Majestic Theater

293 Main Street,
Paterson, NJ 07505

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Previously operated by: Independent Theater Service Inc.

Architects: Charles E. Sleight

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Majestic Theater

The Majestic Theater opened November 28, 1910 with vaudeville and movies presentened on the Majestoscope. It was located right across from the U.S. Theater on upper Main Street in Paterson. For many years had triple features (mainly cowboy films) and later switched to Spanish films before it’s demise.

Probably demolished in the 1970’s.

Contributed by larry 1

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teecee on March 2, 2006 at 5:57 am

Listed as open in the 1944 FDY. Listed in the 1961 FDY as part of Triangle-Liggett Theatre Service.

teecee on March 2, 2006 at 7:52 am

Listed as part of Independent Theater Service, Inc. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.

teecee on April 6, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Built by Max Gold in 1910. From 1910 to 1926 vaudeville only. In 1926 the primary focus switched to movies but live vaudeville continued until 1952. A photo can be found on page 62 of Images of America: Downtown Paterson.

boardinbigb on December 5, 2007 at 2:23 am

My Dad worked at the Majestic Theatre in Paterson NJ as an usher from 1944 to 46 before joining the army. I still have his usher uniform. I also have some old pictures of him in his uniform. Fancy blue jacket with big brass Warner Brothers buttons on it. He had some good stories about that theatre. He used to talk about Lou Martin too. Said he changed his name from Guinsberg. If anyone is interested in it I have it listed on eBay. I would love to have a collector own it. It is a real peice of history. Click on address and check it out. View link

larry on April 28, 2009 at 3:01 pm

Does anyone remember the State Theater in Paterson?

malone on May 27, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Lou Martin was my grandfather. He changed his last name from Ginsberg back in the early 1940s, and he died in 1963. As a child I used to sit on the ticketseller’s lap and push the buttons to make the tickets come out. The Majestic Theatre was showing horror films all the time then (late 50s), and I was afraid to watch them. That’s why I would spend my time with the ticketseller, or else wandering backstage behind the screen or downstairs in the office.

samsspos on September 27, 2009 at 4:43 am

What beautiful memories this Theater holds dear to me. As a young girl of maybe 11 or 12 in the late 40’s I danced for an Accordion Band called Tom Brino’s band and we would perform at the theater during intermission time. My girlfriend also danced for him and she also sang. We also performed on East Side High School stage too. Man, that was a long time ago. A lot of the theaters back then had shows like the vaudeville days.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Andrew Craig Morrison’s Theatres says that the Majestic was built in 1910, and designed by Paterson architect Charles E. Sleight. Sleight designed at least one other theater in Paterson. His son, Alfred E. Sleight, designed the Plaza Theatre, built in 1921.

rivest266 on March 1, 2019 at 4:46 pm

Grand opening ad posted.

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