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Majestic Theatre Municipal Heritage Building

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1C, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1989/07/21

Exterior photo of building where opposite sides meet at the central tower and main door, taken February 2005.; HFNL/ Deborah O'Rielly 2005
Majestic Theatre, 390 Duckworth Street, St. John's
Aerial view of the Majestic Theatre, looking northwest.  Photo taken circa 1950.; City of St. John's Archives 2006.
The Majestic Theatre, St. John's, NL.
View looking south, side facade of the Majestic Theatre, St. John's, Gower.  Photo taken circa 1977.; City of St. John's Archives 2006.
The Majestic Theatre, St. John's, NL.

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Construction Date(s)

1918/01/01 to 1919/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/06/19

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.

Heritage Value

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.

Character-Defining Elements

All those elements of vernacular commercial architecture, including:
-flat iron shaped footprint;
-domed tower with windows;
-plainly adorned facade;
-single hung windows;
-corner boards;
-moulded eaves;
-general massing and height;
-location on two city streets; and
-orientation, dimensions.



Newfoundland and Labrador

Recognition Authority

City of St. John's

Recognition Statute

Newfoundland and Labrador Urban and Rural Planning Act

Recognition Type

City of St. John's Heritage Building

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


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




Additional Information

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

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