The old Majestic Theatre on Queen Street in Belize City is now a church
The old Majestic Theatre on Queen Street has undergone a transformation, It was recently fixed up and painted. Believe it or not, it is now a church.
This place holds many memories of my youth. Movies meeting my friends buying snacks at Perdomos little snack bar etc. But one of my favorites is when I walked down the aisle to Pomp and Circumstances on my graduation night. I believe that was the only time it was held there and no prom because of Hurricane Hattie. The parish hall at Holy Redeemer was very damaged after the hurricane.
My sister Felicia graduated from there too. This was the first time my mom ever set foot in Majestic Theatre. The Perdomo's saloon was called the "Yankee Dollar" saloon. I remember the man who use to sell stuff inside the theatre with an wooden tray strapped on his shoulders.
The history of Theatre in Belize should be most interesting; according to my parents there was a theatre before Majestic and Palace in Belize City. The story is that it caught fire during the movie King Kong and people had to run. They were in there when it happened.
I can also recall in the late 1950s when they gave away Betty Milk, a condensed milk at a half time of a movie at Majestic. Palace was all western movies for Santiago Castillo's Brook Bond Tea matinee. We saw exciting black n white westerns such as Roy Rogers, Jean Audrey, Allan Rocky Lane,,,think he is the one who it was said had a bald head so his hat was glued on his head. It must have been true because in all his rumble and tumble his hat never came off.
Majestic is where I saw my first movie circa 1956; it was a Victor Matthew ...think the movie was Saloma of the South Seas.
Photographs by Noel Escalante
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