Loew's Majestic Theatre

15 SE 5th Street,
Evansville, IN 47708

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Loew's Majestic Theatre

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Opened December 25, 1909, the Majestic Theatre was remodelled in 1915 by architectural firm Joseph & Joseph, and again in 1919 by architectural firm Harry E. Boyle & Co. It later became one of two Loew’s Theatres located in downtown Evansville.

The Majestic Theatre was located just off Main Street on SE 5th Street a block from the larger Victory Theatre. I know that it was not in operation in the mid-1960’s and was demolished in 1974.

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Any photos or info?

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 11, 2010 at 2:39 pm

The Victory was once a Loews house, I believe it still operates under a different name.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm

The web site Historic Evansville says that the New Majestic Theater was built in 1909 to replace an earlier Majestic Theater on the same site. The New Majestic opened in Christmas Day, 1909, and was demolished in 1974.

An item in the July 31, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World said that the Switlow Amusement Company of Louisville, Kentucky, had bought the New Majestic Theater in Evansville. The theater had apparently been operating as a legitimate house, as Switlow intended to convert the Majestic to a movie and vaudeville combination house. The architectural firm of Joseph & Joseph had been hired to design a $20,000 remodeling.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 7, 2014 at 11:04 am

The May 17, 1919, issue of Electrical Review said that the New Majestic Theatre in Evansville was to undergo a remodeling that would cost between $50,000 and $75,000. The Evansville architectural firm Harry E. Boyle & Co. was providing the plans.

Classic1
Classic1 on March 8, 2017 at 11:59 am

Carl Laemmle once rented the Majestic Theatre in Evansville, Indiana, “during the summer months” in 1908 “when it was closed as a vaudeville house (sic!).” Laemmle wanted to “bring talking pictures” to the American market and used a new machine called the Synchroscope from the German Inventor Jules Greenbaum at the Majestic in Summer 1908. It must have worked, because an old employee later wrote to Laemmle that “they played to packed houses all summer…” (John Drinkwater, The Life and Adventures of Carl Laemmle, p. 157-158)

Classic1
Classic1 on March 8, 2017 at 1:08 pm

On the site of the later Loew’s Majestic Theatre, a mill was built in 1856. The mill belonged to Igleheart Brothers, who moved to 1600-14 N First Ave, formerly 2214 First Ave, in Evansville in 1904. Then the former mill was “converted into the ‘Little Bijou Theater’”. In 1909, the Little Bijou Theater was “razed for (a) newer theater”. “A new larger theater is erected (in 1909, remark of the author) and called the New Majestic.” Quotes and information taken from: http://historicevansville.com/

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