MI 48192

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Majestic Theatre

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The Majestic Theatre was opened in February 1916, and continued until at least 1950.

Contributed by Don Solosan

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm

A photo can be seen here.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 23, 2009 at 6:54 am

The Majestic was being taken over by the Associated Theatres circuit according to Boxoffice Magazine of July 30, 1938. The deal was not completed until 1939. The previous owner was named George Wilbur, who became a manager for Associated, first at the Rialto in Wyandotte, then at the Majestic after it was remodeled by the new owners.

The earliest mention of the Majestic I’ve found in Boxoffice is from 1937, but George Wilbur was mentioned as early as 1935 as being an operator from Wyandotte. Judging from the photo linked above I’d say the building must date from the 1920s or earlier, and the style of the facade suggests that it was built as a theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on October 11, 2009 at 7:44 pm

Wow, I have finally found the theatre from the short lived CBS tv show that took place entirely in the MAJESTIC theatre.Could this be the theatre that was in that show that only had a handful of episodes before it was given the ax? I am so glad i stumbled on that summer replacement shoe back in 86 or 87. I wonder if anyone even remembers the show. I did get to videotape a few shows before it was gone. This must not be the MAJESTIC, but i was hoping. And quite surprized i have not read anyone yet write of this very ture show. If you worked in radio you knew WKRP was on the money.If you ever lugged a film or two up to the booth you know THE POPCORN KID was written by a theatre person. A MOVIE THEATRE PERSON not a 20 plex cinema person.TOO large,can’t get to know your fellow employees.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 29, 2012 at 12:33 am

The February 5, 1916, issue of The Moving Picture World ran an item about the opening of the Majestic Theatre:

“The new Majestic theater in Wyandotte, owned by the Caille & Guthard Interests of Detroit, was formally opened on Thursday evening, January 20, to immense crowds, hundreds going from Detroit to see the new house. In the first ten days booking the following companies have been considered: Paramount, Metro, Big Four, Equitable, World, Pathe, Triangle and Blue Bird. The opening picture was ‘The Whirl of Life’ with Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Castle, which Caille & Guthard control for Michigan. George P. Wilbur is the manager of the New Majestic, having come from the Grand in Columbia, Ohio. The Marx theater in Wyandotte closed Jan. 23. It will be entirely remodelled, redecorated and refurnished and re-opened sometime in February. This theater is also owned by Caille & Guthard. Mr. Guthard announces that the firm will also control a third theater In Wyandotte.”
Other sources indicate that the Marx Theatre was built in 1910 at the northwest corner of Biddle and Sycamore Streets, so it was almost directly across the street from the Majestic.

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