Majestic Theatre

36 Main Street,
Conway, NH 03818

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50sSNIPES on September 26, 2023 at 2:29 pm

Unlike most theaters, this theater went under three different names through its first year of operation.

This started life as the New Theatre on June 24, 1931 with Leila Hyams in “Stepping Out” along with a couple short subjects, but a shorter time later it was renamed the New Conway Theatre by the end of the year. In May 1932, it was renamed the Majestic Theatre.

spectrum on March 20, 2021 at 6:27 am

Looks like the Majestic is open, according to their Facebook Page.

spectrum on March 16, 2021 at 7:20 am

Corrected link to the official website:

schmauch on July 30, 2016 at 9:17 am

I was the main projectionist at the Majestic during my high school years in the late 70s/early 80s. My uncle Jon Hively, who still lives in the area (and recently published a book about his years working on the Cog Railway) was instrumental in re-opening the theater back then. He taught me how to run the Simplex projectors, which of course were lit with rectifier powered carbon arc lamps. It was a great experience for me, and looking back, somewhat of a privilege. I made about $25/per show, which was spent immediately later in the evening, usually at Horsefeathers where I’d meet up with friends. In the winter there could be 5 people in the house. It was nearly impossible to heat the place, and I wondered how the fuel bill could possible be paid out of the meager receipts. The manager, Rob George, and I would shovel the snow off of the stage roof. In the summer I remember an occasional full house, which I think was about 400. The screening of “The In-laws” was one such time.
So many great stories and memories!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 26, 2015 at 11:05 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Majestic, it’s Card # 480. Address is Main St. There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. Condition is Good. The report says that it opened in 1935, but someone crossed that out and wrote in “1930-31”. It was showing MGM films, and had 480 seats. The 1940 population was 3,600.

ConwayMajestic on May 7, 2015 at 4:47 pm

The Majestic Theatre has been purchased by Mountain Top Music Center and will be renovated.

Read about the project at:

Here is a feature article which details the story and plans, from the Conway Daily Sun (April 2015):

rivest266 on August 18, 2013 at 8:24 am

Facebook page for this theatre has been removed. Website does not have any listings. Closed?

bicyclereporter on August 4, 2012 at 11:18 am

biked by this the other day. looked like it was back in time. the stagehouse is nothing to die for. Conway is a quiet town, as i came down the Kanc en route to Fryeburg. North Conway is where all the action is. I have pix.

yaron on June 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

what is there website?

rivest266 on December 29, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Website is closed, is the theatre also closed?

kencmcintyre on January 6, 2007 at 8:39 am

Here are photos taken after the fire in April 2005:

richardg on April 4, 2005 at 4:40 pm

Joe’s no quitter so if there’s anything left after the fire, the theatre will re-open. I only hope those lovely wall sconces weren’t damaged. Looking forward to seeing you and the completed restorations this fall.

richardg on November 10, 2004 at 7:24 pm

I wanted to see a movie in this theatre so I saw “Maria Full Of Grace” for a second time. Joe Quirk, the owner gave me the complete tour. The twinned theatre in North Conway and the Mt. Valley Mall Theatres (six screens if I remember correctly) make it difficult for Joe to show anything even close to a blockbuster film but he’s survived for many years and is determined to keep the Majestic open. Joe’s upgraded many of the theatre’s mechanics and it’s a great place to see a movie. The opportunity to see the lovely art deco wall sconces alone is worth more than the admission price.

Gregg on February 5, 2004 at 3:59 pm

The web site for this theatre is located at: