Majestic Theater

506 East Lawrence Avenue,
Ellwood City, PA 16117

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 17, 2018 at 8:47 pm

In 1916, the Majestic was owned by a T. V. Barnes. The June 24, 1916, issue of The American Contractor said that work had begun on a $15,000 remodeling of a theater at Ellwood City for T. V. Barnes. H. J. Lohman of McKeesport was the architect.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 28, 2016 at 6:58 pm

The Majestic was enlarged and remodeled in late 1936, as described in this item from the January 2, 1937, issue of The Film Daily:

“Ellwood City, Pa. — Andy and Frank Biordi have remodeled their Majestic at a cost of more than $25,000. A complete new interior and a new marquee have been erected. A five-room apartment atop the theater has been dismantled and a balcony added. The auditorium was also reseated for increased capacity. Installations include new lighting fixtures, projection equipment and a sound system. W. Naidenoff of Pittsburgh was the decorator.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 9, 2014 at 10:53 am

There was a theater called the Majestic in Ellwood City at least as early as 1910, when the house appeared several times in lists of current vaudeville engagements published in various issues of Variety.

The June 26, 1914, issue of the New Castle News said that many improvements were being made to the Majestic Theatre in Ellwood City.

The Majestic Theatre was destroyed by a fire on January 11, 1984. The last movie shown was Return of the Jedi. There is a photo of the fire on this page of the Ellwood City Ledger web site.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm

An October 15, 1949, Boxoffice item about a remodeling of the Majestic said the house had originally opened in 1917. Through most of its history, the Majestic was operated by members of the Biordi family. The web site Ellwood City Memories says that Frank Biordi operated the Majestic from either 1918 or 1921 (the page has contradictory information) until selling it in 1924, then repurchased the theater in 1936.

Andy Biordi is mentioned as operator of the Majestic in many issues of Boxoffice from the 1930s into the 1960s. Mrs. Frank Biordi was mentioned as owner of the Majestic in Boxoffice Magazine as late as 1977. Frank Biordi died on October 29, 1974, according to a notice in Boxoffice of December 16.

TLSLOEWS on November 2, 2009 at 10:51 am

Not much info on this theater but a nice picture from lost memory.Very old school looking!