Majestic Theatre

401 Railroad Avenue,
Rifle, CO 81650

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Located at the corner of Railroad Avenue and 4th Street, the Majestic Theatre opened in September 1911 with a seating capacity of 200. It is said to have been the first motion picture theatre in Rifle. It was located in the Oddfellows Building occupying the ground level with the Oddfelows Hall occupying the second story of this 2-story building. After the shows, the theatre became a dancehall where dances were held on the theatre’s beautiful hardwood floors. It was purchased by Charles Hickman in 1913 who ran it until taking over the Rex Theatre (located on West 3rd Street) in 1913. The Majestic Theatre appears to have closed before 1928 as only the Rex Theatre appears in the listing for Rifle in the Film Daily Yearbooks of 1928 and 1932.

As of this December 2015 writing, the building still stands with the Oddfellows Hall occupying the second story space and a bar called Cheermeister’s occupying the ground floor (former Majestic Theatre) space.

Contributed by Anthony L. Vazquez-Hernandez
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