Majestic Theatre

916 15th Avenue,
East Moline, IL 61244

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MAJESTIC Theatre; East Moline, Illinois.

Replacing an earlier storefront Majestic Theatre at 914 15th Avenue (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures). The Majestic Theater was opened on December 26, 1914. Listed in the 1945 Film Daily Yearbook as operating and seating 450. The Majestic Theatre was closed in August 1954.

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mcneilarchitect on March 21, 2006 at 5:09 pm

This building is no longer used as a theater. It was converted to offices in the 70’s. The building was remodeled recently with a new front facade and a new interior.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 4, 2017 at 11:54 am

The February 21, 1914, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item about the Majestic:

“The Pastime Theater Company, which purchased the interests of George R. Covell and J. G. Campbell in the Majestic Theater at East Moline announced its intention of adding vaudeville to the moving picture program.”

dallasmovietheaters on October 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm

The “New” Majestic Theatre opened December 26, 1914. It replaced a much smaller, neighboring, converted retail spot also called the Majestic when the older spot was too small to effectively present both films and live vaudeville. The theater’s closed in August of 1954 just prior to its 40th anniversary. The theatre was retrofitted for other purposes.

SethG on September 26, 2021 at 6:20 am

I’ve created a listing for the older Majestic, and the photo should be moved there. It’s unfortunate that there only seem to be 1912, 1950, and 1957 maps for East Moline, it leaves a lot of gaps.

The 1950 map shows that the second floor was a dance hall. Not sure if that left room for a balcony. The stage at rear was only one story. By the way, the streetview car went down the back alley, so you can get a good look at this. The 1957 map shows the ground floor split into two storefronts, but there is a marquee (not shown on the 1950 map, possibly just an omission) still present. Second floor was still a hall of some sort.

SethG on September 26, 2021 at 6:21 am

One last note, which may help any confusion for other researchers: 15th Ave was called 1st Ave until sometime between 1912 and 1950.

SethG on September 26, 2021 at 6:40 am

Well, maybe one more note? The address for this theater was 916-918. Not sure which was used by the second floor. The 920 address did not exist, as late as 1957.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 26, 2021 at 6:00 pm

A November 20, 1954 Boxoffice item about the closing of the Majestic said that the Carpentier brothers had been lessees of the 40-year-old building since 1924. The Carpentiers were the owners of the Strand Theatre, which they had opened in 1921.

SethG on September 26, 2021 at 8:52 pm

Looks like we have a few photos of the first Majestic which need to be moved to the other listing.

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