Sovereign Majestic Theatre

209 N. Centre Street,
Pottsville, PA 17901

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The Majestic opened in 1910 as a nickelodeon with a mixture of serials, westerns, and vaudeville. The theater closed in 1930.

After laying dormant for nine years, its interior was gutted in 1939 and then used primarily as a farmer’s market until 1995.

It was purchased by The Majestic Theatre Association in 2001 and the group is now seeking nearly $500,000 to turn the former nickelodeon into a performing and cultural arts center.

The theater’s naming rights were sold in May 2002 to Sovereign Bank in exchange for a $175,000 donation.

Recent renovations include the removal of a newer facade which covered up its original exterior. The original facade is now one of the focal points of the renovation project.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures

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teecee
teecee on August 3, 2005 at 11:13 pm

Some restoration photos at this link:
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teecee
teecee on August 31, 2005 at 3:09 am

recent news article:

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Still needs more $ to fund the restoration.

bhafner
bhafner on August 10, 2007 at 10:32 am

The theatre was constructed in 1910 and designed by William Howard Lee. It is one of two existing Beaux-Arts reverse screen theaters in Pennsylvania.

The renovated theatre has 224 seats.

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on July 11, 2010 at 6:42 am

An article about the theater’s centennial celebration: View link

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