Majestic Theatre

1925 Elm Street,
Dallas, TX 75201

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Inc. & Texas Consolidated Theaters Inc., Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: John Adolph Emil Eberson

Functions: Performing Arts

Styles: Atmospheric, Baroque

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 214.880.0137

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Majestic Theatre exterior and the nearby Melba Theatre

Designed by John Eberson and opened in 1921, The Majestic Theatre began as a home for both movies and vaudeville shows and had an original seating capacity of 2,800. It was equipped with a 2 manual Kilgen organ. In 1932, the Majestic Theatre began showing movies exclusively. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Hoblitzelle & O'Donnell. Film was the main attraction for the Majestic Theatre until dwindling downtown audiences and poor ticket sales drove the theatre out of business in 1973. In 1974, the vacant theatre was used extensively as a location for the Brian DePalma movie “Phantom of the Paradise” starring Paul Williams.

The Majestic Theatre was reopened by the city of Dallas along with donations from private and corporate supporters in 1983 after undergoing a transformation to accommodate more seating for performing arts and concerts.

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ejones880 on July 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

Three Stooges Texas Connection

The Three Stooges performed here during the vaudeville area which would have been during 1921-1934 for them. At the time they were working with Ted Healy and the act was called “Ted Healy and his Stooges”. Healy was the star and was the most successful vaudeville performer in the country making $9000 a week in the 20s. Healy started out as a cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle and met vaudeville performers and entered show business. You can hear a radio interview with Stooge Moe Howard talking about when they performed at the Dallas Majestic Theater and did a joke about Baylor University and the people of Texas where planning on throwing eggs at them! Its on the DVD Stooges Men Behind the Mayhem

DavidZornig on October 28, 2015 at 8:42 pm

Circa 1950 photo added courtesy of Gianni Corso.

DavidZornig on March 15, 2016 at 7:26 pm

1956 photo added of the opening of “Giant”, photo courtesy of Wendy Wilson. Whose mother worked in the concession stand at this time. Via the Traces If Texas facebook page.

DavidZornig on June 28, 2016 at 8:25 pm

1967 photo added courtesy of the Traces Of Texas Facebook page.

DavidZornig on August 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm

1976 photo added courtesy of the Vintage Everyday Facebook page.

DavidZornig on October 22, 2017 at 8:10 am

15th Annual Holiday Extravaganza image added credit The Polyphonic Spree.

DavidZornig on September 29, 2018 at 9:00 am

Majestic in 1970 at 1:02 in the video.

Mister_Comics on June 15, 2019 at 4:58 pm

1959 the Majestic had the “world premier” of “The Killer Shrews” and “The Giant Gila Monster” twin bill. Newspaper article added to the “Photo” section.

DavidZornig on May 8, 2020 at 12:12 pm

1972 promotional vomit bag image added, for “Mark of the Devil” at the Majestic Theatre, courtesy Kanon Beltran.

bufffilmbuff on December 9, 2022 at 8:20 pm

I don’t see any mention here, but Brian DePalma used the theater as a significant location for his cult classic PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE.

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