Majestic Theatre

115 King Street,
Madison, WI 53703

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MAJESTIC Theatre; Madison, Wisconsin.

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The Majestic Theatre was opened in 1906 as a vaudeville theatre. It went on to become a silment movie theatre, then was equipped for sound.

After closing as a porn movie theatre, it became a nightclub, but since September 29, 2007, has reverted back to live performances and concerts.

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bellita on April 1, 2005 at 3:12 am

Wow. Surprised and shocked to hear it has become a dance club. Saw “Bound,” “The City of Lost Children,” and some other artsy movies there in the mid-late 90s. The carpeted lobby was very narrow and had an oldish rectangular water fountain in it. The ladies' bathroom was to the left when you entered and had the original fixtures. The theater itself had quasi-boxes on either side and a balcony. The boxes did not give you a very good view of the movie, but it was cool to sit up there. Before you entered the theater you had a very claustrophobic vibe. I want to say I remember the doors to enter the theatre being tall and narrow “swinging” doors. It was not ornate inside, not like a “movie palace” found in larger cities.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 8, 2005 at 12:38 am

The Majestic Theatre opened on 15th December 1906 as a vaudeville theatre. It went over to movies plus stage shows from 1912.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 27, 2005 at 12:07 pm

Another brief history, and a picture, from the Madison Trust for Historic Preservaton:

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kencmcintyre on February 17, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Is King Street different from King Boulevard? I won’t add the Madison if it’s the same theater as the Majestic:

tmsenzig on March 30, 2007 at 3:51 pm

No, the Madison is not the Majestic.

seffrood on October 8, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Does any body have any pics of the majestic circa 1906 when it was built?

QUIXOTE on January 28, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I loved the Majestic before it was sold and converted, except for one thing; I’ve never been in a theater with the rows of seats so damned close together! My knees were FIRMLY dug into the back of the seat in front. That theater HAD to have been designed for an audience of MIDGETS!!!

While that wasn’t a real biggie for ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW, just imagine the AGONY of sitting through ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA and 1900 !!!

It took me DAYS tor recover from those tortures! <<grin>>

wescoast43 on March 4, 2010 at 10:55 pm

As many of these photos indicate, the nightclub function of this theatre has been terminated following some shootings and other issues with violence. It is now mainly a music venue, which I visited last year. Not bad and at least they’ve maintained the marquee.

MiltonSmith on May 18, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Why is this listed as closed? Its far from closed. In fact, from the pictures I’ve seen, it looks better than it has in years!

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