AKA: The Saxon Theatre, Boston, MA; Emerson Majestic Theatre, Boston, MA

Structure Type: built works - performing arts structures - theatres

Designers: Howard, John Galen, Architect (firm); John Galen Howard (architect)

Dates: constructed 1903

219 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116-4717

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Originally, John Galen Howard designed the Majestic Theatre to house live productions in 1903, and housed many vaudeville programs in the 1920's. In the 1950s, the Majestic was converted to exhibit motion pictures exclusively. Over the years, traces of Howard's Beaux-Arts Classicism were removed or obscured. The Sacks Theatre chain operated the venue until 1983, changing its name to the Saxon Theatre, early on. Nearby Emerson College purchased the building in the 1980s for re-use as the campus performing arts center. It had renovated the venue by 1989, restoring its original Beaux-Arts decor.

The Majestic seated 976 when it opened in 1903.

PCAD id: 801