Majestic Theatre

315 S. Gay Street,
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Previous Names: Lyceum Theatre

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Majestic Theatre

Known to be operating in 1914 with a policy of short subjects.

Contributed by Will Dunklin

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Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on August 31, 2006 at 9:56 am

The Majestic Theatre was located at 315 South Gay Street, Knoxville, Tennessee. It opened in 1908 under the name Lyceum with Robert Robinson as manager. The manager in 1909 was W.H.Sneed. In 1910 the theatre’s name changed to Majestic and Frank Rogers was the manager. The city directory for 1910 indicates that this theatre provided motion pictures and vaudeville.

A modern building occupies the site.

hownowbrownpaul on May 29, 2012 at 7:45 pm

This theater is mentioned in James Agee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “A Death in the Family,” an autobiographical account of Agee’s childhood around the time his father died in a car accident in May 1916. At the beginning of the novel, Agee (Rufus Follett in the story) and his father go to see a Charlie Chaplin film at the Majestic, and he describes the auditorium as having “the exhilarating smell of stale tobacco, rank sweat, perfume and dirty drawers, while the piano played fast music”.

tntim on May 3, 2015 at 2:32 pm

A small blurb in The Film Daily on June 25, 1937 lists the Majestic as “dismantled” along with the Palace in Greenville, TN.

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