Majestic Theatre

115 King Street,
Madison, WI 53703

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Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 14, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Renovated auditorium featured on the front cover of this trade journal in June, 1957: boxoffice

MiltonSmith
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!

wescoast43
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.

QUIXOTE
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>>

seffrood
seffrood on October 8, 2007 at 8:12 pm

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

tmsenzig
tmsenzig on March 30, 2007 at 3:51 pm

No, the Madison is not the Majestic.

kencmcintyre
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:
http://tinyurl.com/287788

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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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.

bellita
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.

teecee
teecee on February 3, 2005 at 6:44 pm

Article describing its current use and brief history:

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madison
madison on June 15, 2004 at 3:33 am

Now a dance club with limited seating. Upstage now houses the D.J’s booth while dancing is attempted in the small downstage area. The former fly rail is another drinking deck with a bird’s eye view of the college students while they get their groove on.