Documenting the American South


Going to the Show


219 N. Front St., Wilmington, North Carolina

Dates of Operation 11/26/1907 - 1/1909*
Performance Types illustrated songs , movies , musical performances
Racial Policy presumed white
DescriptionSituated in a downtown commercial building, the Majestic was the most architecturally elaborate movie theater in Wilmington, and the first with a balcony. It was also the first in the city to add musical accompaniment to the films themselves.
NotesIt is likely that the Majestic did not admit African Americans.
Building NotesThe Majestic was located in one of the two storefronts of the Shrier Building, just a few doors north of the Bijou Theater (205 North Front Street). The Majestic occupied the northern half of the first floor of the two-story Shrier Building. The Shrier Building was approximately 30 feet wide and 80 feet deep, but its first floor was divided into two narrow store front spaces, each fifteen feet by 80 feet. It appears that it was the first movie theater in Wilmington to have a balcony.
Associated Persons
Atkins, Jack musician
Fletcher, John M. singer (1907*)
Huston, Edgar E. proprietor (11/1907*)
Ivy, Rose singer
Jewell, Leon pianist (1907*)
Russell, Dave singer (1907*)
Associated Organizations


  1. Majestic Timeline Commentary
    Tags: balcony; illustrated song; manager; music; storefront theaters; vaudeville
  2. Theatorium Timeline Commentary
    Tags: illustrated song; ladies and children; manager; music; pianist; religious films; renovation; storefront theaters

Newspaper Clippings

  1. Swell New Moving Picture Theatre That Will be Thrown Open to the Public Tuesday Night - Majestic
    Wilmington Dispatch - 11/23/1907
    Tags: balcony; film title; fire; manager; music; notable; opening notice; projection problems; promotions
  2. At the Majestic - New and Delightful Bill On at the Majestic
    Wilmington Dispatch - 11/29/1907
    Tags: film title; illustrated song; manager; program change
  3. Changed Hands - Charleston Manager Purchases the Theatorium
    Wilmington Dispatch - 11/29/1907
    Tags: change in owner; illustrated song; manager; notable
  4. Majestic - Ad - illustrated songs
    Wilmington Dispatch - 12/12/1907
    Tags: admission price; illustrated song
  5. Adds an Orchestra - Delightful New Feature Introduced at the Majestic
    Wilmington Dispatch - 12/14/1907
    Tags: band or orchestra; color films; film title; illustrated song; manager; music; pianist
  6. At the Majestic Theatre - Ad - Mme. Rose Ivy
    Wilmington Dispatch - 12/26/1907
    Tags: admission price; illustrated song; manager; music; program change; vaudeville
  7. Majestic
    Wilmington Dispatch - 12/30/1907
    Tags: admission price; advertisement; film title; illustrated song; storefront theaters
  8. For Rent
    Wilmington Star - 4/22/1909