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Majestic Theatre

Photo from the Dave Kraft collection.
East St & Washington St
Bloomington IL

Demolished 1956
Record #29675  
 Opened: April 18, 1910
 Closed: Yes (date unknown)
 Demolished: 1956
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Information for this tour was contributed by Dave Kraft.

The Majestic Theatre, located at the southwest corner of East and Washington Streets, was Bloomington's largest and most successful vaudeville house. Fred Allen, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Roy Rogers and Mae West all performed at the Majestic.

The theater opened on April 18, 1910. Vaudeville cards often included short films, and the Majestic had a Majesticscope moving picture machine to show animated photography.

By the late 1930s, vaudeville was unable to compete against movies and radio; by the late 1940s to early 1950s the Majestic stood empty and forlorn. The theater was demolished in April 1956.

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Photos from the Dave Kraft collection.

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Last featured 6/8/2008. Last edited 9/22/2019.

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