Majestic Theatre (East St. Louis, Illinois)

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Majestic Theatre
Majestic Theatre side view.jpg
Side view of the theatre
Majestic Theatre (East St. Louis, Illinois) is located in Illinois
Majestic Theatre (East St. Louis, Illinois)
Majestic Theatre (East St. Louis, Illinois) is located in the US
Majestic Theatre (East St. Louis, Illinois)
Location 240-246 Collinsville Ave., East St. Louis, Illinois
Coordinates 38°37′38″N 90°9′28″W / 38.62722°N 90.15778°W / 38.62722; -90.15778Coordinates: 38°37′38″N 90°9′28″W / 38.62722°N 90.15778°W / 38.62722; -90.15778
Area less than one acre
Built 1928 (1928)
Architect Boller Bros.
Architectural style Spanish Gothic
NRHP Reference # 85000977[1]
Added to NRHP May 9, 1985

The Majestic Theatre is a historic movie theater located at 240-246 Collinsville Ave. in East St. Louis, Illinois. Built in 1928, the theater replaced a 1907 theater which had burned down. The Spanish Gothic theater was designed by the Boller Brothers, who were nationally prominent theater architects. Multicolored tiles decorate the building's front facade, forming patterned mosaics. The front facade also features piers with decorative peaks and tall arched windows. The theater attracted numerous celebrities to its grand opening, and it represented several firsts among East St. Louis cinemas; it was the first in the city with a modern air conditioning system and the first in Southern Illinois to show talkies. The theater closed in the 1960s.[2]

The theater was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 9, 1985.[1]

The front facade of the theatre, now overgrown with weeds

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Reichert, William; Margaret M. Dodson (January 1985). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: Majestic Theatre" (PDF). National Park Service.