Majestic Theater

209 N. Centre Street,
Pottsville, PA 17901

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The Majestic Theater opened July 9, 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 4, 2005 at 10:13 am

Some restoration photos at this link:
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teecee
teecee on August 31, 2005 at 2:09 pm

recent news article:

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Still needs more $ to fund the restoration.

bhafner
bhafner on August 10, 2007 at 9:32 pm

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 5:42 pm

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

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 9, 2014 at 12:45 am

The July 30, 1910, issue of The Film Index had this item about the Majestic Theatre:

“The Majestic Motion Picture Place, of Pottsville, Pa., which is conceded to be one of the most modern in the country, opened July 9. Besides having the best pictures obtainable, the management has installed an $850 Matchless Cunningham Player.”
The current operators of the Majestic could install a new Matchless Cunningham Piano, too, but I don’t think there’s a player model anymore.

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