First Majestic #1 (North Main)

158 N. Main Street,
Memphis, TN 38101

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Post card--Main at Washington circa 1907-8

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This is generally considered Memphis first nickelodeon movie theatre and the first theatre where films were the main attraction. Between films, singers sang as slides were projected on screen. Films shown here included “The Great Train Robbery”. The Theatorium was opened in 1905 by Charles Dinstuhl, who owned the confection shop next door(156 N. Main Street).

In 1908 the Theatorium was purchased by Frank Montgomery and was renamed the Majestic #1. Montgomery at one time owned five theatres of various sizes on Main Street, more than one with the name “Majestic.” The current Majestic Grille (see Majestic Theatre page), shows films during meals alone remains of his holdings.

Contributed by Vincent Astor
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