This Week in Texas Music History: The Majestic Theatre
On April 11, 1921, the Majestic Theatre opened at its current location in downtown Dallas. As the flagship of a larger, national chain of theaters, the Majestic’s elaborately decorated interior made it an architectural work of art. The theater featured nationally-prominent vaudeville acts, as well as the latest Hollywood movies.
From the 1920s to the 1960s, the Majestic hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Harry Houdini, Mae West, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Ginger Rogers, and Duke Ellington. The Majestic Theater was closed for most of the 1970s, but it reopened in 1983 and has hosted performances by the Dallas Ballet, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and others.