The Centennial Celebration of the Majestic Theatre is Underway

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City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Michael Schwedler- Manager of the Majestic Theatre
michael.schwedler@dallascityhall.com
214.670.1869

The Centennial Celebration of the Majestic Theatre is Underway

DALLAS— In April 2021, the Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) kicked off the Majestic Centennial
Celebration. The Majestic Theatre first opened its doors in 1921 and is the last standing theater of
“Theatre Row,” Dallas’ historic Elm Street entertainment center. It was designed by John Eberson, one of the foremost designers of theaters in the early 20th Century, and served as the crown jewel of Karl Hoblitzelle’s Interstate Theater Company. The Hoblitzelle Foundation gifted The Majestic Theatre to the City of Dallas in January 1976. After major restoration, the theater reopened in 1983 as a performing arts venue.

Kicking off this occasion was the premiere of the new documentary, “Majestic 100: Celebrating 100 Years” on KERA Channel 13. It will be rebroadcast on July 5th at 8 PM and Saturday, August 7th at 6 PM. The theater’s rich history is told through the documentary, which will be rebroadcast throughout the year and at upcoming, special, in-person events.

Now that in-person events have resumed, Centennial Chairman Lynn McBee is planning several upcoming ways for more people to enjoy the theater during its anniversary season. On Saturday, September 18th, a sold-out gala dinner will be held onstage. The evening, chaired by Kim Hext, will celebrate the legacy and impact of the theater’s owner Karl Hoblitzelle and Hoblitzelle Foundation, and present our Majestic Centennial Award to Deedie Rose for her dedication and service to historical preservation, the performing arts, and the City of Dallas. All proceeds will be used to establish the Friends of the Majestic Fund, an accessibility fund for Dallas education and arts organizations to utilize the theater who otherwise may not have the ability to rent it on their own.

The following afternoon from 1-3pm, the Majestic is hosting a Community Open House at the theater and the adjacent Pacific Plaza Park. This Open House is an extraordinary indoor and outdoor experience with music by Herbie Johnson, performances by Dallas Black Dance Theatre, a family movie screening of Charlie Chaplin’s silent film “The Kid” from 1921 accompanied by pianist Paul Slavens, tours of the theater, food trucks and performances at Pacific Park Plaza, and so much more. Elizabeth Wattley and Marissa Horne are Co-Chairs for this special afternoon.

The Majestic Theatre will close out its 100th year with a third major event, a special concert in April 2022, kicking off a brand new Majestic century. We look forward to celebrating with you!

To learn more about the Majestic Centennial, visit https://majestic.dallasculture.org/centennial/
To donate to the Majestic Centennial please visit: https://majestic.dallasculture.org/centennial/
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