Majestic Theatre

224 E. Houston Street,
San Antonio, TX 78205

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DavidZornig
DavidZornig on March 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm

1955 World Premiere of “Davy Crockett” photo added, credit Brenda Wiley.

ElktonBob
ElktonBob on December 6, 2016 at 11:04 am

My dad was stationed at Lackland from ‘66-'69 and I always thought it was a treat to go to a movie at the Majestic. I remember watching the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine there and walking down the aisle during the show seeing kids huffing glue. My first introduction to drugs…at the Majestic!

theatrehistorian
theatrehistorian on October 8, 2014 at 9:29 am

I was at Lackland around 1966 and saw Cinerama’s How The West Was Won" but I can’t remember the name of the theatre.

I was back visiting this year and wondered if that theatre was still there.

cccmoviehouses
cccmoviehouses on February 6, 2014 at 7:56 pm

The Majestic, one of the truly grand theaters! I was fortunate to go to this treasure in 1963 while in the Air Force at Lackland. I had never seen such a theater, stars and clouds, what a interior, I don' t remember what was playing, I was in such awe of this magnificent theater. San Antonio has saved one of the great theaters to be enjoyed for years to come.

Patsy
Patsy on January 14, 2013 at 8:13 am

Just learned of this theatre through a neighbor whose mother lives in San Antonio Texas!

CSWalczak
CSWalczak on November 19, 2012 at 12:11 am

I too love the Majestic, but it is tied in my affections with the equally incredible Aztec; I worry even more about the Aztec’s long term prospects because all they have come up with since its restoration in terms of programming has been crappy touristy-oriented stuff.

LuisV
LuisV on May 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm

This theater seems to be fantastic. Unfortunately, nothing was playing while I was in San Antonio. Of all the San Antonio theaters that were ever built I am most happy that this one in particular has been saved. Their Broadway schedule for the 2011/2012 season includes La Cage Aux Folles next Spring so I will try to come back then to actually see a production inside this Eberson masterpiece.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on September 13, 2010 at 9:44 pm

From the late 1930s a postcard view of the MajesticTheatre in San Antonio.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Yeah,JAZZLAND can’t believe they would not let you take pictures.The show might have been enforcing that rule.Lots of roadshows want to no cameras in the building.I am stagehand and see it first hand quite a bit.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 23, 2010 at 6:36 pm

From the early 1940s a postcard view of downtown San Antonio and the MajesticTheatre.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm

From 1955 at the world premier of “To Hell and Back” Audie Murphy waving at the crowd in front of the Majestic.

jazzland
jazzland on June 11, 2010 at 2:31 pm

I visited the Majestic Wednseday night to see “Young Frankenstein”. More correctly, I was in San Antonio for the first time and went to see th Majestic Theatre; “Young Frankenstein” happend to be playing that night. The theatre is spectacular. The lobby and foyer furniture are gone but the interior is very beautiful. The show was entertaining, and the site lines from the balcony were very good. The only dissappointment was the “no photograpy” rule which was strictly, but politely, enforced by the staff. Even after explaining that I was only interested in images of the building (not the patrons or the production), I was told that photograpy was not allowed. I would have gladly purchased a book about the facility if one were available.

EnnisCAdkins
EnnisCAdkins on July 20, 2009 at 11:10 am

In October 1956, three friends and I traveled from Kerrville to San Antonio to see GIANT at the Majestic. We were all in our teens and big James Dean fans. It was a Saturday afternoon and you should have seen the crowds. After we purchased our tickets, we had to stand in line down the street for almost two hours before we could get in. That same line went almost around the entire block. Wow. What an exciting day. Once we found our seats, we were amazed at the beauty and size of the auditorium. The theater quickly filled up and the when the picture went on the screen, the audience went wild. This was one of my best movie experiences.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on May 26, 2008 at 8:56 am

A partial view of the Majestic sign and marquee from 1982.

gy2020
gy2020 on September 10, 2007 at 6:59 pm

I have created a website for the history of theatres in San Antonio. There were 5 Majestics and this was the last. Majestic Plaza Vaudeville, (Plaza), Majestic Empire Vaudeville (Empire), Majestic Theatre, served World War I soldiers, 9th and Broadway, Majestic (later State Theatre) and current Majestic, 226 E. Houston St. See more at http://www.satheatres.com/ San Antonio Theatres: Now & Then

patnance
patnance on August 17, 2006 at 11:05 am

They not only renovated the theater, they built upscale apartments in the 7th thru 17th floors. I live in one of them. It’s great for the shows.

William
William on April 12, 2006 at 6:42 am

I have the opening date for the Majestic Theatre listed as opening on June 14th. 1929, that’s from the Theatre Historical Society of America.

icebrg
icebrg on January 29, 2006 at 4:06 pm

Actually the Majestic Stage was adjacent to the Emipre. The two now share back stage areas as a result of the renovation. What is left of the Texas Theater is caddy-corner from the Majestic and Empire. Its facade incorporated into a spec office building built in the eighties that is now serves as the headquarters for AT&T.

GWaterman
GWaterman on December 3, 2005 at 2:53 pm

This is a beautiful theatre. I played here in the ‘80’s after its first remodel, and subsequently in the late 90’s with “Miss Saigon” after a much more comprehensive remodel.

What a stunningly beautiful theatre!

This theatre has a second balcony accessed by a separate stairway, orginally intended for segregated audiences.

The stage backs into two other theatres of the same vintage that were in the midst of remodeling while I was there. I don’t remember their names and I’m not familiar with San Antonio geography, so I can’t guess by the street numbers of other theatres. Perhaps the Texas is one?

Patsy
Patsy on September 27, 2005 at 5:10 pm

It’s the first time I’ve seen a flat marquee!

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 3, 2005 at 7:55 am

This theatre was a thrill to visit when I was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in 1966. I remember taking the bus into town to see movies at the Majestic and other numerous theatres. Among those I noted seeing here were “The Professionals,” “Texas Across the River” and “After the Fox.”

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 3, 2005 at 6:38 am

The Majestic Theatre opened in April 1929.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 3, 2005 at 6:35 am

The Film Daily Yearbook’s,1941 and 1943 give a seating capacity of 4,000. The Majestic was listed as being operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Hoblitzelle & O'Donnell. In the 1950 edition of F.D.Y. seating is given as 3,703.

icebrg
icebrg on October 16, 2004 at 9:23 am

You can find pictures of the interior of the theater at the theater web site www.majesticempire.com or www.lascasasfoundation.org

bobditt
bobditt on March 28, 2004 at 8:29 pm

I UNDERSTAND THE NEW MOVIE “THE ALAMO” WILL OPEN HERE.I WAS STATIONED AT FORT SAM HOUSTON AND WENT TO THIS GREAT THEATER MANY TIMES .THE AZTEC A FEW BLOCKS AWAY WAS ALSO A GREAT MOVIE HOUSE.THE MAJESTIC IS A BEAUTY!