Majestic Theatre

533 4th Street,
Algoma, WI 54201

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Satchmo7
Satchmo7 on July 8, 2017 at 2:34 am

To add a bit more information, The Majestic was a single screen theater in the 1960s and demolished in 1972. As a child, I lived in Algoma from 1964 through 1970, and my first movie going experience was seeing “Goldfinger” at The Majestic in October 1965 (I was 5 years old); this meant “Goldfinger” was exhibited nearly a year after it’s initial release. I recently spent several hours in the Algoma public library reviewing the microfiche of the local weekly paper, specifically looking for the ads for the Majestic. They exhibited each film for 1 week, with only weekend showings and the ticket prices were 35 cents for kids and 50 cents for adults. Mostly they showed just a single feature – with an occasional double feature. Rather oddly, the ads often declared there would not be a Friday showing.

LouRugani
LouRugani on November 23, 2015 at 11:41 pm

The MAJESTIC Theatre opened on March 20, 1914 by David Burke with a Mary Pickford feature and the play “Quo Vadis” in eight acts. Its front was mission brick with 13 electric lights. Dark oak covered the outer lobby which had a natural wood foyer. A French beveled mirror was at the exit. There were 320 seats, a 12' x 20' stage with a 12' x 14' proscenium and three drops portraying a street, a garden and a parlor. The booth was 8' x 10'. At its opening there was also a ballroom, bowling alleys and a separate stage for class plays and community events, all closed by the 1940s. A dairy promotion allowed free admission to those bringing in enough red handles from Pleck’s milk.

In September of 1925 the MAJESTIC added 225 seats and had a total of five bowling alleys. The stage was enlarged, dressing rooms were added, projection lenses were replaced and a new organ was installed. The Wednesday evening shows offered glassware along with the five-cent admission.

Algoma’s MAJESTIC Theatre was demolished for the rebuilding of the Community State Bank.