Majestic Theatre

Address: 4136 Woodward Ave
City: Detroit
State: MI
Zip:
County: Wayne
Open: 1915
Capacity: 1651
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Number of visits to this page: 5942
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3/24/2008 - R.Cardinal
The Majestic in Detroit was owned and operated along with several other
Movie Theaters by tow gentlemen in the 1930''s and into the 50''s
Ben and Louis coen also had the Roxy, Rio, Mayfair,Hollywood, Capitol and
others I do not rememb er. Their offices were located in the Saville at
3160 Seond Blve (now Ave.)

They owned the Paradise theater also on
Woodward Ave. located a few blocks up from the Majestic on the other side
of the street.
The Paradise was famous for not it''s movies but for it''s
great black bands of that time prior to WW2 and after. I know nothing of
the history after that time. I do remember goiing to the Roxy a lot as a kid
on my own and it was great , You could see 4 features of the day with all
the shorts, new reels and the price was right.....11 cents including tax.

The racial tensions in Detroit started during WW2 were by defense worker
from the Southern part of the country who in their own states observed
Jim Crow. I am white and use to attend the Paradise frequently and was
perhaps only a handful of whites in the entire theater to listen to the great
big bands of the day like cab Calloway and never had
a problem.
3/19/2008 - Sean Fitzgerald
I just saw the Dirt Bombs play their CD release show in the Magic Stick a few weeks back, Awesome show!!! that venue that is part of the Magestic Theatre Complex. Saw the Go in the actual theatre over christmas and the sound was actually decent for a change. Saw Screaming Jay Hawkins, Michelle Shocked and a bunch of other great shows here. This place is legendary among the current detroit Rocknroll scene. The theatre''s Cafe has awesome food and a ridiculously huge beer menu. I once made crazy larry the street guy retrieve a mic he had stolen from me and 404 willis kids and sold to the owners of the theatre. It was sweet satisfaction. If you sit in the cafe the ceiling curves beneath the balcony. You can tell where they chopped the front of the building off to widen Woodward. Funny to think the original Llobby is now in the two right hand Northbound lanes of traffic!
3/19/2008 - Sean Fitzgerald
I just saw the Dirt Bombs play their CD release show in the Magic Stick a few weeks back, Awesome show!!! that venue that is part of the Magestic Theatre Complex. Saw the Go in the actual theatre over christmas and the sound was actually decent for a change. Saw Screaming Jay Hawkins, Michelle Shocked and a bunch of other great shows here. This place is legendary among the current detroit Rocknroll scene. The theatre''s Cafe has awesome food and a ridiculously huge beer menu. I once made crazy larry the street guy retrieve a mic he had stolen from me and 404 willis kids and sold to the owners of the theatre. It was sweet satisfaction. If you sit in the cafe the ceiling curves beneath the balcony. You can tell where they chopped the front of the building off to widen Woodward. Funny to think the original Llobby is now in the two right hand Northbound lanes of traffic!
1/13/2004 - Cinema Treasures
The Majestic was built in 1915 as a legitimate playhouse, but by the late 20s had switched to films. It was designed by C. Howard Crane. An interesting early feature of the Majestic was its lighting system which could simulate dawn or dusk in the auditorium before the show. It also had an early air-conditioning system where huge blocks of ice in the basement were blown on by large fans and the air circulated throughout the theater. In the early 30s, when Woodward Avenue was being widened, Crane's original facade was remodeled by the firm of Bennett & Straight who created a colorful, soaring terra cotta-clad Art Deco facade for the Majestic. Eventually, the Majestic became a second and third-run house, then, after the theater closed in the 50s, a church, photo studio, and, later, a trophy store. Finally, in 1987, it was restored and reopened as a concert hall. The Majestic has since become one of Detroit's finest concert venues for rock, blues, reggae, and world music performers. Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, Wilco, and the Reverend Horton Heat are among the many artists to have played on the Majestic's stage since it opened.
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