Majestic Theatre Municipal Heritage Building
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C, Canada
Links and documents
1918/01/01 to 1919/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Majestic Theatre is a four storey domed building located at the corners of Duckworth and New Gower Street, St. John's, NL. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
This building has been designated for its aesthetic and historical values.
The Majestic Theatre, 390 Duckworth Street, has aesthetic value because it is a rare example of a flat iron shaped building in the city. The Majestic Theatre is constructed in a vernacular architectural style with a Romansque Revival end tower. It is built on two city streets, meeting at a central domed tower, where the main entrance is located. This building is plainly adorned, with simple corner boards and moulded eaves. The tower has three visible sides with single hung windows located in each, and the rounded dome reflects this window fenestration with smaller windows in it.
The Majestic Theatre has historic value because it was the birthplace of the famous political riot of April 1932, in which two thousand people gathered there to march to the Colonial Building. The Colonial Building was damaged in the riot and Prime Minister Sir Richard Squires barely escaped lynching. The Majestic Theatre was also the site for Responsible Government rallies and the headquarters of the Confederate Party during the Confederation debate in 1948-49.
Source: City of St. John's Municipal Designation Files - 390 Duckworth Street, St. John's.
All those elements of vernacular commercial architecture, including:
-flat iron shaped footprint;
-domed tower with windows;
-plainly adorned facade;
-single hung windows;
-general massing and height;
-location on two city streets; and
Newfoundland and Labrador
City of St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador Urban and Rural Planning Act
City of St. John's Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Eating or Drinking Establishment
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of St. John's Archives, 3rd Floor Railway Coastal Museum, 495 Water Street, P.O. Box 908, St. John's, NL A1C 5M2
Cross-Reference to Collection