Majestic Theatre

207 Main Street,
Holyoke, MA 01040

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Majestic Theater - Holyoke MA

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The Majestic Theatre was located in lower Holyoke on Main Street (several blocks north of the Bijou Theatre). The Majestic Theatre was owned by Herman Rifkin Theatres and operated as a very popular second run theater catering to the residents of the local neighborhoods known as "the flats" and "south Holyoke." Films which played first-run at the Suffolk Theatre (the other Rifkin owned theatre located uptown) often opened at the Majestic Theatre a few weeks later.

In the late-1950’s the Majestic Theatre was acquired by Henry Turcotte and renamed United Cinema. Turcotte modernized the theater’s facade and marquee and sealed off the balcony.

The Majestic Theatre was destroyed by a general alarm fire in 1960

Contributed by Dr. Russ Durocher

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RobertR
RobertR on February 17, 2004 at 10:17 am

When you read histories like this you wonder why anyone would seal off a balcony?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 24, 2006 at 8:44 am

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Majestic in Holyoke lists the address as “205 Main St.” There is a facade photo taken in March 1941. The theatre had a marquee large enough to display both the current attractions and the coming attractions. The 2 current movies posted on the right panel of the marquee are Deanna Durbin in “Nice Girl” plus “Leather Pusher”; on the front panel of the marquee, starting “Next Sun.” are “Virginia” and “The Old Swimming Hole”. There appears to be a vertical blade sign above the marquee. The Report states that the Majestic is not a MGM customer; that it was over 20 years old; that it’s in Fair condition; and has 680 orchestra seats and 420 balcony seats; total: 1,100 seats.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 17, 2010 at 10:55 am

The Majestic is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 687 seats and open daily.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on August 31, 2012 at 9:09 am

New marquee installed in 1939: Boxoffice

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