Majestic Theatre

406 S. Main Street,
Tulsa, OK 74103

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Previous Names: Majestic Art Theatre, Penthouse Cinema

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Majestic Theatre

For many years, the Majestic Theatre was the theatre that showed first-run films. It started as a silent-film theatre in 1918, and was the first Tulsa theatre to install an organ, a Robert Morton 3 manual 16 ranks instrument which was opened by organist Wade Hamilton. It was also the first theatre in Tulsa to convert to talkies on February 11, 1928 when Al Jolson in “The Jazz Singer” was screened. It featured a lavish interior. It was the first in Tulsa to screen 3D movies. The Robert Morton organ was removed from the building in 1956 to be broken up for spare parts.

It ended its days as an adult movie theatre from August 18, 1965. On September 18, 1970 the balcony became a second screen named the Penthouse Cinema screening the Swedish film “I Am Curious (Yellow)”. It was closed on September 9, 1973 when it was destroyed by a fire. The remains were demolished in late-1973.

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Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

seymourcox on April 13, 2007 at 10:53 pm

A new 1940s marquee & mansard roof for a spiffier look,

JohnMcConnel on April 14, 2007 at 9:53 am

Note the large elevated Ritz sign in the upper right-hand corner of the 1950s Majestic photo A0219. Would that have been for the theatre, or was there another building with the name Ritz?

seymourcox on May 17, 2007 at 8:23 pm

Two more Majestic Theatre exterior shots, ten years apart -
c1968, after it had switched over to X-rated product. In those days it was best to remain discreet when promoting raunchy loops -

raybradley on September 7, 2007 at 1:05 pm

What do you smoke, Seymour? There are twenty years between 1948 and 1968.

DavidZornig on June 12, 2016 at 9:28 am

1957 partial marquee photo added.

karlschneider on July 24, 2016 at 5:55 pm

That address is wrong, the Majestic was on an east-west street, not Main. I’m pretty sure it was 4th, just east of Boston. I know it was ‘around the corner’ from the Ritz and Orpheum both on the same street As an adolescent, I and my friends who lived around 36th & Lewis often walked, biked or bused into town to go to movies at all 3 of these (and pig out on Coney’s at the original joint) frequently. Sometimes at Nelson’s ‘buffeteria’ too.

Chris1982 on July 24, 2016 at 10:28 pm

If the theatre was on 4th east of Boston, the theatre was demolished.

karlschneider on July 25, 2016 at 9:50 am

Yep it sure was, about 50 years ago…sadly. There are almost no surviving grand downtown houses any more anywhere. The Ritz and Orpheum were on the same side (south) of the same street…maybe 5th? The Majestic was on the north side and just 1 or 2 blocks away. I’m pretty sure it was not on the same street as the R&O. By the way we also went to the Delman and Will Rogers pretty often, I don’t know when those were demolished…I imagine one could Google it.

rivest266 on December 5, 2022 at 11:41 pm

This reopened as an adult cinema on August 18th, 1965, and the balcony became the Penthouse, which opened on September 18th, 1970, with “I am Curious” (Yellow). Grand opening ad posted. This should be listed with two screens.

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