315 S. Gay Street,
315 S. Gay Street,Knoxville, TN 37902
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A small blurb in The Film Daily on June 25, 1937 lists the Majestic as “dismantled” along with the Palace in Greenville, TN.
This theater is mentioned in James Agee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “A Death in the Family,” an autobiographical account of Agee’s childhood around the time his father died in a car accident in May 1916. At the beginning of the novel, Agee (Rufus Follett in the story) and his father go to see a Charlie Chaplin film at the Majestic, and he describes the auditorium as having “the exhilarating smell of stale tobacco, rank sweat, perfume and dirty drawers, while the piano played fast music”.
The Majestic Theatre was located at 315 South Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee. It opened in 1908 under the name Lyceum with Robert Robinson as manager. The manager in 1909 was W.H.Sneed. In 1910 the theatre’s name changed to Majestic and Frank Rogers was the manager. The city directory for 1910 indicates that this theatre provided motion pictures and vaudeville.
A modern building occupies the site.