The Majestic Theatre in Belize City, late 1960's
Before television and the internet, we had the MAJESTIC THEATER on Queen Street, you can see different photos of it as time changes, from a movie house to a church to a store room, you also see the top of it in the black and white photo, also a portion of the police station.
The opening film when the Majestic opened was the 1949 Musical/Romance "That Midnight Kiss". Majestic was owned and operated by Santiago Castillo Ltd. The snack shop was owned by old Muching Perdomo. Travelers Rum (late Mario Perdomo) dad.
The guy sitting on the ledge they call him Black Chiney. He was dark in features and had Asian looking eyes, he was a famous scalptor. The blue snow cone cart is Hello Amigo. Francine Avila: Oh my goodness and there he is, Amigo! He was our mobile snack cart guy at school. I remember that hat and posture. He would be in the school grounds for recess and at the end of the school day for us kids to buy things like Oranges with his special salt and loads of enticing things to eat and drink!! I loved the plums and sapra too. They were seasonal. Craboo was another tasty snack and all so very healthy. We hardly ever had rubbish! Sharon Chavannes: He passed away some years ago. And yes I do remember buying oranges with salt and pepper. And the snowcones with condensed milk. Loved the tambran!
The Majestic Theatre was the only theatre that showed Spanish movies. At one time a Division of the Angelos Press was located there. I can recall buying a Brother brand Typewriter there. Frederick Vernon
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dem pop corn in da cart was the best lol
Sunday matinee in the early evening...The rule in our house, no church no matinee. My parents never relented on that rule, not even once!
Memories. The best memories is the ones we hold on to and I have some fun memories that I am holding on to that was made right here in THE MAJESTIC. My favorite seat was in the back on the lefthand side on Sunday evenings. Oh what memories was made there......Lol
I remember kids use to peep under the door while the movies were on going. I think the worst part is there were a few guys that had the privilege to purchase bunches of tickets ahead (scalpers) and sell then for much higher prices. I do not know if officer Tablada used to keep the line in order or if Cassak used to also.
Yes I remember the majestic theater as well as the eden (my late uncle's name). I remember going there for matinee after Sunday school at church with my cousins. Sometimes we would sneak out if the feature started early. Mr. Roy would let us in free. I remember watching the movie Tarantula there with my cousin Michael Pinks . Always remember him acting up when the tarantula came on screen. Good memories.
Best movie days ever, even as kids didn't have to worry bout crime and safety.
i watched many movies there...well, parts of movies as the power would go out and then everyone left the theater...
Passed it everyday going to St. Mary's, lot of nice memories
Albert Avila: I saw some of the great movies there. we went more to Palace. My love for going to the movies started at these cinemas. I used to enjoy watching those cliffhanger movies with the crowed cheering when the good side would show up to rescue the downtrodden. I used to like when someone would make a wise crack during the movie and the entire audience would laugh. I used to love getting early to see the cartoons. I used to love crackerjack in the box and the little toy inside. I used to enjoy double headers especially when the first movie was a scary movie; the second one would make me forget the scary movie.
Here's the old theatre today (2020).
Carlos Cervantes Sr.:
Great memories at Majestic. Hot and the only windows at the top lol
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Photograph by Ernest N Brannon Jr.
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