Majestic Theatre

240 Collinsville Avenue,
East St. Louis, IL 62201

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Majestic Theatre

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Built on the site of an earlier Majestic Theatre (ex-Rex Theatre) which was destroyed by fire in 1927. The Majestic Theatre opened February 26, 1928 with performances by Al Jolson and George Jessel. It had 1,767 seats and was equipped with a Wurlitzer theatre organ. Initially, it was operated by Harry Redman. Later in September 1928 a Vitaphone sound system was installed.

Closed in 1960, it is now owned by the city. Like the rest of downtown East St. Louis, has been in a state of decay for years.

It was Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

Contributed by Paul Knittel

Recent comments (view all 58 comments)

jwballer on October 14, 2010 at 12:58 pm

But good point. A skylight that small wouldn’t bring in that much light.
The photos from supercharger96 show that the roof is ready to collapse.
Maybe it has collapsed but google or bings aerial views haven’t been updated scince then.
By the way, if you look to the left < side on the majestic’s roof, and a tiny spot on the right it looks like some of the roof has caved in or is ready to. There is also a small spot in the front of the theatre’s roof where it looks like something has been filed in.
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Press satilite and zoom all the way in and say what you think.8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl

jwballer on October 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Also in the 2008 photos theres A LOT of graffiti, water damage, exposed wires, stolen things, and partially collapsed beams.
There is also light coming through the projection booth.

jwballer on October 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm

The stage has also collapsed and in the first auditorium photo, looking towards the former stage, there a garage door that looks like it has been caved in.

ghamilton on October 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm

THIS theater’s demise is a crime.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm

An ad for the American Seating Company in the October 6, 1928, issue of Motion Picture News featured a photo of the auditorium of Redmon’s Majestic Theatre.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on October 19, 2012 at 7:43 am

I recently photographed the Majestic Theatre. Check out the post at After the Final Curtain

msova on March 22, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Great comments all. And thanks to all who’ve taken pix inside this heap. It’s truly a shame. Those of us that live near estl can assure the rest of you that this theatre will never be restored. Estl is simply incable of not only doing the project, but of supporting such a venue. You would have to raze the entire downtown area, hell, the entire city, in order for a “theatre-going clientele” to feel safe enough to patronize it. I worked got a NY based company that restores historic theaters, state capitols, etc all over the country ( is worth perusing) do j hsvd an idea of what’s involved. The New Amsterdam they restored in NY was in BAD shape, but not nearly this bad. Plaster and paint are doable. This sort of structural decay is 99% a death sentence. It’s so sad. Maybe if it could be picked up on ond piece and moved to Dubai….

msova on March 22, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Sorry for all the iPos (iPhone typos) but u can figure out (got= for, if= of, etc)

Norman Plant
Norman Plant on March 23, 2013 at 5:43 am

msova, I totally agree. This theater will sit and crumble because the city can’t afford to raze it. Of all the places I’ve been taking pictures, this one was the one I was most concerned about my safety. I can’t see any hope for this one being restored or viable.

mistyc82 on October 10, 2013 at 9:16 pm

My grandparents met at this theater in the 40’s. When it closed they sold some things out of it. I own 1 of these pieces and I can see it in 1 of the photos. If anyone might know someone that would like to see it or knows anything about the history of this theater please contact me. thanks

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