Majestic Theatre

204 N. Court Street,
Florence, AL 35630

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Previously operated by: Malco Theatres Inc.

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Majestic Theatre, 1921

The Majestic Theatre opened on Saturday, August 30, 1919. It was located at 204 North Court Street next to the new First National Bank building. From the advertisements, it was not clear what was shown on opening day, but the primary advertisements announced a “Paramount Artcraft Special”, a motion picture style show with living models and moving pictures called “That Well Dressed Look” for September 1 and 2. The theatre seated 400 people.

The last night of operation for the Majectic Theatre was June 9, 1951.

Contributed by Charles Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

kencmcintyre on February 13, 2009 at 3:22 pm

If you look at the street today, the Uniform Shop at 203 N. Court and the Salvation Army at 205 N. would be directly across the street from the Majestic. Both the theater and the old National Bank building on the corner have been replaced by a newer structure. It looks like the theater was demolished some time ago.

ShoalsSound on September 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

The Majestic closed in 1951 but the building survived until May 1958 when it was razed to make room for the large bank building that now stands on the site.

DavidZornig on March 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I just added a circa 2000-2010 photo of the buildings, which appears to have part of an older structure still standing at the rear of the former Majestic Theatre’s lot. Possibly the auditorium that was re-purposed. Description is with the photo.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on April 5, 2014 at 7:44 pm

The Majestic was one of the first theatres built and operated by Morris Aaron Lightman who later changed the name of his company to MALCO.

DavidZornig on February 2, 2018 at 3:05 pm

Original June 1942 full size and Imbued with Hues colorized versions added.

SethG on January 27, 2022 at 8:36 am

Just to clarify, there is no remnant of the older building. What can be seen in the picture of the bank is a little penthouse on the roof, probably a mechanical room.

In addition, someone has posted a newspaper photo showing that the theater building was razed completely. The back wall of the bank may have been reused, since the alley windows look pretty old-fashioned.

SethG on January 27, 2022 at 5:16 pm

I wonder if this theater was remodeled or reconstructed at some point? As shown on the 1921 map, it’s a wooden building with stucco coating. Only the small commercial space off to the side is brick.

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