Majestic Theatre

20 W. Hastings Street,
Vancouver, BC V6B

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Pantages Theater, Vancouver

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Previously operated by: Odeon Theatres (Canada) Ltd., Pantages

Architects: Benjamin Marcus Priteca

Styles: Neo-Classical

Previous Names: Pantages Theatre, Beacon Theatre, Odeon Hastings

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Majestic Theatre

Alexander Pantages began building a 2nd Pantages Theatre in 1914, but suspended construction due to shortages from the war. Building was resumed in 1916 and on June 18, 1917 it was officially opened as a vaudeville house. Charlie Chaplin, Gypsy Lee Rose, Jack Dempsey and others would have performances here.

Located across Hastings Street from the Rex Theatre (now Army & Navy), it later became the Beacon Theatre, the Odeon Hastings and finally the Majestic Theatre which closed in late-1965. With the building under decay, Odeon decided to sell the building to a parking lot operator who thus razed the building, under much public protest, to make way for an parking lot which is still operating to this day. Sadly, the only remnant remaining of the original theatre is a small bricked portion on the Hastings Street frontage.

Contributed by Sean Jung

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

seanjung on August 8, 2008 at 1:22 am

Here are some photos of the theater:
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kencmcintyre on June 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm

Mike Rivest posted this 1950 newspaper ad on his site:

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Joe Vogel on December 18, 2009 at 3:30 am

The November 19, 1921, issue of The Music Trade Review reported that a Robert-Morton organ would be installed in the Pantages Theatre at Vancouver. I’m not sure if this was done then or not, as the PSTOS page for the Pantages says a Robert-Morton was installed in the house in 1925.

seanjung on October 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm

There’s a new building on the site of the old Pantages aka Beacon, Majestic and Hastings Odeon. It’s ironic that the one feet wide bricked section of the old theatre is still there between the two buildings.

CSWalczak on July 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

Two pictures from the City of Vancouver archives, one showing the installation of the new signage converting the theatre to the Odeon Hastings and the other of the theatre as the Majestic. View link

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ScreenClassic on July 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

Here’s another photo of the Majestic, taken around September 1965 (which indicates the theatre was still open then, but would close shortly thereafter):

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Texas2step on August 14, 2017 at 7:07 pm

This one opened on June 18, 1917.

Splashcat66 on July 28, 2019 at 1:09 pm

The correct order of names for this theatre are:

Pantages (1917) Beacon (1930) Odeon Hastings (1946) Majestic (1958)

DavidZornig on October 25, 2020 at 7:47 pm

Odeon Theatres Ltd., interior of Hastings Theatre, December 1946, photos added courtesy Bill Taylor.

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